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PEPM deadline is March 1

While this blog is dedicated to SIPA’s two-year master’s degree programs, I know occasionally we get some readers who are also interested in the one-year PEPM program. Thus, I wanted to remind those applicants of the program’s upcoming deadline. Here’s a message from the PEPM Coordinator, Christine Francis:

March 1st is the final application deadline to apply for the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at Columbia | SIPA for Summer 2016 admission. PEPM is a 12-month program for mid-career professionals leading to a Master of Public Administration. Students start the full-time program on May 23rd and finish the following May.

The objective of the program is to provide professionals and policymakers of demonstrated achievement and superior promise a curriculum designed to impart the skills required for effective design and implementation of economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing and transition economies.  Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program are awarded the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University. The PEPM Curriculum consists of a three-semester sequence of core courses and elective courses, which are determined based on the track within PEPM which the students follow.  PEPM has three different curricular tracks: the traditional Economic Policy Management Track, the Global Energy Management and Policy Track and the new Central Banking and Financial Markets Track.  Core and elective courses vary depending upon the track selected by the student and approved by the PEPM administration. For more information about PEPM please click here or email To apply please click here.  

SIPA Alumni Speaker Series: United Nations

Li-Wen Zhang Presentation

Last month, SIPA alumni Dr. Li-Wen Zhang and Mr. Tshering Gyaltshen (Getse) Penjor spoke to current students about their extensive work experience at the United Nations.

Dr. Zhang, an Adjunct Professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, served at the UN’s New York Headquarters for 27 years, and has worked in a variety of UN departments and offices including the Department of Political Affairs and the UN Security Council. Mr. Penjor, who achieved his MPA degree from the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEMP) in 1999, currently works as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN in New York.

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PEPM has changed to a 12-month MPA degree program!

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The Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) has become a 12-month program for mid-career professionals leading to the Master of Public Administration degree. Students will start the full-time program in June and finish the following May. PEPM focuses on training professionals and policymakers in the skills required for effective design and implementation of economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing and transition economies. The full-time program is especially suited for mid-career professionals who may only be able to take off a short time from their current employment.

In addition to our economic policy focus, students may opt to focus on global energy management and policy, which offers a very strong set of courses focused on traditional energy markets as well as alternative energy.

PEPM was formed in cooperation with the World Bank and still maintains its connection to the Bank, through our Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship program, providing full scholarships each year for up to 12 students from emerging economies;

Please join us for our one of our online information sessions taking place over the next few months.  To join, simply click on the following link and select PEPM virtual information sessions;

When you have a moment, login to our new Facebook Page, where we are announcing news on students, professors, alumni and will be posting information on our events.

Application Deadlines for Summer 2015:

Early Decision Due: November 1, 2014

With Fellowship Consideration Due: January 5, 2015

Final Application Due: February 5, 2015

"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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