- Annual Enrollment:
- % International:
- Degrees offered:
- Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), MPA in Development Practice (MPA-DP), MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM), MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP), Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), PhD in Sustainable Development
- Work experience:
- 2-4 years (MIA, MPA, MPA-DP, MPA-ESP); 5-7 years (MPA-EPM, EMPA)
- Employment sectors:
- About one-third each private, public, and nonprofit
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Columbia SIPA: Rigorous MIA and MPA Degrees with Global Perspective
As the world’s top school of global public policy, we prepare students for senior policy and management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors—both in the United States and around the world.
SIPA places a strong emphasis on rigorous academic work that incorporates advanced analytical tools in combination with leading-edge experiential learning. Our MIA and MPA students select from a wide and deep set of concentrations in substantive areas like global politics and security; national and global economies and finance; economic development and poverty reduction; energy and environment policy and markets; urban and social policy; and human rights and humanitarian policy.
The curriculum culminates with required workshops, known as Capstones, in which small teams of students complete a broad range of consulting projects for external clients. It is the most extensive program of its kind: In a typical year, SIPA student teams conduct 80 different analyses in more than two dozen countries.
Our faculty comprises remarkable scholars and practitioners. Many SIPA professors are internationally recognized experts who research complex global issues such as the impact of climate change, cybersecurity threats, the geopolitics of energy markets, and the stability of the global financial system. Others are high-level policy makers from around the world, including former central bankers, ambassadors, senior government officials, and big-city mayors.
The SIPA experience is enhanced by the resources of one of the world’s leading research universities. To broaden their curriculum, students may choose from more than 1,000 classes at Columbia's top-ranked graduate schools, including Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. They also enjoy access to remarkable libraries, exceptional programming, and Columbia’s world-renowned research centers.
Our dynamic hometown of New York City provides unparalleled access to thought leaders and employment opportunities at leading organizations in every sector. As interns and full-time employees, SIPA students and alumni work for top consulting firms and think tanks, global financial institutions, the Federal Reserve, the United Nations, and many other top-tier companies, NGOs, and government agencies.
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