Details at a Glance
Average In-State Tuition$12,250
Average Out-of-State Tuition$25,508
Financial Aid AvailableYes
The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers several academic avenues for students seeking to earn a professional Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs degree, including dual- and double-degree options.
The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program provides education in public management and policy analysis that prepares students for careers in public policy and administration within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
The Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) Program provides education in public policy and global governance that prepares students from the United States and around the world to work in government, in businesses engaged with the global economy, for non-governmental organizations, or in consulting firms analyzing international policies.
Some students earn additional credentials while they work toward their public affairs degrees. The following combined degree and certificate programs are available:
· Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
· Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate through the Nelson Institute in Environmental Studies
· Business, Environment, & Social Responsibility; Entrepreneurship; or Strategic Innovation Certificates offered through the Wisconsin School of Business
Students are selected on the basis of their admission requirements which include academic records, letters of recommendation, work experience, and evidence of commitment to a public affairs career. Applicants whose native language is not English must present the equivalent of 92 or greater on the computer-based TOEFL test or an IELTS score of 7 or greater to be considered for admission. Submission of the GRE is optional, but not required.
The school aims to admit a cohort of about 50 total students per year, typically 35 to the MPA Program and 15 to the MIPA Program. The small class size enables the faculty to know, advise, and mentor students.
The award-winning La Follette School faculty includes economists, political scientists, sociologists, and public affairs scholars who teach the skills and tools needed for a career in public affairs. They are experts in social policy, health policy and management, public administration, public policy analysis, environmental policy, poverty, tax policy, and government finance.
Beyond campus, the city of Madison, as the state capital, provides a wealth of opportunities for La Follette School students to participate in outreach and acquire practical experience as professional project assistants or interns with public and private entities. Students benefit from the strong relationships that La Follette School faculty have with various organizations, in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea of public service.
- Personal Statement
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- UW-Madison Graduate School online application, Resume, La Follette School of Public Affairs supplemental application
Grades of B in these prerequisite courses for the MPA
Grades of B in these prerequisite courses for the MIPA
To be considered for La Follette School funding, applicants should have all admission requirements submitted by January 1st.
Questions about tuition fee waivers should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Total Students110 Students
- Please see the La Follette School web page on Diversity & Inclusion here: https://lafollette.wisc.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/
Clubs & Associations
Here are some of the ways students may choose to get involved and build community:
· Identity Centers (Black, Latinx, APIDA, Indigenous)
· Creating Community: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UW-Madison
· Gender & Sexuality Campus Center
· McBurney Disability Resource Center
· La Follette School Student Association
· Learning Communities for Institutional Change & Excellence
· Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding
· Multicultural Student Center
· Veterans Services & Military Assistance Center
Please see our La Follette School 6-Month Post-Graduation Career Statistics on our Career and Professional Development web page.
Common positions graduates obtain are policy analysts, department managers, non-profit directors, budget analysts and many more because of the versatility of the La Follette School degree.
The La Follette School has its own career services coordinator who helps students with all aspects of the career development process, organizes site visits and recruiting opportunities, and curates lists of internship and employment opportunities.
What Our Students Say
See Ruanda's profile to learn what prompted her to do a double-degree in Urban Planning and Public Affairs, what she has been doing since graduation, and how she has used the skills gained at the La Follette School in her career.Ruanda McFerren, MPA-MS in URPL ‘18
See Jackson's profile to learn why he chose to pursue and MPA at the La Follette School and how it relates to his current career.Jackson Parr, MPA-M.S. Water Resource Managment ‘20
See Liliana's profile to learn more about her experiences as an MPA student and how she wishes to use her talents after graduation.Liliana Keomanivong Teniente, MPA ‘21
See Ruanda's profile to learn what prompted her to do a double-degree in Urban Planning and Public Affairs, what she has been doing since graduation, and how she has used the skills gained at the La Follette School in her career.
See Jackson's profile to learn why he chose to pursue and MPA at the La Follette School and how it relates to his current career.
See Liliana's profile to learn more about her experiences as an MPA student and how she wishes to use her talents after graduation.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Average In-State Tuition$12,250
Average Out-of-State Tuition$25,508
- Work-study Programs Available
- Financial Aid Available
- Application Fee Waivers Available
- The La Follette School provides a limited number of funding offers to oustanding applicants and those with need. La Follette School fellowships include a scholarship and a stipend totaling over $22,000 and low-cost health insurance in year one, and a project assistantship with a La Follette School faculty member in year two that includes full tuition remission, low-cost health insurance, and a stipend. We also offer a limited number of one-year project assistantships for first-year students with La Follette School faculty and campus partners which include full tuition remission (both in- or out-of-state), low-cost health insurance, and a stipend. Additionally, we have a limited number of scholarship offers that consider both need and promise.
- Details about funding are available on the La Follette School Funding and Financial Information web page: https://lafollette.wisc.edu/admissions/funding-financial/.