Archive for SIPASA


I started to make you guys a list of acronyms (that will be relevant and helpful when you arrive at SIPA), but then my brilliant and talented supervisor reminded me that the brilliant and talented SIPASA board already had.  SIPA speaks in letters.  For now:


SIPA  (School of International and Public Affairs) Acronyms

This list is by no way comprehensive.


MPA Master of Public Administration

EMPA Executive Master of Public Administration

MDP Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

MIA Master of International Affairs

PEPM Program in Economic Policy Management

GPPN Global Public Policy Network

IFP International Fellows Program



EPD Economic and Political Development

IFEP international Finance and Economic Policy

ISP International Security Policy

HR Human Rights

EE Energy and Environment

USP Urban and Social Policy



APEA Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis

ICR International Conflict Resolution

IMAC International Media Advocacy & Communications

IO International Organization



POP Politics of Policy making

CF Conceptual Foundations


Student Cultural Groups

ASA Arab Student Association

APAC Asia Pacific Affairs Council

ESA EU/European Student Association

GCI Greater China Initiative

JASSA Japan Study Student Association

LASA Latin American Students Association

SPAN SIPA Pan-African Network

SAA South Asian Association

SEASI Southeast Asia Student Initiative

STI SIPA Turkish Initiative


Student Policy Related Groups

CI3 Columbia Impact Investing Initiative

CRWG Conflict Resolution Working Group

GPWG Gender Policy Working Group

HRWG Human Rights Working Group

MFWG MicroFinance Working Group

HAWG Humanitarian Affairs Working Group

MWG Migration Working Group

UNSPWG UN Studies Program Working Group

NI Net Impact

SEA SIPA Energy Association

SFC SIPA Finance Club

MESS Monitoring and Evaluation Student Society


More Student Groups

CSVA Columbia SIPA Veterans Association

SCC SIPA Consulting Club

RPCVs SIPA Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

DSSO SIPA Defense and Security Student Organization

SIPA WIL SIPA Women in Leadership

TMP The Morningside Post



OCS Office of Career Services

OSA Office of Student Affairs

SSOL Student Services Online

SIPASA SIPA Student Association

TA Teaching Assistant

PA Program Assistant

DRA Department Research Assistant


Other Schools and Centers

TC Teacher’s College

CIBER Center for International Business Education and Research

CICR Center for International Conflict Resolution

CEMTPP Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy

CDTR Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion

CURP Center for Urban Research and Policy

CGEG Center on Global Economic Governance

CES Council for European Studies

IPD Initiative for Policy Dialogue

ISERP Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

SIWPS Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

ILAS Institute of Latin American Studies



Attend an event at SIPA

I believe you can learn a lot about a school by visiting it — wander around campus, visit a class and speak to our students.   You may feel the same energy and excitement that I experience every day here as you walk across campus and enter the SIPA building.   There always seems to be something happening here!

Aside from classes and SIPASA activities, as a SIPA student you also have the opportunity to attend several thought-provoking SIPA events on campus each week, ranging from general information sessions on internships, panel forum on police reform, lecture on energy,  a film screening and commentary on conflict resolution .  This week’s feature event is on Thursday, December 1, 2011; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: “The U.S. and Global Growth Challenges ” a lecture with Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University. Register.

If you are interested in learning more about SIPA, our programs and how to apply, you can attend one of our information sessions on campus.  They are held weekly on Monday evenings and Friday afternoons, excluding holidays.  If you are interested in visiting us, please contact our office at 212.854.6216 or at

Hope to see you around!

"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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