Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs offers domestic and international public affairs degrees. The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program provides education in public management and policy analysis that prepares students for careers in public policy and administration within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) Program prepares students from the United States and around the world to work in government, in businesses engaged with the global economy, for non-governmental organizations, or with consulting firms analyzing international policies. Students arrive with a passion for public policy and management and a commitment to public service. They graduate with the requisite skills, knowledge, contacts, and experience to transform passion and commitment into meaningful careers.
Learn more about a master's degree in public affairs >


Why La Follette?

2nd
Best Graduate School
For Social Policy
U.S. News & World Report


UW-Madison Ranks
6th
For Public Administration Subject Area
Center for World University Rankings


 8th
Best Graduate School
For Health Policy and Management
U.S. News & World Report


 13th
Among 272
Public Affairs/Policy Graduate Programs
U.S. News & World Report


McFerren Ruanda sq“The relationships that the La Follette School has with other institutions on campus and across the state really stood out to me. Students here are able to learn from all of these diverse resources.”

— Ruanda McFerren
Second-year student in double-degree program for public afairs (MPA) and urban and regional planning (MS)


OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, AN AVERAGE OF 96% OF LA FOLLETTE SCHOOL GRADUATES HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT IN THEIR FIELD WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATION.


IN 2017, LA FOLLETTE SCHOOL FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVED AWARDS IN 4 OF UW–MADISON’S 5 MAJOR RESEARCH COMPETITIONS.

“It’s unusual for a department to win one of these awards and a wonderful achievement to win four. Now, 11 of the La Follette School's 13 eligible faculty have won UW–Madison research awards.”

— Don Moynihan
Director and Professor


 

 

Priority admissions deadline is January 1, 2018


Students making an impact

Nemet and Rao
La Follette School students work alongside award-winning faculty on ground-breaking research and policy issues. Learn more >

Hutchison
La Follette School students jump-start their careers tackling critical policy issues for organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more >


Contact Admissions

Questions about applying, scheduling a visit? Contact us!
Phone: 608-262-9163
admissions@lafollette.wisc.edu


Recent Admissions Webchat Q&A
October 2017

Visit Day Presentation
March 2017