SIPA students may take advantage of a broad range of dual degree programs, both within Columbia University and with partnering Universities around the world.  See below for more admissions and academic information about these opportunities within Columbia University.) For information on programs with international partner schools in the Global Public Policy Network, or GPPN.

Visit the Global Policy Network (GPPN) website 

Most Columbia dual degree programs provide flexibility in enrollment plans from one year or semester to another.  But students should be aware that SIPA funding is only available for those semesters which you are attending SIPA, it cannot under any circumstances be used at other schools at Columbia.  While enrolled at Columbia, your financial aid eligibility, including any combination of scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, student loans or Work Study, will be determined by the school that you are attending that semester.  Students enrolled in dual degree programs are just as eligible to apply for SIPA funding as are non-dual degree students.  While you are enrolled at the other school, please make sure you are aware of applicable deadlines and procedures at SIPA.

If you are attending abroad in one of SIPA’s international dual degree programs, if you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to borrow a federal or private student loan through SIPA for costs incurred at the international school.

If you intend to enroll abroad in the GPPN program, the semester may begin earlier than Columbia’s, therefore prior to the disbursement of your aid.  Aid disburses at Columbia.  When that disbursement takes place, it creates a credit balance that is refunded to you.  It is important to have a direct deposit account set up (with a US bank) so that you will be able to access those funds quickly.  Please plan accordingly, and if you are leaving prior to the beginning of Columbia’s semester, have some financial resources available for immediate expenses.

Drawing on the resources of Columbia University, SIPA offers a number of dual degree programs with other Columbia schools. Students in these programs gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives in fields other than International and Public Affairs. Each dual degree program leads to the award of two degrees in less time than if the two degrees were pursued separately.

SIPA currently has eleven dual master's degree programs with the following schools:

Students interested in pursuing any of the Columbia dual degree listed above should contact Dean Stefan Brown.

SIPA also offers a program for Columbia undergraduate students, a five-year joint degree program, which leads to a BA and an MIA or MPA degree in five years.  Students interested in pursuing the five-year joint degree program should contact Dean Desmond Beirne.

The dual degree programs offered by SIPA and other Columbia schools and the degrees they confer are listed below:

MIA Dual Degrees

MIA and Master of Science in Journalism (MS)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA  
Chanel Roche | Journalism School

  • Credit Requirements: 30 SIPA credits, 37 Journalism credits – 67 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  2 semesters at SIPA, 2 semesters at Journalism – 4 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the School of Journalism dual degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
  SIPA U 6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Master of Science in Urban Planning (MS)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA  
Trisha Logan | Urban Planning

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits, 45  Urban Planning credits – 90 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 3 semesters at Urban Planning – 6 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For Urban Planning degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Scott Van Pelt | Business School

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits, 45 School credits – 90 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 3 semesters at Business School – 6 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about Columbia Business School degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Note: The core Business School economics sequence, B6005/6006, satisfy the SIPA Economics I and II requirements.
Quantitative Analysis Note: The core Business School course B6100 satisfies the SIPA Quantitative Analysis requirement. SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Note:: B5101 - Organizational Change, B6703 - Leadership Development, B6701 - Strategy Formulation all satisfy the SIPA Management requirement Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Note: The core Business School course B6013 meets the SIPA Financial Management Requirement. Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
 
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development Note: dual degree students who begin at the Business School and take the professional  development sessions offered by its Office of Career services are exempt from this requirement. .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Juris Doctor (JD)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Yadira Ramos-Herbert | Law School

  • Credit Requirements: 30 SIPA credits, 83 Law School credits – 103 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  2 semesters at SIPA, 6 semesters at the Law School – 8 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about Columbia Law School degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Note: The core Business School economics sequence, B6005/6006, satisfy the SIPA Economics I and II requirements.
Quantitative Analysis Note: The core Business School course B6100 satisfies the SIPA Quantitative Analysis requirement. SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Note:: B5101 - Organizational Change, B6703 - Leadership Development, B6701 - Strategy Formulation all satisfy the SIPA Management requirement Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Note: The core Business School course B6013 meets the SIPA Financial Management Requirement. Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
 
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development Note: dual degree students who begin at the Business School and take the professional  development sessions offered by its Office of Career services are exempt from this requirement. .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Master of Public Health (MPH)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Lillian Morales | Associate Director - Academic Records and Standards | Public Health
Dr. Joseph Korevec | Director of Admissions and Financial Aid | Public Health

  • Credit Requirements: 36 SIPA credits, 39 Public Health credits (32 of which must be completed while in residence at Public Health), 75 credits total. 
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 2 consecutive semesters at MPH (fall, spring)- 5 semesters total. 

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the Mailmain School of Public Health degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Meghan McCarter | Program Coordinator | QMSS

  • Credit Requirements: 37 SIPA credits, 30 QMSS credits – 67 credit total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 2 semesters at QMSS – 5 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

MIA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Karma Lowe  | Social Work

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits, 45 - 51* Social Work credits – 90 - 96 credit total.  
    *The number of credits required at social work will be between 45 and 51, depending on the student’s chosen method concentration area.
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 3 semesters at Social Work – 6 semesters total

 

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I (SOCW T6009 Advanced Research Methods fulfills this requirement) 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement 3 Fall or Spring
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations    
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
IPA SU6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Note: SOCW T7125 – Financial Management for Social Work – can count towards this requirement.
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: An internship obtained through the School of Social Work can be counted toward this requirement. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
  2. By passing a language proficiency test.
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits  

 

MPA Dual Degrees

MPA and Juris Doctor (JD)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Yadira Ramos-Herbert | Law School

  • Credit Requirements: 30 SIPA credits, 83 Law School credits – 103 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 5 semesters at the Law School – 8 semesters total
  • SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about Columbia Law School degree requirements click here

 

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Compartive Perspectives 4 Fall
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U 6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit.  Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master of Public Health (MPH)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Lillian Morales | Associate Director - Academic Records and Standards | Public Health
Dr. Joseph Korevec | Director of Admissions and Financial Aid | Public Health

  • Credit Requirements: Credit Requirements: 36 SIPA credits, 39 Public Health credits (32 of which must be completed while in residence at Public Health), 75 credits total.
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 2 consecutive semesters at MPH (fall, spring)- 5 semesters total. 

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the Mailman School of Public Health, degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Note: P6030 Methods for Research Design and Evaluation fulfills the SIPA Quantitative Analysis requirement.
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives 4 Fall
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Note: Note: PUBH P6080 Leadership and Innovation (3 credit) fulfills the SIPA Management Requirement. PUBH P6080 (1.5 credit) does not fulfill the SIPA Management requirement.
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Note: HPMN P6529 Healthcare Finance & HPMN P8558 Strategic Management fulfill the SIPA Financial Management requirement.
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: An internship obtained through the School of Public Health can be counted toward this requirement. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Meghan McCarter | Program Coordinator | QMSS

  • Credit Requirements: 37 SIPA credits, 30 QMSS credits – 67 credit total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 2 semesters at QMSS – 5 semesters total

SIPA Degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) degree requirements click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives 4 Fall
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
IPA SU6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
NOTE: SOCW T7125 – Financial Management for Social Work – can count towards this requirement.
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship NOTE: An internship obtained through the School of Social Work can be counted toward this requirement. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Contacts:

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Karma Lowe | Social Work

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits, 45 - 51* Social Work credits – 90 - 96 credit total
    *The number of credits required at social work will be between 45 and 51, depending on the student’s chosen method concentration area.
  • Minimum Residency Requirements:  3 semesters at SIPA, 3 semesters at Social Work – 6 semesters total

 

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U4201 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I (SOCW T6009 Advanced Research Methods fulfills this requirement) 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives 4 Fall
Management Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
IPA SU6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Note: SOCW T7125 – Financial Management for Social Work – can count towards this requirement.
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship Note: An internship obtained through the School of Social Work can be counted toward this requirement. 1.5 – 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop TBA (Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA) 3 Fall or Spring

 

Five-Year Joint Degrees

The Five-Year Program at SIPA

MIA and BA


SIPA's Office of Student Affairs (OSA) manages the School's Five-Year Program

The Dual Degree Program with Columbia College, the School of Engineering, Barnard, and the School of General Studies gives exceptional students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program take SIPA graduate courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies, in addition to any remaining courses needed to complete their bachelor requirements. During their fifth / last year, students matriculate at SIPA and spend two semesters completing their masters requirements.

Most graduate-level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA or MPA degree, up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing. Students must then complete at least 30 credits (two academic semesters) in residency as SIPA students and meet the overall requirements for the MIA or MPA degree. 

Admissions

The SIPA Five-Year Program is designed for outstanding students who are passionate about and committed to public administration, foreign service or international relations. Prospective students should  consider the following:

  • Applicants will have completed most of their requirements for their undergraduate major at the end of their junior year. Most graduate level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA/MPA degree up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing.
  • Applicants must consult with the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s college to obtain their approval regarding eligibility and confirm they are on-track to complete their bachelor requirements within a year of being admitted to the program. All students who are admitted to the five-year program must have their bachelor degree conferred prior to their first semester in residency at SIPA.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to highlight in their applications whatever background they have in economics, modern languages, political science, statistics, and mathematics.

Interested students must consult with the Dean’s Offices of their colleges to obtain approval regarding eligibility. Once approved to apply to the Five Year Program, students must complete the online application. The application deadline in early January is the same for Five Year Program applicants as it is for all other SIPA applicants. However, applicants to the Five Year Program do not have to take the GRE or pay the application fee. Moreover, admitted students do not need to pay the SIPA deposit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students pay the tuition and fees of the schools in which they are registered each term. SIPA has a flat tuition rate for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits per term. Click here for more information.

Students are granted institutional financial aid by the school in which they are registered each term. Students should follow the procedures and deadlines in each school as they will be different.  To plan for optimal aid, students must consult as soon as possible with the financial aid offices at both schools.  

SIPA Teaching Assistantships

Five Year students may apply for merit-based Teaching Assistantships after completing at least one semester of study at SIPA – the Fall semester of their fourth year.  Students must be in good academic standing.  Other conditions may also apply.

The SIPA Assistantship application is available on-line in January. Please see Funding for Current Students.

MPA and BA


SIPA's Office of Student Affairs (OSA) manages the School's Five-Year Program

The Dual Degree Program with Columbia College, the School of Engineering, Barnard, and the School of General Studies gives exceptional students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program take SIPA graduate courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies, in addition to any remaining courses needed to complete their bachelor requirements. During their fifth / last year, students matriculate at SIPA and spend two semesters completing their masters requirements.

Most graduate-level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA or MPA degree, up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing. Students must then complete at least 30 credits (two academic semesters) in residency as SIPA students and meet the overall requirements for the MIA or MPA degree. 

Admissions

The SIPA Five-Year Program is designed for outstanding students who are passionate about and committed to public administration, foreign service or international relations. Prospective students should  consider the following:

  • Applicants will have completed most of their requirements for their undergraduate major at the end of their junior year. Most graduate level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA/MPA degree up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing.
  • Applicants must consult with the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s college to obtain their approval regarding eligibility and confirm they are on-track to complete their bachelor requirements within a year of being admitted to the program. All students who are admitted to the five-year program must have their bachelor degree conferred prior to their first semester in residency at SIPA.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to highlight in their applications whatever background they have in economics, modern languages, political science, statistics, and mathematics.

Interested students must consult with the Dean’s Offices of their colleges to obtain approval regarding eligibility. Once approved to apply to the Five Year Program, students must complete the online application. The application deadline in early January is the same for Five Year Program applicants as it is for all other SIPA applicants. However, applicants to the Five Year Program do not have to take the GRE or pay the application fee. Moreover, admitted students do not need to pay the SIPA deposit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students pay the tuition and fees of the schools in which they are registered each term. SIPA has a flat tuition rate for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits per term. See this page for additional information.

Students are granted institutional financial aid by the school in which they are registered each term. Students should follow the procedures and deadlines in each school as they will be different.  To plan for optimal aid, students must consult as soon as possible with the financial aid offices at both schools.  

Five Year students may apply for merit-based Teaching Assistantships after completing at least one semester of study at SIPA – the Fall semester of their fourth year.  Students must be in good academic standing.  Other conditions may also apply.

The SIPA Assistantship application is available on-line in January. Please see Funding for Current Students.

 


Admissions

Applications for admission must be filed separately to each school as admissions decisions are made independently. There is no special consideration for students applying to two schools at Columbia University. Students are considered dual degree students only after being admitted into two separate schools with a recognized dual degree program at Columbia University. Applicants may apply simultaneously to two separate schools at Columbia. If admitted to both schools, a deferment must be requested at one of the two schools. Admitted students who do not begin their combined program at SIPA should send the acceptance form (without the deposit) and a request for a deferral to the SIPA Admissions Office. Applicants may also enroll in one school first, and then apply to another school at a later date. Students must, however, apply to the second school prior to completing half the course work of the first school.

Financial Aid/Fellowships

See here for Financial Aid and Fellowships information