Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
 La Follette Admissions Web Chat(10/29/2013) 
5:29
La Follette School: 
We are just getting set up, the live chat will begin at 6 pm CDT
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:29 La Follette School
5:33
La Follette School: 
The live chat will begin in approximately 25 minutes.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:33 La Follette School
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[Comment From Menzie ChinnMenzie Chinn: ] 
Hi, I'm Menzie Chinn and I'm Associate Director at La Follette.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:58 Menzie Chinn
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[Comment From Jennifer DonahoeJennifer Donahoe: ] 
Hey, I'm Jennifer! I'm the student services associate here at La Follette.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:58 Jennifer Donahoe
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[Comment From Mary TrelevenMary Treleven: ] 
Hi, My name is Mary Treleven, student services coordinator, welcome. We will answer your questions as fast as we can.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:59 Mary Treleven
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
Hi Folks!
Thanks for coming today! I'm Kate Battiato, the Career Development Coordinator here at La Follette. I can answer questions regarding jobs and internships.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:59 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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[Comment From Alexis (Bel)Alexis (Bel): ] 
What if I apply to the MIPA but that my application is waived because no fulfillment of the comparative politics or international relations course prerequisite, I am then still applicable for the MPA program ? How should I mention this in my application ?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 5:59 Alexis (Bel)
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Mary Treleven: 
Hi Alexis-You should apply to the program that you are most interested in. The faculty admissions committee will let you know if they recommend that you take that prerequisite before begin the program. If your application is strong, they will admit you on a conditional basis. The condition is that you complete the prerequisite before you begin the program.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:00 Mary Treleven
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[Comment From Alexis (Bel)Alexis (Bel): ] 
How much longer require the joint degree between the MIPA program and the certificate in "Energy analysis and policy" ?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:01 Alexis (Bel)
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Jennifer Donahoe: 
Hi Alexis, you would be able to get the energy certificate along with the MIPA in 2 years. The program is designed so that you can take the elective courses for the MIPA degree towards the certificate and it won't take any extra time.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:02 Jennifer Donahoe
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La Follette School: 
Cost & financial information: Current Students • In-state tuition/yr: $12,422 (includes fees) • Out-of-state tuition/yr: $25,749 (includes fees) • 25% first-year students received funding from La Follette including fellowships or scholarships • 11% first-year students have project or teaching assistant positions • 38% continuing students have funding through project or teaching assistantships • 2% international students received merit awards
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:03 La Follette School
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[Comment From CassandraCassandra: ] 
What opportunities are there for teaching and research assistant positions?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:04 Cassandra
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
Hi Cassandra,
My advice on landing teaching or research assistant position is to start with you skill set. Many of our students have found TA positions in the Poli Sci department this semester and others have found spots in foreign language departments. For research, those with strong data skill sets tend to be the most competitive.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:04 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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Mary Treleven: 
Hi Cassandra-to add a little more information, La Follette does offer fellowships to students which provides students a stipend of about $12,000, in state tuition, and health insurance. Then in their second year, as part of their admissions package, these students are paired with a faculty member as a research or project assistant. Also, some students do apply and are hired by other departments as project assistants.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:07 Mary Treleven
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[Comment From CassandraCassandra: ] 
Does the application process for a RA or TA position start after enrollment? In other words, are those opportunities not sought through the program application process?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:09 Cassandra
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Mary Treleven: 
Accepted students who are not offered a fellowship should go to the student job center on the UW madison webiste. You would follow the instructions on how to apply. For fellowships, student don't have to apply separately, their application is what faculty base their decisions on.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:09 Mary Treleven
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Hi, I´m an international student. Do I need to submit my transcripts in both English and Spanish?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:10 Guest
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Jennifer Donahoe: 
Good question. No, we just need to receive your transcripts in English.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:10 Jennifer Donahoe
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La Follette School: 
Just a reminder about the chat: your questions will not show up immediately, but we will post them right before we have an answer prepared.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:11 La Follette School
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Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:13 
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Does the transcripts have to be sent directly by the university?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:16 Guest
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Mary Treleven: 
Yes, the transcript should be sent directly by the institution. However, you don't have to send the original until after you have been accepted by La Follette. During the application process, you should send the unofficial transcript or the document you have to the La Follette School.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:16 Mary Treleven
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La Follette School: 
Of the 53 May 2012 graduates, 43 entered the workforce, two sought additional degrees, and eight were continuing their progress towards a La Follette approved joint degree or certificate. Of those who entered the workforce, 86 percent (37 people) secured jobs or internships in their field by August 14, 2012; 95 percent (41 people) by March 13, 2013.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:17 La Follette School
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[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 
Is it possible to differ acceptance into the program? For example, I'm applying to a Fulbright ETA position for next Fall as well. If accepted, would I be able to differ acceptance to La Follette - or, alternatively, would it be possible to do research as a Fulbright side project as part of La Follette's curriculum?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:19 Brian
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Mary Treleven: 
Hi Brian-Acceptance can be deferred for one year. Menzie will answer the second part of your question.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:20 Mary Treleven
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Menzie Chinn: 
Brian, we would need to know more about the nature of the Fulbright ETA position you have before we could determine the possibility of counting the research as part of your coursework at Lafollette. We would also need to know what research you'd be conducting; but we'd be open to investigating the possibility.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:20 Menzie Chinn
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[Comment From CassandraCassandra: ] 
Do the unofficial transcripts need to be mailed to the university, in addition to being uploaded to the online application?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:20 Cassandra
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Jennifer Donahoe: 
Hi Cassandra, the unofficial transcripts can just be uploaded to the online application. However when you are accepted you will have to the official documents mailed to us.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:20 Jennifer Donahoe
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
How are GRE scores evaluated? Can you use the best scores by section and combine them, or is the score evaluated by individual GRE test (whole and not combined)? Additionally, how important are GRE scores to ones application?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:23 Guest
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Mary Treleven: 
All of the materials are important. The GREs are important because all candidates take it so it's one measure of all candidates. Overall, we look at them individually. Because students need to come in with quantitative background for example, the GRE Q score is an important part of admission. However, grades in quant courses and other related coursework are just as important. Faculty look to see if the candidate overall will be able to do well in the program. Does that answer your question?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:23 Mary Treleven
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[Comment From KatharineKatharine: ] 
What sort of connections does La Follette have with the local community or local government? Are there opportunities to collaborate with existing organizations throughout the program?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:25 Katharine
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
Hi Katharine,

Our connections with the local community are excellent. Many of our alumni choose to stay in the Madison area, so we have a strong local network here. Also, our name recognition is very strong in and around Madison. I get contacted on a daily basis by local state agencies and nonprofits seeking interns and full-time applicants. In fact, tonight we're hosting a local happy hour, "policy and a pint" featuring a policy oriented speaker at a local bistro.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:25 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
In terms of policy content areas (education, health, etc), what are the strengths of the program?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:29 Guest
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Menzie Chinn: 
La Follette is particularly strong in research areas of health, education (social policy generally) and quantitative aspects of policy analysis. Our faculty have been at the forefront of estimating the returns to education, as well as education financing. Also measuring health outcomes over time. In addition, one of our new faculty is an expert in early interventions to among at-risk youth.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:29 Menzie Chinn
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[Comment From KatharineKatharine: ] 
What percentage of students have Research Assistantships?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:30 Katharine
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Mary Treleven: 
Katharine,
38% of continuing students, there are about 60 continuing students, have either Teaching Assistantships or Project Assistantships. The PAs tend to be research oriented. Most students get PA positions in their second year after they have taken the first year core courses in statistical analysis and microeconomic analysis.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:30 Mary Treleven
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
As for strengths: The employers I speak with tend to emphasize the strong communication skills, particularly the concise writing skills we emphasize, as well as the "toolbox" of analytical skills, especially policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:30 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Can different GRE scores be combined for the best possible score? For example a verbal score from one test and a quantitative score from another?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:32 Guest
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Jennifer Donahoe: 
Yes, when we look at GRE scores we take the highest scores, even if they come from different testing dates. We will use the highest verbal score from a different test than the quantitative score as long as they were both taken in the last 5 years.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:32 Jennifer Donahoe
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[Comment From KatharineKatharine: ] 
That's great, thanks! Does La Follette also have name recognition outside of the midwest? Does the school have an alumni network that expands beyond the midwest? I saw the percentages on the site, but would you say that the number of alunni outside of Wisconsin is growing?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:33 Katharine
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
Yes, we have quite the alumni network across the country as well, particularly in DC. In fact, we are hosting a student visit to DC next month featuring several employer site visits, informational interviews and an alumni reception.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:33 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
I also get contacted by employers across the country, and international on a daily basis.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:34 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
You see a lot of Wisconsin state employment on our placement statistics, but a lot of that is accounted for due to the fact that many of our students come from Wisconsin and intend to work here long term from the outset of their education.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:35 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
6:35
La Follette School: 
Student enrollment 2013 Total new student enrollments: 57 Total enrollment: 113 Out-of-State: 37% International: 5% Female: 43% Part-time: 4% Persons of Diversity: 5% Average Age: 28 Ave # years of work before returning to school: 3
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:35 La Follette School
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La Follette School: 
International Sector • Government of Thailand, Bangkok • Inter American Development Bank Public Sector: Federal • Government Accountability Office • PMF: US Dept. of Treasury • Central Intelligence Agency* • Federal Bureau of Investigation • Veterans Administration Public Sector: Local • City of Chicago, Office of Inspector • City of Houston, Budget Office Private Sector • Cheniere Energy, Inc. • Boardman and Clark Law Firm • KEMA Energy Consulting • Vonlay Consulting Public Sector: State Government • South Dakota Supreme Court • WI Dept of Justice • Maryland General Assembly • WI Legislative Fiscal Bureau • WI Legislative Audit Bureau • WI Dept of Children and Families • WI Dept of Natural Resources • WI Dept of Health Services • WI Dept of Public Instruction • WI Dept of Workforce Development Non-Profit or Education Sector • UW Foundation • UW Population Health Institute • City Year of Los Angeles • UW Center for Tobacco Research • Advance Illinois • Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:38 La Follette School
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Mary Treleven: 
Above is the list of where last year's graduates were hired.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:41 Mary Treleven
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
If the highest GRE scores per section can be taken from more than one test, would you recommend submitting each GRE score that we receive? In other words, can we submit all GRE materials and assume that only the best scores will considered?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:44 Guest
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Mary Treleven: 
As long as the GREs were taken within 5 years you can ask ETS to send your scores to the UW, we will see the dates and scores listed.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:44 Mary Treleven
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La Follette School: 
Admission Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0. Applicants submit an online application, 3 online letters of reference, GRE scores, one original transcript from all undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a personal statement and resume. International students submit English language testing. Minimum accepted: TOEFL (at least 92), MELAB (at least 82) or IELTS (at least a 7). International students send financial information after acceptance.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:46 La Follette School
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is there a capstone project or a required internship?
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:48 Guest
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
We do not have an internship requirement, but most students pursue at least one internship over the summer between their first and second years. There is an option to take your internship for course credit and we even offer summer internship support for students who land internships outside Wisconsin.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:48 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School
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Mary Treleven: 
All students take the final workshop semester long course in which they work in teams with a client. The groups produce a report with their findings to the client. Groups have worked with local, state and federal agencies as well as non profit organizations. You can find summaries of many of these capstone projects on the LF website:www.lafollette.wisc.edu.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:49 Mary Treleven
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Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:53 
6:56
La Follette School: 
Just a few minutes of the live chat, be sure to submit your remaining questions.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:56 La Follette School
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Mary Treleven: 
Thank you for participating! If you have any other questions or want to visit let me or Jennifer know. I'm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Jennifer is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:59 Mary Treleven
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Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School: 
Also, if you have questions on internships or jobs, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks for your interest in the La Follette School!
Tuesday October 29, 2013 7:00 Kate Battiato, Career Development Coordinator at La Follette School