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Advocacy and Political Leadership

Please note that this list provides information on the upcoming meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops and related events of the United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy. All meetings are open to members, corporate leaders, foundations, funds and programs, and the civil society. For conferences and debates and training programs related to the art of advocacy, diplomacy, political management, leadership development, and spiritual growth, each program have specific requirements. For further information, please contact info@orpe.us.

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Advocacy and Political Leadership is a Master degree level program designed to help public servants, leaders of nonprofit, and related  participants learn how to ethically bring about social change and influence public policy. Program offers a combination of theory and practice to help participants learn the skills to accomplish the changes they want to bring about in the world as well as to understand the larger context in which they can bring about these changes.

The program is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Lobbying

  • Art of Political Advocacy

  • Advocacy in the Nonprofit

  • Advocacy in the Public Sector

  • Labor Organizing and Leadership

  • The Ar of Leadership

  • The Art of Negotiation

  • Political Campaign Management

  • Strategy, Finance and Management

Participant outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Policy - Evaluate the roles in policy change at the local, state, and federal levels and have the skills to participate in policy initiatives in their development, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, participants will be able to :

    • identify those who are the political levers and actions that can be taken at the different levels in government;

    • create policy proposals

    • develop and commit to policy with an intersectional lens.

  • Social Change- Situate policy and social change efforts and campaigns within a historical and critical lens so as to be able to effectively engage in the present. Specifically, participant will be able to :

    • identify different forms of civic engagement, such as social movements or protest politics, electoral politics, community organizing or community service, and policy advocacy;

    • analyze the success of different models of engagement over time;

    • understand the diverse forces that have shaped civic life in the United States.” (Civic Learning Rubric); and d. Recognize the historical evolution and current opportunities and constraints for political effectiveness.

  • Leadership - Understand different leadership types and style as well as demonstrate personal leadership self-awareness. Specifically, students will be able to :

    • analyze skills of effective leaders within a wide array of leadership styles

    • evaluate student’s own leadership style and how to most effective use one’s strengths to move advocacy projects forward.

  • Communications - Effectively advocate and communicate in different social change endeavors and forms. Specifically, students will be able to :

    • write media plans which include press conferences, social media campaigns, and other tools relevant for bringing about action on one’s interests

    • create effective public presentations

  • Ethics and Values - Develop personal and institutional values that recognize students’ own and larger social values that uphold the following civic values: open-mindedness, civic negotiation, human dignity, social justice, and public good (from the AACU Civic Values Rubric).

  • Understand the MAPL code of ethics; and

  • Demonstrate action that is consistent with a code of ethics drawing from the MAPL code and AACU Civic Values rubric.

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

MAPL accepts new cohorts each fall and spring semester and limits the number of students in each new cohort to 20. To be eligible for admission to the program, all candidates must have:

  • A four-year Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Exception: Applicants may be accepted in MAPL with grade point averages below 3.0 as long as they have accomplished significant community-oriented service activity.)

  • Accomplished at least some community-oriented extracurricular activity, whether in service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, or in politics and political organizations.

Application instructions

Questions?

For questions about applying to the MAPL program, email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu (preferred) or call 651-793-1302.

Deadlines

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents International Students (outside U.S.) and International Students (in U.S.)

  • Fall Semester: March 1 priority deadline, June 1 final deadline

  • Spring Semester: October 1 priority deadline, November 15 deadline

  • Summer Term: No summer admissions

All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned.
To be considered for full admission you must submit all parts of the application packet:

Part one

  • Complete the Online Graduate Programs Application. You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.

  • Non-refundable application fee

    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.

  • Official transcripts

    • Official transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed from all schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.

    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.

    • The equivalent of a baccalaureate degree is required for all graduate programs.

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Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

MAPL accepts new cohorts each fall and spring semester and limits the number of students in each new cohort to 20. To be eligible for admission to the program, all candidates must have:

  • A four-year Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Exception: Applicants may be accepted in MAPL with grade point averages below 3.0 as long as they have accomplished significant community-oriented service activity.)

  • Accomplished at least some community-oriented extracurricular activity, whether in service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, or in politics and political organizations.

Application instructions

Questions?

For questions about applying to the MAPL program, email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu (preferred) or call 651-793-1302.

Deadlines

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents International Students (outside U.S.) and International Students (in U.S.)

  • Fall Semester: March 1 priority deadline, June 1 final deadline

  • Spring Semester: October 1 priority deadline, November 15 deadline

  • Summer Term: No summer admissions

All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned.
To be considered for full admission you must submit all parts of the application packet:

Part one

  • Complete the Online Graduate Programs Application. You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.

  • Non-refundable application fee

    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.

  • Official transcripts

    • Official transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed from all schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.

    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.

    • The equivalent of a baccalaureate degree is required for all graduate programs.

Part two

  • Two distinct reference letters from two people who can speak to your potential and experiences. References should email complete letters directly to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu. Select from two of the three categories:

    • Faculty member (if you have been in school in the past three years we highly value an academic evaluation)

    • Supervisor/employer

    • Peer or colleague

    • Note: Personal references, including family, are not accepted.

  • Goals essay

    • A word-processed paper (double-spaced and approximately two to three pages) explaining "Why the Master's Degree Would Help Me Achieve My Professional Goals," with specific reference to the program. Describe significant achievements, planned career, and community or personal activities, including what you can contribute to the program as well as what you hope to get out of the MAPL program.

  • Current Resumé

    • Describe all community-oriented extracurricular activities in which you have been involved, including service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, and/or activity in politics, political organizations, and student government.

Part three - international students only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)

    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5

    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based

  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)

  • Immunization records

  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

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