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2011 Application is Now Live

The title of this post pretty much says it all.  The application for spring 2011 and fall 2011 is now available and we encourage you to get started by clicking here to begin your application.

There is no rush to get your application in right away, the deadline for spring admission is October 1st and the deadline for fall admission is January 5th.  However, by logging in and clicking around you can become familiar with the steps you will need to complete and with the application interface.

Most importantly, stay tuned to this blog for application advice.  I will be covering lots of topics related to submitting the most competitive application possible.

Also, if you started an application in the past and plan to continue working on it, please review any information previously submitted carefully.  We have made some modifications to the application and reviewing your previous information submitted will ensure that you submit the appropriate and correct information we need to review your application.

Thank you and we look forward to helping you complete the process.

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.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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