Graduate career outcomes

Learn where our master’s degree graduates found work by employer and sector.

Where our 2023 graduates work

Pie chart of six-month job outcomes for 2023 graduates of our master’s degree programs. Placements are as follows: 2.4% local government, 42.9% state government, 14.3% federal government, 16.7% NGO or nonprofit, 16.7% private sector, and 7.1% are pursuing further education.

Data shows where students who earned one of our master’s degrees in 2023 found work six months after graduating.

Of 43 La Follette School 2023 Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) graduates, 40 entered the workforce and three sought additional degrees. Of those entering the workforce, 97.5% (39 out of 40 graduates) reported that they had secured employment in their fields by December 2023.

Of those who secured employment, 95% of graduates found jobs focused on domestic policy and management and 5% found jobs focused on international policy and management.

Employers that hired our 2023 graduates

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Local Government (2.4%)

  • Waukesha County

State Government (42.9%)

  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
  • Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Public Service Commission
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Legislative Audit Bureau
  • State of Maine Department of Labor

Federal Government (14.3%)

  • Government Accountability Office
  • USAID (United States Agency for International Development)
  • Veterans Benefits Administration
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. Department of Labor

NGO/Nonprofit (16.7%)

  • Madison Regional Economic Partnership (MadREP)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison
  • Great Lakes Intertribal Food Coalition
  • Community Service Society of NY

Private Sector (16.7%)

  • Associated Physicians, LLP
  • Alight Solutions
  • Hoffman
  • University of Chicago – UrbanLabs
  • MetaPhase consulting
  • Management Science and Innovation
  • Mathematica