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Here are graduate programs in Wisconsin on the related fields of public administration, non-profit management, mediation and conflict resolution, and communication.

Public Administration/Affairs. Non-Profit Management

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Public Affairs. M.P.A. and International Public Affairs. M.I.P.A.

  • Many La Follette students come with undergraduate degrees in political science and economics, but some have come from such fields as business, history, English, or communications. Some come directly from college, while others arrive with several years of experience in government or the private sector. Diversity of the student body is an attractive feature of La Follette public affairs education. The La Follette School actively seeks students with exceptional backgrounds and experience.
  • M.P.A. Specific course prerequisites: an introductory course in microeconomics, an American government course, and an introductory course in statistics and/or a course in calculus.
  • M.I.P.A. Specific course prerequisites: a course in international relations or comparative politics, an introductory course in statistics, two courses in economics: one in microeconomics and one in macroeconomics, twelve additional credits drawn from economics, political science, business, or non-American history . Students from English-speaking countries must have taken four semesters of a foreign language or demonstrate competence in a language other than English. It is highly recommended that an applicant from an English-speaking country have had two additional courses in the social sciences or humanities of a country or area in which the student has language proficiency; or have had extensive work experience or study abroad in the region.


University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

  • Public Administration. M.P.A. and Public Administration/Urban Planning. M.P.A./M.U.P.
    There are no fixed prerequisites in terms of prior academic training; but background in public administration, American governmental institutions, economics, statistics, and computer applications in social science is beneficial. Each student's academic preparation is evaluated at the time of application. Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses.
  • Non-Profit Management, Graduate Certificate
    Those students who wish to earn the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management can be admitted for the certificate program as non-degree graduate students provided they possess a bachelor's or higher degree with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.


University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

  • Public Administration. M.P.A.
    The MPA program is designed for people with work experience in public and not-for-profit agencies and requires that applicants have work experience in agencies fitting these categories. What constitutes sufficient work experience for admission is determined on a case-by-case basis, but, generally, work experience refers to first-hand involvement in an agency that is sufficient to provide knowledge of the structure and operating procedures of a complex organization. It may include volunteer work. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to the MPA Coordinator. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must meet the UW Oshkosh Graduate School requirement of a 2.75 overall grade point average or a 2.9 grade point average for the last half of the baccalaureate program. Admission on probation may be considered if applicants have a 2.25 overall G.P.A. and a 2.5 G.P.A. for the last half of their college work. Knowledge of descriptive statistics and basic social science concepts is desirable but not required.


Mediation and Conflict Resolution

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

  • Mediation and Negotiation, Certificate
    Students applying for the Certificate Program in Mediation and Negotiation must hold a bachelor's degree and must have earned a 2.75 GPA overall or must furnish substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate level work.



University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

  • Communication. M.A.
    Emphases: Organizational/Professional Communication, Intercultural/International Communication, Interpersonal Communication/Mediation, and Rhetoric/Public Communication
    Applicants should have an equivalent of an undergraduate major in speech, speech communication, or related areas.


University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

  • Communication. M.A.
    Emphases: Organizational Communication, Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication.
    Organizational Communication: People who pursue a graduate degree in organizational communication have Bachelor’s degrees in such areas as organizational communication, psychology, sociology, and business and/or have extensive work experience.
    Public Relations: people with a Bachelor’s degree in PR should obtain at least several years of job experience in PR before pursuing an graduate degree in PR.  Also, any student pursuing PR at the graduate level should already have a Bachelor’s degree in PR (and/or significant experience in PR) which taught them the fundamentals of such issues as campaigns, desktop publishing, etc.
    Mass Communication: the students in mass communication who have done well in our program have entered the degree with extensive undergraduate coursework in mass communication and significant media experience.
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