Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree program prepares health policy professionals as policy analysts and public managers in the increasingly important area of health care. Dual-degree MPA/MPH students develop a firm foundation in policy analysis and public management offered by La Follette faculty and a deep substantive knowledge in public health that can only be offered through a program in the School of Medicine and Public Health. The dual degree requires 55 credits, requiring core courses from the MPA and MPH, and elective credits. the dual-degree program generally takes two years and one summer or three years to complete.

Application Process

Students must concurrently submit separate applications to the Department of Population Health Sciences of the School of Medicine and Public Health and to the La Follette School. Departments can send copies of documents to the other department with a student's permission.

La Follette Application Materials

To apply for the MPA program students submit the following materials to the Graduate School:

  • GRE scores (La Follette code is 2204 and the UW code is 1846.) Applicants for the dual degree may substitute the MCAT.
  • Three academic references
  • Statement of purpose
  • English language test scores if applicable
  • application fee paid to the Graduate School

Other materials should be sent directly to La Follette School of Public Affairs

  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Professional résumé

Applications received by January 1 will be considered for graduate fellowships for the upcoming fall semester. March 15 is the deadline for all other applications.

MPH Application Materials

  • GRE, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT or GMAT taken within five years.
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Public Health experience is highly recommended
  • Three academic references
  • Statement of purpose
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL results

The deadline for application to the MPH program is February 1.

MPA Course Prerequisites

Students must take the following introductory prerequisite courses by the time they begin the MPA program:

  • A microeconomics course
  • A statistics course
  • An American government course

MPH Course Prerequisites

  • One semester of college-level mathematics such as algebra (equivalent to UW-Madison, MATH 112) or statistics (STATS 201)
  • One semester of science from the areas of biology, chemistry, or physics

For more information on the dual MPH/MPA, please contact:

Mary Treleven
Student Services Coordinator
La Follette School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706