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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).

 

Spring 2015 application deadline

 

source:  New Yorker May 2, 2010

source: New Yorker May 2, 2010

 

 

REMINDER: APPLICATION DEADLINES!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Just a reminder that our first application deadline of the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year is this Wednesday, October 15th!

Since the application deadline varies by program, we thought it would be useful to remind you of all of our programs’ application deadlines. Please keep in mind that all required materials must be received by the SIPA Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the application deadline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

The Office of Admissions Team
Columbia SIPA

 

Don’t let time pass you by

You want to pursue your MIA/MPA degree at Columbia SIPA but you’re not confident that you have the right credentials to compete with the other applicants. One of the reasons we don’t like to state our admissions rate is because it discourages prospective candidates from applying, who may have been good candidates. They get stuck on the number and they second guess their value. My word of advice (and I am sure my colleagues would echo it), JUST APPLY. You have a 50/50 chance of being admitted if you try and a 0% chance of admission if you don’t try.

Of course, you should put together the best application you can and not haphazardly pull something together for submission. You also should be clear about why you are applying to the school and what you wish to get out of the degree. If you can’t answer those two basic questions, you should take some time to think about it before you invest your time and money in pursuing a degree you may not need or really want.

The most daunting part of the entire application is gathering and submitting all the requested materials within the posted deadlines. Don’t procrastinate – You don’t want to accidentally miss the deadline for getting all your materials in for consideration and/or miss an opportunity to be considered for a scholarship because you didn’t submit your application in time. If you have time, consider submitting your application several weeks prior to the deadline so that if the office of admissions finds pieces of your application missing, you have time to gather and submit them. You may also view your status on your application status page.

MIA, MPA SPRING 2015 DEADLINE
OCTOBER 15 – Preferred

 

ROLLING ADMISSIONS We accept and consider applications during a broader period of time and will render decisions once an application has been reviewed. Class closes November 30.

 

MIA, MPA, MPADP FALL 2015 DEADLINES
NOVEMBER 1 EARLY ACTION You receive a decision from us by January 1 (Merit Scholarships to top candidates will be awarded).   Non-binding.

 

JANUARY 5 FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION

 

You will be considered for a SIPA scholarship.

 

FEBRUARY 5 FINAL DEADLINE All applicants who wish to be considered for fall 2015 admission, must submit by this date.

 

Note that our spring term uses a “rolling admissions” process. This means that the admissions office accepts and considers applications during a broader period of time and will render decisions once an application has been reviewed – Applicants do not all receive their decisions at the same time on a particular date far in the future. It’s a good idea to get your application in as early as possible since will review and allocate scholarships and fellowships to admitted students on a first come, first serve basis during the spring rolling admissions process. The earlier you apply, the better the chance you will receive the financial help you need to go to school.

The key to a successful application is time – giving yourself enough time to collect materials, find and instruct the best people to write letters for you, write and edit your essays. Good luck!

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be in it to win it

So you want to serve the global community?  Get the skills and the network to be a leader.

The SIPA MIA/MPA application deadline is tonight, February 5, 2014 [at 23:59:59 EST].

We are gearing up for the final rush of applications.   Materials are coming in every day.  We are processing them quickly so they make it to the Admission Committee for review.  Our readers have been pleased with those who submitted earlier last month; they anticipate a good show this time around too.

Your application must be complete in order for it to move to the next stage of the process.  Check your application status for received materials by logging into your application.  If you are uncertain, review our recent post on application status.  Keep in mind if you mail in your materials, it may take a few days before your application status is updated.

If you want to shape policy and lead change, you need to be at SIPA.  But first you need to apply.  So what are you waiting for?  Don’t delay.  Submit.

 

 

"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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