Columbia SIPA’s 2022 Application is officially live. We strongly recommend providing yourself with ample time to prepare a complete application that best represents your academic abilities. To help you get started, we encourage you to consider the following steps:

1. Review the Application Requirements. Be sure to read through the checklist and Admissions FAQs thoroughly. One important update to note for the 2022 application is option to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement. For more information, see this recent post.

2. Be mindful of deadlines. Our deadlines are final, so make sure you submit your materials by each respective deadline.

Program Term Early Action Fellowship Consideration Final Deadline
MIA, MPA only Spring 2022 Oct. 15, 2021 (includes fellowship consideration)
MIA, MPA, MPA-DP Fall 2022 Nov. 1, 2021 Dec. 20, 2021 Feb. 5, 2022 (admissions decision only)

3. Attend an information session. The Admissions team offers a variety of virtual sessions for applicants who need support in preparing their application materials. If you have specific questions about the process, you are encouraged to register for an upcoming session, and to connect with SIPA here.

4. Plan your financing strategy. The best time to begin a financing strategy is now. It’s important to do this in tandem with your admissions application as many fellowships will require similar materials. Check out this funding database we’ve compiled.

Remember to allow your authentic voice to reflect in your application. We want to see your unique qualities shine through. Best of luck!

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