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  • Founded in 1985

About University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of public Affairs

About the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a highly ranked program that offers domestic and international master’s degrees in public management and policy analysis. It offers dual- and double-degree programs in urban planning, law, neuroscience, and public health; as well as a certificate program in energy analysis and policy. Students are admitted in comparatively small numbers that encourage collaboration with faculty, staff, and peers. It recently launched an Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy Program. The School’s faculty have international reputations in their academic disciplines, and they have spent the greater part of their careers working on problems of public policy and governance.

UW–Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people’s lives. It is consistently ranked among the top six institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, UW–Madison received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. UW–Madison is a land-grant institution with about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comforts of a small city.

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