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Program in International Affairs School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University

  • New York, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 720
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 5
    fall application deadline
  • 39%
    acceptance rate
  • 6 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

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; 17,000 graduates in more than 150 countries; and educational partners in global cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Beijing, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Graduate Students Obtain MPA in 2 years, Including a Practical Capstone Workshop

Columbia's MPA program has been designed to develop public affairs professionals, who understand the increasingly complex issues shaping local and national level policies and projects and who have the analytical and managerial skills to apply their knowledge to real world situations. Although the students and faculty members in the MPA program focus on local and national projects, they do so in a global context, drawing on the international strengths of SIPA. MPA students and faculty members come from around the world, with international students constituting more than 50% of the student body. They work on a variety of local and national issues, ranging from economic development in Kazakhstan, to environmental issues in Japan, to municipal bond ratings or city management in New York. During their last semesters, students complete capstone workshops in which they work with clients in the not-for-profit and public sectors, providing them with the applied practice of working on critical public policy and management issues. Clients in spring workshops have included the United Nations, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Audubon Society, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the NYC Mayor's Office, and the Natural Resources and Defense Council, among others. Corresponding to the career interests of MPA students, this curriculum draws on the vast international resources of SIPA, Columbia, and the Global Public Policy Network to address a wide variety of local and national level policy issues in a rapidly globalizing context.

Graduate Students Obtain Master of International Affairs in 2 years, including a Practical Capstone Workshop

Columbia's MIA program is designed to develop international affairs professionals who understand the increasingly complex issues that transcend national boundaries and who have the managerial skills to apply their knowledge to real world situations. Courses include management, economics, and quantitative analysis. As is appropriate for a curriculum that prepares students for globally-oriented careers, the MIA core focuses on international issues and requires each student to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language other than English. Building on Columbia's commitment to the practical application of knowledge, the MIA requires an internship that is usually performed during the summer after the 1st year of course work provides hands-on experience. During their last semesters, students complete capstone workshops in which they work with clients in the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors. Clients in the Workshop have included the United Nations, the US State Department, the Rand Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and the NYC Mayor's Office, among others.

Graduate Students Complete the Environmental Science and Policy MPA in 12 Months, Including a Practical Capstone Workshop

Columbia's program in environmental science and policy is an intensive 12-month course of study in which students complete a total of 54 points over three semesters. The first term, or summer term, introduces students to the fundamentals of earth systems and conservation biology, as well as environmental policy and management issues. In the fall and spring, students delve deeper into the formulation and management of public policy and financial management. Courses in the fall semester include Public Management, Ethics, Microeconomics, and Statistical Analysis. In the spring, students continue to study microeconomics and take a financial management course. Students integrate their academic knowledge and skills into the professional and practical focus of the Workshop course each semester. During the spring semester, students complete a capstone workshop in which they work with clients in the not-for-profit and public sectors, providing them with the applied practice of working on critical environmental policy and management issues. Clients in spring Workshop have included the United Nations, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Audubon Society, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the NYC Mayor's Office, and the Natural Resources and Defense Council, among others.

The Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

The MPA degree in Development Practice (MPA-DP) trains aspiring practitioners to understand, develop and implement integrated approaches to sustainable development. Drawing on the extraordinary educational and research facilities of Columbia University, the MPA-DP emphasizes practical knowledge and skills in food systems, public health, education, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, business enterprise, economics and management. During the 22-month program, these areas are covered through a combination of formal courses, seminars, special events, and internship opportunities. Direct hands-on field experience in all areas is obtained through the mid-program field internship. The summer field internship program is an essential component of the MPA in Development Practice curriculum and is designed to provide students with practical work experience in sustainable development practice. This 3-month program provides a holistic learning experience, deeply grounded in the local environment. In 2010, students worked in teams of 2 to 5 with the Millennium Villages Project at the following sites: Mbola, Tanzania; Mwandama, Malawi; Potou, Senegal; Ruhiira, Uganda; Samlaut, Cambodia; and Sauri, Kenya.

Program in Economic Policy Management: 14 month intensive program designed for mid-career professionals and policymakers

The objective of the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) is to provide professionals and policymakers of demonstrated achievement and superior promise with the skills required for effective design and implementation of economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing and transition economies. The program is relatively brief and highly focused to accommodate the demands of mid-career professionals and policymakers. The course of study is designed to convey the practical lessons of economics and management science through the intensive study of actual economic-policy successes and failures. The demanding curriculum presupposes that students possess some measure of intellectual maturity and professional exposure to the problems of economic decision-making. The course work is reinforced with an internship that is an integral part of the program. Internships are secured by the students, with the support of PEPM staff, and are normally conducted with an economic policy organization, often at the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and also at other regional development banks, governmental and inter-governmental organizations and in private industry.

The Executive Master of Public Policy and Administration Program (EMPA)

The Executive Master of Public Policy and Administration (EMPA) program of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is designed for the experienced and ambitious executive, who is looking for a top-quality and practical graduate program, but cannot take the time out to pursue full-time study. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program will be awarded the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA). The Executive MPA program trains professionals to be competent and sophisticated public managers by incorporating broad questions of public affairs and the specific analytic, managerial, and communication skills of management and policy analysis into the curriculum. Our graduates pursue careers in local, state, and federal governmental agencies dealing with critical public policy issues. They also work as managers and staff analysts in nonprofit organizations, private corporations and banks and consulting firms. Employers in the private and nonprofit sectors are attracted by the Executive MPA's rigorous program in quantitative and managerial analysis, coupled with a deep understanding of governmental processes. The national need for trained policy analysts and public managers is a critical one, as public policy problems become larger and more complex. Common sense and intuition are inadequate guides in designing programs to address these problems. Professionals with broad training in policy analysis are able to break down highly complex problems into more manageable issues and specify the objectives to be achieved. They are also well suited to coordinate and implement coherent policy alternatives. Finally, individuals with professional training in public management are best equipped to implement successful cost-effective programs. The Executive MPA program at Columbia is deeply committed to preparing its graduates to play such leadership roles in public service.

PhD in Sustainable Development

The PhD in Sustainable Development combines a traditional graduate education in the social sciences, particularly economics, with study in the natural sciences and engineering, to prepare scholars who are uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments in furthering the goal of sustainable development. The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements in the social and natural sciences designed to provide deep understandings of the interactions between natural and social systems, and provides students with the flexibility to pursue in-depth research in a broad variety of critical policy areas. No other doctoral program produces graduates with the unique combination of diverse skills and deep insight into the most challenging problems of future human welfare. Together with experts and faculty members at Columbia, students in the program conduct research in a wide variety of areas including climate change and its social consequences, causes and solutions to extreme poverty, energy systems, agricultural transitions, water resources, infectious disease, global demographic change, ecosystems, disasters and conflict. Students also benefit from being part of the Earth Institute's research and practice programs that focus on sustainable development. Many graduates will pursue academic careers in interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs with focuses on policy and the environment as well as on the more traditional social science disciplines. Others will choose nonacademic positions, taking leadership roles in government ministries in the United States and throughout the world, working on environmental and sustainable development policy for NGOs; in international institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank; or in private firms engaged in environmental and development projects. Housed at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the PhD program continues Columbia's recent initiatives in multidisciplinary doctoral education and also reflects SIPA's longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary graduate social science education for policymakers and analysts.

Dual degrees: Columbia University and Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)

Columbia dual degrees: To draw on the resources of Columbia University and enable students to pursue studies in related fields, SIPA, along with other professional schools at Columbia, offers a number of combined degree programs.



International Partnerships: Dual degree programs award both the relevant SIPA degree and a degree from a partner institution at the end of a unified two-year study program.


Location & Contact

Program in International Affairs

School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Director

Phone: 212-854-8690
Fax: 212-854-3010
Email: sipa_admission@columbia.edu

Mr. Matt Clemons

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • International Affairs Juris Doctor/Master of International Administration (JD/MIA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of International Administration (MBA/MIA)
      Master of International Affairs (MIA)
      Master of International Affairs/Master of Science (MIA/MS)
      Master of Public Health/Master of International Administration (MPH/MIA)
      Master of Science in Journalism/Master in International Affairs (MSJ/MIA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 332
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

39% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,908
    • Accepted 749
    • Acceptance Rate 39
    • Enrolled 342
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $85
    • Application Fee - International $85
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 5
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students720
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students720
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty273
    • Full-time Percentage26%
    • Part-time Percentage74%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


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