Decoding SIPA’s alphabet soup

It’s not easy learning the As, Bs and Cs of SIPA, but you will certainly know a great share by the end of your first semester at SIPA.

At SIPA, a common conversation begins something like this:

“I’m an MPA concentrating in EE, more specifically in GEMP. I’ll have to run to OSA and OCS to get some paperwork. Will I see you at the SIPASA party?”

As you can see, it is truly a world of acronyms that, sometimes, can get you lost. But, don’t worry, we built this incredible (and up-to-date) list of acronyms that will make your life a lot easier. This list may just save you some embarrassment the next time you’re on campus for an information session or IAB tour.

Check it out!

CUIT Columbia University Information Technology Administrative
DAAF Director of Academic Administration and Finance – the main administrative contact for your program or department Administrative
DGS Director of Graduate Studies – the main academic contact for your program or department and the liaison with GSAS Administrative
DRA Department Research Assistant Administrative
OCS Office of Career Services Administrative
OSA Office of Student Affairs Administrative
PA Program Assistant Administrative
SIPASA SIPA Student Association Administrative
SSOL Student Services Online Administrative
TA Teaching Assistant Administrative
TIC Tickets and Information Center for campus and cultural events (located in Lerner Hall) Administrative
UAH University Apartment Housing Administrative
EE Energy and Environment Concentrations
EPD Economic and Political Development Concentrations
HRHP Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy Curriculum Concentrations
IFEP International Finance and Economic Policy Concentrations
ISP International Security Policy Concentrations
USP Urban and Social Policy Concentrations
CF Conceptual Foundations Courses
ESF Energy System Fundamentals Courses
POP Politics of Policy making Courses
CourseWorks online system that lists the courses you’re enrolled in Other
CUID/PID Columbia University ID number (e.g., C001234567), Other
IAB International Affairs Building Other
ISSO International Students and Scholars Office Other
Paw Print Columbia’s network of printers Other
SIPA School of International and Public Affairs Other
UNI University Network ID, which grants you access to all Columbia online and electronic resources (e.g., abc1234) Other
CAA Columbia Alumni Association Other
BC Barnard College Schools/Centers
CCNMTL Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Schools/Centers
CDTR Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion Schools/Centers
CEMTPP Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy Schools/Centers
CES Council for European Studies Schools/Centers
CGEG Center on Global Economic Governance Schools/Centers
CIBER Center for International Business Education and Research Schools/Centers
CICR Center for International Conflict Resolution Schools/Centers
CSER Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race Schools/Centers
CSSW Columbia School of Social Work Schools/Centers
CURP Center for Urban Research and Policy Schools/Centers
EALAC Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures Schools/Centers
EESC Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences Schools/Centers
IAS Institute of African Studies Schools/Centers
ILAS Institute of Latin American Studies Schools/Centers
IPD Initiative for Policy Dialogue Schools/Centers
ISERP Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Schools/Centers
MESAAS Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies Schools/Centers
SIWPS Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies Schools/Centers
TC Teacher’s College Schools/Centers
WEAI Weatherhead East Asian Institute Schools/Centers
EMPA Executive Master of Public Administration Programs
GPPN Global Public Policy Network Programs
IFP International Fellows Program Programs
MDP or MPA-DP Master of Public Administration in Development Practice Programs
MIA Master of International Affairs Programs
MPA Master of Public Administration Programs
PEPM Program in Economic Policy Management Programs
APEA Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis Specializations
AS Applied Science Specializations
GPP Gender and Public Policy Specializations
ICR International Conflict Resolution Specializations
IMAC International Media Advocacy & Communications Specializations
IO International Organization Specializations
APAC Asia Pacific Affairs Council Student groups
ASA Arab Student Association Student groups
CI3 Columbia Impact Investing Initiative Student groups
CRWG Conflict Resolution Working Group Student groups
CSVA Columbia SIPA Veterans Association Student groups
DSSO SIPA Defense and Security Student Organization Student groups
ESA EU/European Student Association Student groups
GCI Greater China Initiative Student groups
GPWG Gender Policy Working Group Student groups
HAWG Humanitarian Affairs Working Group Student groups
HRWG Human Rights Working Group Student groups
JASSA Japan Study Student Association Student groups
LASA Latin American Students Association Student groups
MESS Monitoring and Evaluation Student Society Student groups
MFWG MicroFinance Working Group Student groups
MWG Migration Working Group Student groups
NI Net Impact Student groups
RPCVs SIPA Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Student groups
SAA South Asian Association Student groups
SCC SIPA Consulting Club Student groups
SEA SIPA Energy Association Student groups
SEASI Southeast Asia Student Initiative Student groups
SFC SIPA Finance Club Student groups
SIPA WIL SIPA Women in Leadership Student groups
SPAN SIPA Pan-African Network Student groups
STI SIPA Turkish Initiative Student groups
TMP The Morningside Post Student groups
UNSPWG UN Studies Program Working Group Student groups