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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:
November 13, 2013



 

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Admissions

We welcome your application. Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of La Follette faculty and staff. The committee makes decisions based on the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program and on their commitment to public affairs. Profile of the current class can be useful to ascertain the competiveness of your application.

Priority Deadlines

Students who wish to receive first priority consideration for La Follette fellowships, the Advanced opportunity fellowships, and admission should apply by January 1st. New students are accepted for the fall semester only. Applications will be taken after the deadline if space is available.



Application Materials


Graduate School Application

An application submitted through the UW Graduate School's application web site is required. Instructions can be found at the Graduate School web site.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the online application. The letters should address the applicant's ability to perform at a graduate level, leadership potential, analytical writing ability and potential for success in a public affairs employment capacity. Academic references are preferred, however, employment superviosr references are accepted.

Transcripts

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in all previous academic programs. One official transcript is sent directly to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. More consideration is given to grades in prerequisite courses and those taken in the last two years of the student's undergraduate work.

Statement of Purpose

The personal statement gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of and commitment to a public service career. Students should explain how they might contribute to the diversity of the La Follette community and how their experience and coursework has prepared them to complete a graduate program in public affairs and to enter the profession. Close attention is paid to an applicant's ability to write clearly and coherently. The essay, no more than two pages, double-spaced, can be sent as an upload to the online application or emailed directly to the La Follette admissions office at jdonahoe@lafollette.wisc.edu.

GRE

All students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores before they can be considered for admission. It normally takes two to four weeks for the Educational Testing Service to download GRE scores to UW-Madison. Applicants should plan to take the GRE in October or early November so that results are received in time to be considered for January priority consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison institution code is 1846. The LSAT and MCAT cannot be used in place of the GRE. The GRE score must have been taken within the past 5 years.

Résumé

Please upload your resume to the electronic application or email your résumé to jdonahoe@lafollette.wisc.edu.

English as a Foreign Language Testing

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Applicants may take the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS in their home country, in the United States or in Canada. More TOEFL information can be found at www.ets.org.

La Follette requires a TOEFL (paper-based) test score of 580, TOEFL computer-based test score of 237 or above, TOEFL internet-based test score of 92 or above, IELTS score of 7 or above, or MELAB of 82 or above. The admissions committee may ask a student regardless of their English test results to take a University English assessment test upon arrival and the student must register for any recommended English-as-a-second-language course(s) in the first semester of graduate study.

Prerequisites/Preparatory Background

Master of Public Affairs Program

Overall, the La Follette admission committee looks for evidence of ability to handle a quantitatively and analytically rigorous graduate program. Successful completion, graded B or above, of college-level coursework, taken within the past 5 years is required in:

Master of International Public Affairs Program

Overall, the La Follette admissions committee looks for evidence of ability to handle a quantitatively and analytically rigorous graduate program. Successful completion, graded B or above, of college-level coursework, taken within the past 5 years is required in:


For additional information about admissions, please contact:

Admissions
La Follette School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Hill Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
608.262.9163
jdonahoe@lafollette.wisc.edu