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Academic Advising

Schedule an advising appointment, view policies and procedures and understand what to expect from the advising process

Declare a Public Policy Major

Current students who wish to declare a public policy major should work with our academic advising team to begin the process. Our public policy major is not a limited enrollment program, so all students are welcome to join assuming you have time to complete all the course requirements of the major.

Contact our academic advising team


Add a Minor

The School offers three minors. The application process for each is slightly different, so please review the below requirements carefully.

NOTE: If you wish to declare any of these minors, you must do so one full academic year in advance of graduation. Applications are accepted and approved on a rolling-basis with no deadline for applying.

Nonprofit Leadership & Social Innovation

Engage in hands-on learning to enhance your knowledge of local, national and global issues by minoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. You will examine different approaches to social impact and study the role of the nonprofit, non-governmental and social sectors, in addition to social innovation, leadership and nonprofit management skills. Students study the role of the nonprofit, NGO, and social sector, as well as social innovation, leadership, and the skills required for effective nonprofit management. 

HOW TO APPLY
  1. You must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0
  2. Complete the application form (electronically or handwritten) and email it to nplminor@umd.edu
  3. Schedule a mandatory advising appointment during advising hours.
Advising Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. 

Tuesdays
Noon - 1 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. 

Thursdays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Public Leadership

Explore the complex issues that face leaders around the world by minoring in Public Leadership. You will be empowered to think critically about the solutions needed for a range of pressing problems, examining such issues as democratization and human rights, crime and punishment, diversity and affirmative action, and poverty and inequality. In addition to exploring the issues, you will engage in critical questions and learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship.

HOW TO APPLY
  1. You must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0
  2. Complete the application form (electronically or handwritten) and email it to plminor@umd.edu
  3. Schedule a mandatory advising appointment during advising hours.
Advising Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. 

Tuesdays
Noon - 1 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. 

Thursdays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Sustainability

Examine the complexities and conflicts in meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same by minoring in Sustainability. You will grapple with an evolving area of inquiry that is gaining increasing interest from businesses, government agencies and non-governmental organizations around the world, and enhance your ability to critically think and advance solutions to issues that impact the environment, the economy and social equity.

HOW TO APPLY
  1. Complete the application form (electronically) and email it to susminor@umd.edu
  2. Schedule a mandatory advising appointment during advising hours.
Advising Hours

Mondays & Thursdays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fridays
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Academic Advising

Advising is an important, and required, element of your success. Find out more or make an appointment now.

Career Advising

Whether you are unsure of your career path or need help landing your first job, our Career Services staff are here to help. Career advisors can offer interview advice and even help identify your strengths.
Schedule an appointment

When should I meet with a career advisor?
We recommend you start meeting with career services in your first year as a policy major. The sooner you meet with us, the better we can help guide your course of study for your desired career path.

How do I schedule an appointment?
Contact us to set up an appointment or drop by during walk-in advising hours.

What other career resources can I access?
View our resources for your internship or career search.