Greetings

Apologies for the short hiatus between our last post and this one.

As the new Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, I am excited to get to work in my new post here at SIPA.  For decades, SIPA has been educating professionals who work in public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world.  SIPA has adapted to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world, distinguishing itself as a place where a renowned university, the nation’s largest city and the global community converge.

In Admissions, there is always a lot of anxiety around getting accepted into a program/school of your choice.  Part of that anxiety is created by the application.  Many prospective applicants have contacted and/or visited our Office recently on a quest to learn more about the application process — we hope we were able to answer your questions and put concerns to rest.  We try to demystify the process by being upfront with our candidates on what we look for in our students.  First and foremost, we are looking for candidates who are passionate, committed and accomplished…. and individuals who want to serve the global public interest.

Applications for our MIA, MPA and MPA in Development Practice programs must be completed and submitted to us by 11:59PM January 5, 2012.  For those of you who have already submitted an application for Fall 2012 consideration, we will begin reviewing your completed application in December.  Therefore, you will not see much action on your application until then.  We ask you to be patient as we are working diligently on processing your application.

Again, if you have admissions and/or financial aid related questions please email our office at sipa_admission@columbia.edu or call us at 212.854.6216.  My team and I look forward to getting to know you as an applicant and hopefully as a student at SIPA.  We wish you the best of luck and stay tuned for more!