24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Through rigorous professional training across several disciplines, the Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) degree program at the University of Wisconsin Madison prepares students from the United States and around the world to engage in governance in ways that meet the challenges of globalization.


Globalization presents challenges that demand a new perspective on governance, and this International Public Affairs program at the University of Wisconsin Madison teaches students how to deal with these new challenges. An increasingly global economy is shaping a new business-government relationship, blunting the regulatory capacity of governments and introducing greater complexity to the design of public policies to promote important social goals. At the same time, critical policy problems such as environmental degradation, spread of deadly viruses, and financial market instability increasingly require strategies of global governance that coordinate across nations the actions of governments, businesses, and non-governmental agencies.

In short, globalization has stretched the boundaries of public affairs, analytically and managerially. More than ever, the major and the mundane issues of governance link governments with players outside the public sector and beyond domestic borders.

The MIPA degree program, completed in two years of study, is organized around a curriculum of 42 credits made up of six core courses and eight elective classes. On the foundation of required courses, the program provides students with great flexibility to pursue their intellectual interests and career goals by selecting from a wide range of policy, language, and regional study electives.


  • MIPA graduates work in government at home and abroad, in businesses involved in the global economy, in non-governmental agencies with an international focus, and in consulting firms analyzing implications of international policies.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Professional Development Seminar
  • International Governance
  • Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Policy and International Financial Regulation
  • Trade, Competition, and Governance in a Global Economy
  • Microeconomic Policy Analysis
  • Policy Analysis for International Public Affairs
  • Workshop in International Public Affairs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application for fall admission to the UW-Madison Graduate School
  • Resume
  • Please upload a current resume to the online application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation 
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • English as a Foreign Language Testing

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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    25548 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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