Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Advances in neuroscience have important policy implications for child welfare and education, community development, mental health and health care, bioethics and aging, environmental risks and national security. The Neuroscience and Public Policy Program (NPP) and the La Follette School of Public Affairs courses prepare students to work in the growing array of domestic or international policy jobs involved in the management of science and its integration into policy analysis and design. Students become good scientists and effective communicators, managers, and advocates of good public policy.


Prospective students apply separately to the La Follette School’s Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) degree program and the NPP graduate programs. Prospective students must be admitted to both programs. In the first two to three years of their Ph.D. programs, students complete the core public affairs or international public affairs courses, two electives, and an internship.

Neuroscience Ph.D. admissions

Public affairs admissions


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