Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MPA

A tool created by the Wall Street Journal shows that the La Follette School offers one of the best values among public policy master’s degrees in the country.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Jessie Martin, MPA

I really enjoyed Professor Wang’s course PA 873: Introduction to Policy Analysis. Everyone works on their own semester-long policy analysis report, and the class is structured in a way that you learn how to put each part of the report together as you progress through the semester.

The La Follette School partners with the Neuroscience Training Program to offer a unique neuroscience Ph.D. and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) combined degree that is one of its kind in the country.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Elizabeth Johnson, MPA, MPH

While working as a certified nursing assistant, I realized that I was sending my patients back into a broken system. Many patients would return to the hospital within a few weeks. Instead of continuing this path toward direct patient care, I wanted to act as an agent of change to fix that broken system.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Liliana Keomanivong Teniente, MPA

"As a true believer in 'The Wisconsin Idea,' I have always sought to take my own learning beyond the boundaries of this campus, help others, and create positive change."

The La Follette School will be well represented at spring commencement this May, starting with keynote speaker Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield earned a master’s degree from the La Follette School’s predecessor, the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, in 1975.

Whether part of an admissions offer or found by using the Student Job Center, graduate assistantships offer several significant benefits to La Follette School students.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Sam Schneider, MPA

"During COVID I had a lot of time to reflect on the importance of public policy and was inspired to get involved to make a larger impact on society."

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Sarah Nesci, MPA

I spent a year working at a rural homeless shelter in Colorado. This experience sparked my desire to work in policy, specifically housing and welfare policy. I am hoping to use my MPA to help make housing more accessible for everyone. 

I am a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Through that work, I have gained qualitative and quantitative research experience, examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child support practice and family outcomes in Wisconsin.

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