PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Columbia University

School of International
and Public Affairs


For 70 years, SIPA has been a place where a distinguished university, a great city, and the complex world intersect. Today, from the University's regional institutes to Wall Street, from its distinguished departments to City Hall, from Harlem to the United Nations, SIPA continues to benefit from and contribute to the University, the city and the world. Wide and flexible course offerings, ample internship opportunities, a spectacular global network of alumni all foster thinking about universal issues--human rights, environmental heath, economic development, adequate housing, security and conflict resolution, and many more--even as they instill sensitivity to the particular settings in which these issues are important


Degrees Offered

MIA Master of International Affairs,
MPA Master of Public Administration,
MPA-DP Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice,
PEPM Master of Public Administration in the Program in Economic Policy Management,
EMPA Executive Master of Public Administration,
ESP Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy, and
Ph.D Program in Sustainable Development

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Economic & Political Development
International Finance & Economic Policy
Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy
International Security Policy
Urban and Social Policy
Energy & Environmental

Advanced Policy & Economic Analysis
Media, advocacy, and communication
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Gender Policy
International Organizations/ UN Studies

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East
United States

Graduate Program Overview

The MIA curriculum has been designed to develop international affairs experts, consultants, and executives who understand the increasingly complex issues that transcend national boundaries. Course offerings are balanced among four sectors: core curriculum, regional or functional concentration, the foreign language requirement, and electives. In addition, an internship--usually performed during the summer after the first year of course work--provides hands-on experience in your area of concentration.

MPA: What kind of education does it take to build quality schools where none existed? To found a shelter for battered women and keep it running day after day? To re-engineer a failing agency so it delivers services on time, in volume, and under budget? To create an immunization program for children who've never even seen a doctor? To float a billion dollar bond proposal to revitalize a declining city? To draft and pass a bill to help a neighborhood suffering from an environmental threat?

Around the world, MPA graduates do these jobs every day - and more.

The MPA curriculum emphasizes applying analytical tools to real world issues. The curriculum has 4 components: the core, an enrichment component, a concentration and a summer internship.

Admissions Deadline

MIA/MPA degrees:
Fall (September):
November 2 (early action)
January 5 (fellowship consideration)
February 5 (final deadline)
Spring (January): October 15

For other MPA degree programs, please visit our website for application deadline dates.

Admissions Overview

Admission to SIPA is competitive and is based on both professional focus and academic excellence. The School offers 6 degree programs. Please visit our website for more information on specific requirements. SIPA admits applicants with a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Undergraduate work should include study of a foreign language and at least two courses in economics. We evaluate all candidates based on the following criteria: the personal statement, the resume/curriculum vitae, transcripts of prior college and/or graduate course work, letters of recommendation, and lastly, the GRE/GMAT.

Contact Information

Columbia University
514 West 113th Street
New York, New York

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