We accept applications from September 1 through February 15 of each year. Each IPPCC cohort begins in June, and completes the course of instruction in August of the year following (15 month completion period).

Criteria for admission into the IPPCC program include:

  • Bachelor's Degree. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater. This requirement may be waived under the following conditions:
    1. For applicants holding a master’s degree (original transcript required) or graduate certificate credential from an accredited college or university, or
    2. For applicants able to demonstrate an ability to handle advanced coursework by completing graduate-level courses (transcript required) with a grade of B or higher, and/or
    3. For applicants able to demonstrate substantial prior professional experience in the international field.

To apply to IPPCC program, please submit the following information:

  • An online application. When filling out the application, please select "Capstone Certificate" on the Reason for Applying page, and then select "International Politics & Practice (UNCS355)" on the Applying As page.
  • Original official transcript(s) from all institutions attended.
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words indicating your intellectual and practical interest in international affairs. How might you utilize an enhanced knowledge of international relations? The statement should also include a brief description of any life experiences in the international arena, including the dates, duration, and locations involved. What specific personal experiences best demonstrate your involvement in international affairs? What insights did you acquire from your experiences? Note: The term "international affairs" is broadly understood to encompass diplomatic, military, business, administrative, non-government organizations, education (teaching), and similar experiences.
  • Indicate your ability in languages other than English, including an assessment of your level of competency in each language.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae highlighting relevant education and experience.

As part of our admission criteria, we will screen all applicants to ensure that they reside in states where UW–Madison is authorized to operate.

Submit all information to:

IPPCC Program Director
Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin–Madison
110 North Hall
1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706