The La Follette Faculty is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the La Follette community through academic research and public service experience and contributions. Applications for admission are reviewed by an admission committee composed of faculty members. The committee makes decisions based on the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program and on their commitment to public affairs. Applications should be submitted by January 1st for priority admission and funding consideration. To be considered in the next review applications should be received by March 1st. Late applications will be considered if there is space available. New students are accepted for the fall semester only.
Students submit an application, statement of purpose, and recommendations online. GRE scores are sent to the graduate school electronically. (See codes below.) One official transcript and a resume are sent directly to La Follette Admissions, 1225 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.
3 letters of recommendation are required and submitted through the online application. The letters should address the applicant's ability to handle the graduate public affairs program, their leadership potential, their analytical writing ability and public affairs employment capacity. Academic references are preferred but employment references are accepted.
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. The admissions committee will pay more attention to grades in prerequisite courses and those taken in the last two years of the student's undergraduate work. La Follette students have a variety of academic backgrounds including economics, political science, social work, education, law, business and other social science areas. The committee looks for overall ability to succeed in the program but also at a student's strength quantitative coursework.
The personal statement gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of and commitment to public service. Students can use this opportunity to explain how they might contribute to the diversity of the La Follette community and to present how their experience and coursework has prepared them to complete a program in public affairs and to enter the profession. The admission committee pays close attention to an applicant's ability to write clearly and coherently. The essay, no more than two pages, can be sent as an upload to the online application OR emailed directly to the La Follette admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores before they can be considered for admission. Because it normally takes two to six weeks for the Educational Testing Service to send 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 in January for admission for graduate study beginning in the fall semester. The University of Wisconsin-Madison institution code is 1846. The La Follette School of Public Affairs department code is 2204. The LSAT and MCAT can not be used in place of the GRE. The GRE score must have been taken within the past 5 years.
Please upload your resume to the electronic application or email your résumé to email@example.com.
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 7or above, or MELAB of 82 or above. The admissions committee may ask a student 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.
Overall, the La Follette admission committee looks for evidence of ability to handle a quantitatively and analytically rigorous graduate program. The faculty members look for successful past completion of college-level coursework in:
Overall, the La Follette admissions committee looks for evidence of ability to handle a quantitatively and analytically rigorous graduate program. The faculty members look for successful completion of these college-level courses to determine admission:
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.
For additional information about admissions, please contact:
La Follette School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Hill Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Number of applicants: 392
Size of entering class:56
Number of women: 34
Number of men: 25
Wisconsin residents: 60%
Out-of-state: 40% (IL, MN, Wash DC, KS, NJ, MS, IA, OH, MA, NY, SD, IN, China, Denmark, Korea)
International students: 5
Average years of work experience: 3
Average age: 25
Age Range: 21-32
Average GRE Quanttitative score: 72nd percentile
Average GRE Verbal score: 71st percentile
Average Analytical Writing score: 4.5