Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Undergraduate students who would like to work in government or other public affairs areas can jump-start their careers with a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. The accelerated program allows an undergraduate to begin taking advanced public affairs courses during her/his final year of her/his undergraduate program. S/he completes the master's with one graduate year with a total of 36 credits. The master's degree may be the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or the Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA).

Accelerated students have full access to the academic advising and career placement services provided to La Follette School students.

Sample Curriculum, Public Affairs

Final Undergraduate Year

  • Intro to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis, (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis, (3 credits)
  • Career Development Seminar (1 credit)

Summer before Graduate School

  • Internship (3 credits) optional
  • Elective (3 credits)

Fifth Year as Graduate Student

  • Semester I (13 credits)
  • Semester II (10 credits)

Sample Curriculum: International Public Affairs

Final Undergraduate Year

  • Intro to Statistical Tools for Public Policy Analysis, (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis, International (3 credits)
  • Career Development Seminar (1 credit)

Summer before Graduate School

  • Internship (3 credits) optional
  • Elective (3 credits)

Fifth Year as Graduate Student

  • Semester I (13 credits)
  • Semester II (10 credits)