Mark Japinga hopes to find a behind-the-scenes balance between politics and policy, a happy medium that a Master of Public Affairs degree from the La Follette School will help him achieve.
After years of lab work, Debaki Ale was ready to become more directly involved in energy and environmental policy, so she enrolled in the La Follette School's Master of International Public Affairs degree and its energy analysis and policy certificate programs.
My advice to prospective La Follette School students is to take quantitative classes, use the La Follette network to learn more about career paths and opportunities, pursue a summer internship, and participate in extra-curricular activities.
La Follette School student Tawsif Anam has shaped his curiosity about the U.S. health-care system into a career path.
La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.
The accelerated program was a perfect fit for me because I was initially excited to enter the job market with my undergraduate degree but unsure of what to do. The La Follette MPA program has offered so many new possibilities and has helped me narrow my path for a future career.
The interviewers at the Government Accountability Office were extremely impressed by the coursework that is offered at the La Follette School. Specifically, Professor Moynihan’s public management course, as well as Professor Wallace’s statistical analysis course.
Sarah Hurley finds she has little trouble pacing herself as she starts her pursuit of a Master of Public Affairs degree with a focus on education policy.
My time at La Follette has helped expose to me a wide variety of policy interests—our small community has students and professionals interested in everything, whether it’s health policy or issues in international finance.