Graduate job placement

Information about job placement for our master’s degree graduates, including where our most recent graduates are working.

Also information on historical job placement for our Graduates.

Pie chart of job placement of the Class of 2021 (MPA/MIPA) six months after graduation. Placements are as follows: 7% local government, 34.9% state government, 9.3% federal government, 16.3% non-profit, 23.3% private sector, and 9.3% are pursuing further education.

Of 46 La Follette School 2022 Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) graduates, 42 entered the workforce and four sought additional degrees. Of those entering the workforce, 93% (39 out of 42 graduates) reported that they had secured employment in their fields by December 2022.

Of those who secured employment, 93% of graduates found jobs focused on domestic policy and management and 2% found jobs focused on international policy and management, and 5% have jobs that focus on both areas.

Where 2022 graduates are working

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Local Government (7%)

  • Bakersfield California City Council
  • Dane County
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

State Government (34.9%)

  • Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • New York State Senate
  • Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Wisconsin DHS, Bureau of Rate Setting, Division of Medicaid Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
  • Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB)
  • Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC)
  • Wisconsin State Budget Office

Federal Government (9.3%)

  • Federal Highway Administration, Colorado Division
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Energy (contracted to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy

Nonprofits (16.3%)

  • Children’s Institute
  • Data for Progress
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
  • Electrification Coalition
  • Iowa State Public Science Collaborative
  • Kids Forward
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison

Private Sector (23.3%)

  • Albee Law PC
  • Breakwater Solutions
  • Gorman Company
  • Grant Thornton/Guidehouse
  • Mathematica Policy Research

Pursuing Additional Graduate School (9.3%)

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Ph.D. programs
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School