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Here’s what SIPA means by ‘early action’

The early action or early decision deadline means different things depending on the institution and level of study. Some programs require a binding commitment to the program of admission (and withdrawal of applications at other institutions upon admission), while others just give you an admission decision sooner without a binding commitment. At SIPA, we use the terms interchangeably, and I’m pleased to share we’re part of the flexible camp. So if you’re admitted to SIPA as an early-action candidate, then it means your decision is non-binding. (Yay for you!)

When is the early-action deadline? Well, it’s coming up pretty soon: November 2, 2016 11:59 p.m. EST. To be eligible for this deadline, all of your application materials must be submitted on time. There are a couple of advantages to meeting this deadline:

  1. You apply early, so you get a decision early: typically by the first week of January. (Type A personalities unite!)
  2. If you’ve applied for an outside fellowship, like the PPIA or another program, you typically need to tell the granting organization that you’ve been admitted to graduate school earlier in the year than when most admissions applicants are due. Thus, that’s where Advantage No. 1 comes into play.
  3. You’re still eligible for SIPA’s merit-based scholarships/fellowships. In rare circumstances you’ll hear about your fellowship decision at the time of admission, but most students have to wait until after the final Fall application deadline. So most of you will hear about your fellowship consideration in early March when the remainder of admissions decisions are released.

There you have it; in a nutshell that is what we mean by “early action.” If you have any questions about this process, as always give us a call at 212-854-62126 or email at For specific questions regarding fellowships and/or financial aid, email our financial aid department at

A fall treat for Spring 2016 applicants

It’s fall in New York, and that means the leaves change colors, coffee shops peddle pumpkin spice everything, and children impersonate the brightest and darkest characters in fairy tale land on the last night of October. While things like a pumpkin spice treat may be nice, SIPA’s Office of Admissions is offering something better this month.

Last week marked the Spring 2016 application deadline, and unfortunately, many of our applicants didn’t quite make it. With just two months to pull together an admission application, we empathize with what a challenge it was to meet the target date. Thus, to help ensure your application is still eligible for review, we are extending the admission deadline.

That’s right: the Spring 2016 application deadline is extended until Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Now isn’t that a real treat?!

So brush off your personal statement, collect your transcripts, and enjoy a latte or two while you prepare your application to SIPA.

We look forward to reviewing it. Finish your application now.

January 5 Deadline Reminder

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Just a friendly reminder that the MIA/MPA applications are due today, January 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please submit your completed application by tonight if you want to be considered for SIPA’s merit-based fellowships. (The final application deadlines—without fellowships consideration—is February 5, 2015.)

If you have some questions regarding your application, please review last week’s blog post, where our admissions staff answered some of your most urgent questions.

Unsure of when the deadline is in your part of the world? This chart may help:

New York, New York  January 5, 2015 11:59 PM
Los Angeles, California January 5, 2015 8:59 PM
Mexico City, Mexico January 5, 2015 10:59 PM
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil January 6, 2015 2:59 AM
London, England January 6, 2015 4:59 AM
Madrid, Spain January 6, 2015 5:59 AM
Beijing, China January 6, 2015 12:59 PM
Tokyo, Japan January 6, 2015 1:59 PM


Good luck everyone!

Can my application be incomplete?

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We have received several questions today about whether or not prospective applicants can submit their applications before recommendation letters or official-score reports are received, and after the rest of their application is complete (e.g., resumes, essays and transcripts). Read More →

Application Deadlines and Office hours

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  There was a flurry of activity as candidates put together their applications for the November 1 Early Action deadline.  Early Action decisions will be released before the new year.  Hope to share some good cheers to a number of them in time for the holidays.

If you did not get your application in this weekend, you still have time to submit your application for fall consideration.  Candidates submitting a completed application by our next application deadline, January 5, will also be considered for a SIPA merit scholarship.  The majority of fall applications received are generally submitted by this date.  However, if you need more time, you can submit your application by February 5 — applications received after January 5 will not be considered for a SIPA scholarship with their admission.

As you plan your visits to experience a SIPA class, meet with students, or speak with an Admissions representative, make sure you don’t plan to be here on school closed days — tomorrow being one of them.  Columbia University will be closed on Tuesday, November 4 in honor of Election Day.  We’ll also be closed later in the month in observance of Thanksgiving (November 27 and 28).


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

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