Preparation for a career in public affairs requires a sound grounding in policy analysis. All La Follette students receive instruction in the basic tools of policy analysis through the core courses in microeconomics and statistics. Master of Public Affairs students learn to apply these skills through Introduction to Policy Analysis and the final semester's Workshop in Public Affairs, Domestic Issues, which involves team projects for local, state and federal clients.
Students wishing to do policy analysis as a focus field are expected to take three La Follette electives: Quantitative Methods for Public Policy, Cost-Benefit Analysis and Public Program Evaluation. Other electives depend on whether the student is interested in developing general policy analysis skills (e.g., taking additional statistics courses) or analysis skills in a particular policy area (e.g., in educational policy). MPA students may include as electives international public affairs courses that will enable greater understanding of international policy analysis.
A partial list of where La Follette School alumni work at all levels of government and in the private sector: