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.  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 January 1 and will be accepted after that on a rolling basis based on available space in the program. 

Students who receive an admission offer to the accelerated program can accept or decline the offer of admission but cannot defer. 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. Because accelerated students are in a program that has special approval and has been vetted by the Graduate School, accelerated students are not eligible to complete dual, double, joint, or combined degree programs. Applicants to the accelerated program are not considered for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships. However, it is not uncommon for accelerated students to find graduate assistantships in other departments on campus in their second year in the program as matriculated graduate students. 

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.:


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.)

Find out more about public affairs. 

Accelerated MPA and MIPA Application and Program Timeline

Contact Graduate Admissions

Phone: 608-262-9163



Prospective Student Folder

Prospective Student Canvas Page

The La Follette School will hold several prospective graduate student information sessions this fall 2022 and the dates and times in Central Standard Time are below. Links to RSVP will be posted in mid-August. In-person sessions will be held at the La Follette School of Public Affairs in the Observatory Hill Conference Building room 110. 

Monday, September 19, 2022
12:00-1:00pm, in-person and via Zoom

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
3:00-4:00pm, in-person and via Zoom

Friday, November 11, 2022
12:00-1:00pm via Zoom

Thursday, December 8, 2022
3:00-4:00pm via Zoom

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