Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs provides selected UW-Madison undergraduates an opportunity to jumpstart the Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs program. If accepted, a student can take a small number of advanced courses in the last year of their undergraduate program. After the student completes their undergraduate requirements, students begin a fifth graduate year, devoted to full-time graduate study with the La Follette School.

Application Process

Application for admission to the accelerated program for MPA or MIPA must be made directly to the La Follette School after five semesters of undergraduate study. Students who plan to complete their undergraduate degree in 3 years are not eligible for the accelerated program. Applications are due by January 1. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Students enrolling in the accelerated program also must formally apply for regular Graduate School admission during their final year of undergraduate study by filling out the Graduate School online application and submitting an updated résumé.

The following items are required for consideration for the accelerated degree. Applicants do not need to resubmit them when seeking formal Graduate School admission. All materials should be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Accelerated degree program application
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
    • Applicants should have faculty letter writers send their letters to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address with the applicant's name in the subject line.
  • A University of Wisconsin–Madison transcript showing a grade point average of 3.6 or higher
  • Résumé
  • All application materials submitted by the applicant and their letter writers should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Prerequisites

MPA Prerequisite Courses  (A strong MPA applicant has taken these courses and earned a B or above.)

MIPA Prerequisite Courses (A strong MIPA applicant has taken these courses and earned a B or above.)

Curriculum

Accelerated MPA Degree Plan

Accelerated MIPA Degree Plan

Final Undergraduate Year: In addition to courses needed to complete a BA or BS, students take 3-4 courses depending on their undergraduate course work:

  • Fall: 4-7 credits, students choose from core courses
  • Spring: 3-6 credits, students choose from core and elective courses.


Graduate Year:

  • Summer: Optional internship (0-3 credits)
  • Fall: 9-12 credits
  • Spring: 9-12 credits