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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:
December 11, 2013


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Prospective Students

In-person information session

To schedule a meeting with an advisor, please call 608.262.9163 or send an email to


“At La Follette I have been able to strengthen my quantitative skills and learn a wide range of approaches that allow one to assess program and policy quality and effectiveness.”

Ciara Mentzer, master of public affairs candidate



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Frequently Asked Questions
Focus Fields

The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs is a highly ranked program that attracts outstanding students from across the United States and around the world to its highly respected graduate programs in public affairs and international public affairs and dual degree programs. Students are admitted in comparatively small numbers that encourage cooperation across cohorts and permit the La Follette School faculty to know, advise, and mentor students.

La Follette Students and Graduates

Students arrive with a passion for public affairs and a commitment to public service. They graduate with the requisite skills, knowledge, contacts, and experience to transform passion and commitment into a meaningful careers. They make valuable contributions to governance in this country and globally.

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Profiles of La Follette School alumni

The Curriculum

In both degree programs, students complete a set of foundational courses that build competence in quantitative methods, and rich contextual understanding for a successful career in the government, non-profit, or private sector. Students individualize their programs of study, developing expertise in one or more policy or regional focus fields that reflect specific professional aspirations and intellectual interests. In the elective coursework that develops these focus fields, students work with La Follette School faculty and faculty in other departments, programs, and centers across a major research university of worldwide renown.

Real-World Experience

In the final semester of study, students work in teams to complete workshop projects, the thesis-equivalent in both programs. With systematic research and analysis, supervised by La Follette School faculty, students develop policy recommendations and tractable solutions to problems of public management confronting a wide range of real-world clients. Clients include city governments, the state of Wisconsin, national agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups around the world.

Madison, Wisconsin

The La Follette School offices are located in an historic landmark, a nineteenth-century house at the center of campus, overlooking Lake Mendota, with classroom buildings nearby. Beyond the campus, the city of Madison, as the state capital, provides a wealth of opportunities for La Follette School students to acquire practical experience as professional project assistants or interns in state agencies. Students benefit from the strong relationships that La Follette School faculty have developed with these agencies, in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea of service to government.

Not least of all, Madison is a beautiful and livable city.


Transcripts of prospective student web chats:
October 2013, December 2012, November 2012