Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs provides selected UW-Madison undergraduates an opportunity to jumpstart the Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs program. If accepted, a student can take a small number of advanced courses in the last year of their undergraduate program. After the student completes their undergraduate requirements, students begin a fifth graduate year, devoted to full-time graduate study with the La Follette School.

Application Process

Application for admission to the accelerated program for MPA or MIPA must be made directly to the La Follette School after five semesters of undergraduate study. Applications received by January 1 will have priority consideration; later applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis.

Students enrolling in the accelerated program also must formally apply for regular Graduate School admission during their final year of undergraduate study by filling out the Graduate School online application and submitting an updated résumé.

The following items are required for consideration for the accelerated degree. Applicants do not need to resubmit them when seeking formal Graduate School admission:


Final Undergraduate Year: In addition to courses needed to complete a BA or BS, students take 3-4 courses depending on their undergraduate course work:

  • Fall: 4-7 credits, students choose from core courses
  • Spring: 3-6 credits, students choose from core and elective courses.

Graduate Year:

  • Summer: Optional internship (0-3 credits)
  • Fall: 9-12 credits
  • Spring: 9-12 credits