Make an Impact

Now is the time to master the leadership skills that can unite and energize communities. You can make an impact on a neighborhood, an organization, a process, or a policy.

With the Master of Professional Studies in Civic Engagement, you'll have the tools to communicate effectively, manage a team and a budget, and lead with intent.

The MPS in Civic Engagement:

  • does not require a GRE score.
  • can be customized to meet your interests.
  • is taught by industry professionals.
  • is offered almost completely online.
  • welcomes students from different backgrounds and experiences.

What Is Civic Engagement?

Watch this short video to learn more.


Take the Next Step

Our graduate enrollment advisor, Steve Wicks, is ready to talk to you about your goals.

Steve Wicks headshot

You can also call him at 612-301-6127.


We offer four customizable tracks, including a self-designed option:

Civic Life and Social Justice

A multidisciplinary examination of civic and social issues

Global Citizenship

Work in health care, nonprofits, or NGOs addressing inequities

Election Administration

Gain expertise at the local, state, or national level


We approach the application process holistically. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • a preferred undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

Fall Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Application Deadline: November 1

Online Spring Course

You don't need to be admitted to the degree program to take this course. Simply email Steve Wicks if you're interested in registering.

CIVE 6314: Leading Projects and Teams (3 credits)
Starts January 18, 2022
Instructor: Carol Rinkoff

This course provides students the background and skills needed to enhance teamwork, make informed business decisions, or resolve productivity issues effectively. This course will focus on the principles techniques, and tools used to plan, control, monitor, and review projects to meet organizational monetary and time constraints. Through case studies and practical application, students will practice project management skills along with setting team priorities, performance objectives, and the team decision making process.

“This is a real opportunity for not only people who are starting their career, but also people who want a career change or that type of individual who finds a passion or is empowered by a different kind of engagement.” — Amy Kircher, Director of Graduate Studies, MPS in Civic Engagement

Connect With Us

Email enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or set up a virtual meeting.