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Robert M. La Follette
School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
September 26, 2013


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Master of Public Affairs &

Master of Urban & Regional Planning



Degree Requirements

Sample Course Plan


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The La Follette School and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning offer a three-year double degree program in Planning and Public Affairs that culminates in two degrees: Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs degree. The program requires 66 units of graduate credits and normally requires three years for completion.


Persons interested in this double degree program must apply to both departments. At the time of original application to the UW Graduate School, applicants may apply for both programs simultaneously. At any time during enrollment at UW-Madison, students may also request to add the second major. In applying for the second major, currently enrolled students should inquire about the timeline for admission decisions by the second program.

More details are available from advisers in either department. Students considering the double degree program are urged to contact both URPL and La Follette representatives.

Degree Requirements

Students in the double degree program must satisfy the 18 credits of core courses, 1 3-credit policy elective and a 1-credit career development seminar for Public Affairs.  The remaining credit requirements for the La Follette degree (the concentration requirement) are met with courses that may also be counted toward the 45-unit Urban and Regional Planning curriculum. A total of 66 credits are completed to earn both degrees.

In general it is expected that students in the program will complete core requirements for both programs by the end of their second year of studies. This permits course work in year three to focus upon one of the five Urban and Regional Planning areas of concentration: land use, housing and growth management; economic and fiscal planning; social planning; generalist planning; or resources and environmental planning.


Core Public Affairs Courses

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Microeconomic Policy Analysis

Policymaking Process

Public Management

Introduction to Policy Analysis

Workshop in Domestic Public Affairs


Core Urban & Regional Planning Courses

Methods of Planning Analysis

Introduction to Planning

Planning Thought & Practice

Planning Workshop

Planning & the Legal System

Structure & Functions of Cities & Regions

Sample Course Plan



Department of Urban and Regional Planning

UW Graduate School Application

Adding a major (For students already enrolled in the MPA or URPL)

Graduate School Information


Please contact Mary Treleven at the La Follette School (608) 262-3582 for more information about La Follette programs and Alice Justice for information about Urban and Regional Planning (608) 265-0509.