Office Communication Top Ten List: Entry #2

This is the second entry in our “Top 10″ list for you to consider when communicating with our office and applying.

Number 2 – Avoid Creating a Duplicate Online Application

It is bound to happen, you are going to create an online application and somewhere along the line you are going to lose the user name or password.  Please do not follow the temptation to simply create a new application.  Having multiple applications in the system can lead to problems with tracking documents.

Perhaps you have one “active” application in the system and one that is “hibernating” (you lost the user name or password) and will never be used.  Our office does not know which is the “real” application and this may lead to our office tracking different documents to different applications and therefore neither of the applications may reach complete status.  Please contact technical support (see instructions on the application site) if you lose your user name or password and do not succumb to the temptation to create a new application.

There is one important footnote.  In some cases SIPA does allow for applications to more than one program.  In this case, applicants will want to create more than one application in the online system and inform our office that they are applying to two different programs by sending an email to  Here are some important details.  In examples 2 and 3 below, the same application system is used, but two separate applications must be created.

1. An applicant may not apply to both the MIA and MPA program.

2. An applicant may apply to the MIA or the MPA and to any of the following programs:  PEPM, PESP, MPA-DP, EMPA.

3.  Applicants can also apply for either the MIA or MPA and any one of the international dual degree programs listed here:  an MPA with the London School of Economics, an MPA with Sciences Po, an MPP with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an MPP with the Hertie School of Governance.

4. The dual degree MIA program with Sciences Po requires that an application be submitted only through the Sciences Po application site.  If an applicant wishes to apply for the dual MIA degree with Sciences Po and to SIPA, that is fine and would require two applications: 1) one for the dual degree program through the Sciences Po Web site 2) One for the stand alone program at SIPA through our online system.

For details on all of our international dual degree programs, visit our international dual degree page.  If applying to a Columbia University dual degree program, you must submit separate applications to each school.  For a list of Columbia dual degree programs click here.