The La Follette School and the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (DPLA) offer a three-year double-degree program in planning and public affairs that culminates in two degrees: a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (URPL) and a Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs degree. The program requires 72 units of graduate credits and normally requires three years for completion.
Persons interested in this double-degree program must apply to both departments. At the time of original application to the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School, applicants may apply for both programs simultaneously. At any time during enrollment at UW–Madison, students may also request to add the second major. In applying for the second major, currently enrolled students should inquire about the timeline for admission decisions by the second program.
More details are available from advisers in either department. Students considering the double-degree program are urged to contact both URPL and La Follette representatives.
In general, students in the program are expected to complete core requirements for both programs by the end of their second year of studies. This permits course work in year three to focus upon one of the URPL areas of concentration.
Core Public Affairs Courses
Core Urban & Regional Planning Courses
Methods of Planning Analysis
Introduction to Planning
Planning Thought & Practice
Planning & the Legal System
Structure & Functions of Cities & Regions
Visual Communication for Planners
Adding a major (For students already enrolled in the MPA, MIPA or URPL)