Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Advances in neuroscience have important policy implications for child welfare and education, community development, mental health and health care, bioethics and aging, environmental risks and national security. The Neuroscience and Public Policy Program (NPP) and the La Follette School of Public Affairs courses prepare students to work in the growing array of domestic or international policy jobs involved in the management of science and its integration into policy analysis and design. Students become good scientists and effective communicators, managers, and advocates of good public policy.

MPA-Neuroscience Degree Plan

MIPA-Neuroscience Degree Plan


One application to the graduate school can be used to apply to both the La Follette School and the Neuroscience program. At the time of original application to the Graduate School, applicants can check off up to three programs. Materials submitted to the through the UW-Madison Graduate School online application will be visible to both programs. Original transcripts can be shared between the programs with permission from the applicant. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both programs and receive a letter of acceptance from each program separately. Acceptance by one program, even if the applicant declares intent to pursue the double degree, does not imply acceptance by the other program. Students may request to add the second program during their first year of study at the La Follette School. In applying for the second program, currently enrolled students should inquire about the timeline for admission decisions by the second program. To request to add a program is the same as applying to the second program when already admitted to one program at the UW.

MPA and NPP admissions

MIPA and NPP admissions

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Public affairs admissions


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