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
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!
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.
As a SIPA representative who has interacted with applicants hoping to get into SIPA, I know that the final stage of the application process yields both relief and stress for prospective students who have not yet completed the application. Here are a few tips for those of you who are still working on your SIPA applications:
Follow directions: Often times, it is the simplest thing that can hinder ones application. Be sure to follow instructions carefully and thoroughly. If there is a word limit for personal statements, follow it. If you are asked for three letters of recommendation, do not send more or less. If you are asked not to send anything additional, don’t.
Focus on content and presentation: A candidate might have the highest standardized test scores, a great GPA, and excellent references, but if the application contains obvious misspellings or grammatical mistakes, it may be a problem. Please make sure to carefully review your materials before hitting the submit button. The most common mistake is submitting a statement of purpose that was meant for another school – Don’t confuse SIPA with other schools. If you do, the Admissions Committee will assume you are careless and not entirely serious about your application.
Be yourself: It is important that you present yourself in a genuine and honest way. No one is perfect, so the Committee might be a bit skeptical about applicants who present themselves as having no flaws. Don’t exaggerate your accomplishment or make up excuses for weaknesses in your application.
Allow yourself enough time: Take some time to gather and collect all of the required materials for your application. Our online application portal allows you to frequently check the status of your application. Check and recheck to make sure that there are no more supporting and supplemental documents you need to submit.
Stay positive and try to relax: We realize that it is a very anxious time for you and we’ll do our best to help you through the process. Feel free to visit the office if you are in the New York City area. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, excluding holidays – No appointment is needed to speak to someone in the Admissions Office. Of course, you can always email or call us if you need assistance.
"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