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- The Policymaking Process examines the political processes that shape public policy in the United States, and provides the broad contextual framework for understanding the roles of policy analysis and public management in this country.
- Two courses, Intro to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Microeconomic Policy Analysis, develop competence in important analytical tools for the study of public affairs. Students learn how to evaluate implications of policies for efficiency and equity, and to employ basic statistical methods to interpret and present quantitative data relevant to policy considerations.
- Introduction to Public Management develops an understanding of leadership in the public sector and, in so doing, builds management skills. Students examine relationships among organizations, problems of accountability and control, human resource management, budgeting and finance, and policy implementation.
- Introduction to Policy Analysis establishes the conceptional foundations and craft skills relevant to policy analysis. Students learn how to define policy problems, determine goals, design policy alternatives, and systematically assess tradeoffs to make recommendations.
- Workshop in Public Affairs, the MPA capstone course taken in the final semester, gives students practical experience working in teams under the direction of a faculty supervisor. They apply the conceptual and analytical tools acquired during three semesters of coursework to issues real-world clients face in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
- La Follette School Fellowships are awarded each year on a merit basis. All students who apply by January 1 have priority consideration. Students are evaluated for fellowships during the application process. There is no separate application. La Follette School Fellowships provide a stipend for the first year of study, in-state tuition, and health insurance. Fellows are also given priority consideration for project assistantships during their second year. A project assistantship (PAship) provides tuition, health insurance coverage, and a stipend. During the second year, project assistants (PAs) pay their student fees.
- University of WisconsinMadison Graduate School Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are awarded to qualified targeted minority students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds. International students do not qualify for this fellowship.