Master of International Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs
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Globalization presents challenges that demand a new perspective on governance. An increasingly global economy is shaping a new business-government relationship, blunting governments' regulatory capacity 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, the spread of deadly viruses, and financial market instability increasingly require global governance strategies 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.
Through rigorous professional training across several disciplines, the Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) degree program prepares students from the United States and worldwide to engage in governance in ways that meet the challenges of globalization. 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 international policies' implications.