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Applications deadlines are approaching… but you haven’t decided

Are you someone who wants to continue serving the global community but haven’t decided whether or not you should take time to complete a Master’s degree in international affairs?

I think the best thing for you to do is to talk with our students or alumni.  Learn from their experiences and imagine yourself here through their lens.  If you cannot come to New York to meet with our students, then we can send alums to you.  We have alumni in 155 countries after all.

If you just want to speak with an admissions representative, you can meet us in Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, Kuwait City, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Ankara, Berlin and Paris.  Click here for more details about where to find us,  We’ll also be in California this week with a few colleagues from Princeton, Tufts, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown… plus a handful of our alumni in San Diego (October 22) and San Francisco (October 23).  If you’re in the area, meet us for a drink and some light conversation about our programs and our communities.  See you on the road… or here on campus.


we would love to meet you…

Our fall recruitment season has begun.  Besides the numerous MIA/MPA information sessions held on the Columbia University campus, SIPA Admissions will be attending several graduate fairs around the country, such as the Idealist Grad Fairs and the APSIA Admissions Forums.  We are also participating in various information sessions from St. Paul, MN to Brasilia, Brazil this month.  You can find a full list of places we’ll be on our website.  We will update the schedule with additional locations when they have been finalized so check back again.

If you are interested in receiving information about our program, be sure to send us your info so we may add you to our mailing list.

On Monday, September 16th, we’re co-hosting a couple of information sessions in Minnesota and we’ll be participating in the Idealist Grad Fair held in New York at 125 West 18th Street.  Registration is free so stop by if your interested in learning more about SIPA or any of the graduate schools in attendance.

Looking forward to meeting you.


MIA & MPA Curriculum

A popular question we hear is about core courses and whether or not someone can take core courses for their concentration (not just core courses for the degree curriculum)  in the first semester.

It is definitely possible. Most people take at least CF (Conceptual Foundation)/POP (Politics of Policymaking) and Econ their first semester (although there are a smattering of students who complete these their second year).  Most people tend to spread their core courses throughout the four semesters, concentrating more in the first year.

To give you an idea, this is what Nancy’s SIPA schedule looked like; the courses that count toward the core are (*),  in parenthesis  are courses that would count toward Nancy’s specialization, concentration and co-curricular requirements.   This is a somewhat typical (except maybe the semester where most of her classes were at other CU schools) schedule. Hope this helps!


Fall 1

  • Econ 4200*
  • Quant Analysis (Stats I)*
  • POP*
  • Elections and Political Development
  • Women and Power in the 21st Century (Half Semester, Management, Gender Policy)

Spring 1

  • Econ*
  • Budgeting for Non-Profits*
  • Campaign Management (USP and Management)
  • Statistical Races and Public Policy (USP)
  • Women and Global Leadership (Half Semester, Management, Gender Policy)

Fall 2

  • Effective Management in the Public Sector* (Management- although I don’t think this counts for you guys anymore)
  • Gender Mainstreaming (Gender Policy)
  • Elections (in the Poli Sci PhD Dept, USP)
  • Election Law (at CLS, USP)
  • Money in Politics (1/2 semester at the J-school, USP)

Spring 2

  • Capstone with UN Women
  • Work/Family Policy in Industrialized Countries (USP Core Course, Gender Policy, Management)
  • Writing for Policy
  • Women’s Human Rights (Gender)


For a sample of the MIA and MPA curriculum, you may visit our website at:


"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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