Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Advances in neuroscience have important policy implications for child welfare and education, community development, mental health and health care, bioethics and aging, environmental risks and national security. The unique Neuroscience and Public Policy Program is one of the only programs of this type in the country. Courses prepare students to work in the growing array of domestic or international policy jobs involved in the management of science and its integration into policy analysis and design. Students become good scientists and effective communicators, managers, and advocates of good public policy.

MPA-Neuroscience Degree Plan

MIPA-Neuroscience Degree Plan


One application to the graduate school can be used to apply to both the La Follette School and the Neuroscience program. At the time of original application to the Graduate School, applicants can check off up to three programs. Materials submitted through the UW-Madison Graduate School online application will be visible to both programs. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both programs and receive a letter of acceptance from each program separately. Acceptance by one program, even if the applicant declares intent to pursue the combined program, does not imply acceptance by the other program.

MPA and NPP admissions

MIPA and NPP admissions

For more information about the Neuroscience and Public Policy program, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (the Neuroscience and Public Policy program is housed in the Neuroscience Training Program).

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Combined Program Neuroscience & Public Affairs Alumni

Highlighted below are a few La Follette School and Neuroscience combined program current students and alumni:

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