Columbia University

www.sipa.columbia.edu

Overview

For more than 60 years, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs has been educating professionals who work in public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social science research and hands-on practice, SIPA's graduates and faculty strive to improve social services, advocate for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and secure peace, in their home communities and around the world.

The curricula of SIPA's seven degree programs all combine training in analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that graduates are prepared to understand problems and implement solutions. Students combine these core skills with a focus on a policy area of their choice, and they typically engage in a practice-oriented capstone or workshop experience toward the end of their studies. The School draws its strengths from the resources of New York City and Columbia University, and yet has a global reach, with a student body that is 50 percent international; 18,000 graduates in more than 150 countries; and educational partners in global cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Beijing, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo.

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Addresses

General

School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street
International Affairs Building
Room 408
New York, NY 10027

  • 212-854-6216
  • 212-864-4847
  • email

Admissions

School of International and Public Affairs
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, SIPA
420 West 118th Street, Room 408
New York, NY 10027

  • 212-854-6216
  • 212-854-3010
  • email

Career Services

School of International and Public Affairs
Office of Career Services, SIPA
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

  • 212-854-6314
  • 212-864-6190
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master of International Affairs (MIA) - 2 years (four semesters)

  • 2 years of full-time study
  • 18 semester courses (54 points) with a cumulative average of "B" (3.0)
  • Demonstration of oral and written proficiency in a foreign language
  • Completion of core curriculum
  • One policy concentration
  • One skill or regional specialization

Master of Public Administration (MPA) - 2 years (four semesters)

  • 2 years of full-time study
  • 18 semester courses (54 points) with a cumulative average of "B" (3.0)
  • Completion of core curriculum
  • One policy concentration
  • One skill or regional specialization

Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) - 14 months

  • http://new.sipa.columbia.edu/academics/programs/program-in-economic-policy-management/curriculum

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) - one year

  • Students complete a total of 54 points over three semesters
  • One policy concentration requirement

MPA in Development Practice (MPA DP) - two years (four semesters)

  • Core coursework (7 core areas)
  • Participation in DP-lab and Summer Field Placement Program

    http://new.sipa.columbia.edu/academics/programs/mpa-in-development-practice

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) - 2 -3 years

  • Core Curriculum
  • Policy Concentration
  • Electives

Fields of Specialization

In addition to fulfilling all core requirements, students must also satisfy the requirements of a substantive policy concentration. All students choose one concentration consisting of five courses: a policy field in which they wish to focus their studies at SIPA:

  • Economic and Political Development
  • Energy and Environment
  • Human Rights
  • International Finance and Economic Policy
  • International Security Policy
  • Urban and Social Policy

    All students also choose one skill or regional specialization consisting of three courses: a skill or area of specialized knowledge to pair with their policy concentration:

  • Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis
  • Applied Science
  • Communications and Media
  • International Organization
  • Management
  • Regional Specialization: Africa, East Asia, East Central Europe, Europe, Latin America, The Middle East, Russia, Southern Asia, United States

    Joint Degrees

  • JD with Columbia Law School
  • MBA with Columbia Business School
  • MS with Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
  • MSP with Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • MPH with Columbia School of Public Health
  • MSW with Columbia School of Social Work

    International Dual Degrees and Exchanges

  • MPA with the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MPA with Sciences Po in Paris
  • MPA with the University of Singapore�s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

    Core Courses

  • Core Curriculum: Economics; Quantitative Analysis; Management; Financial Management; Political Theory/Political Processes (international or national/local, depending on degree program)
  • Proficiency in one foreign language
  • Internship
  • Capstone Workshop Consultancy Project (mandatory for MPA, optional for MIA)
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