GPPN Overview

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between Columbia UniversitySciences Po Paris, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, FGV-EAESP in São Paulo, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo, and the Hertie School in Berlin.

The mission of GPPN is to address the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century. It aims to have policy impact, be influential in public policy education and training, and to be innovative in teaching and research through a number of activities:

  • Dual degree programs and student exchanges
  • Faculty exchanges
  • Collaborative public policy research and publications
  • Executive Education and Training programs for policymakers
  • Case study projects
  • Conferences and events that bring together scholars, students, and practitioners

The SIPA Office of Student Affairs oversees the dual degree and student exchange aspect of GPPN. The information and links below provide an overview of the student exchange and dual degree. For information on the other aspects of GPPN noted above, please visit the central GPPN website.  Summaries of some of this year's case study projects are also posted on the GPPN site. We encourage you to visit and view the study project by CiteMe, one of the SIPA student teams that participated in the 2017 case study competition hosted by Sciences Po. 

International Dual Degree Programs and Student Exchanges at SIPA

SIPA offers seven different international dual degree programs with the six institutions listed below. Students are awarded both the relevant SIPA degree and a degree from our partner institution at the end of a unified two-year study program. In general, SIPA students must be enrolled in the first year of the two year traditional MIA or MPA program in order to be eligible to participate international dual degree programs. 

The exception to this is the Sciences Po program, which has a separate admissions and application process. Those interested in the Sciences Po/SIPA dual degree must apply prior to matriculating into the MIA/MPA programs at Sciences Po or SIPA.

The language of instruction for all programs is English, with the exception of the Management and Public Policy program at FGV, which is in Portuguese. 

International Dual Degrees (excluding Sciences Po)

In order to be eligible to participate in the international dual degree programs, you must meet the criteria listed below:  

  1. First-year student in the traditional two year MIA or MPA programs
  2. Enrolled full-time in all semesters
  3. Must matriculate at SIPA in the Fall semester
  4. In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the Spring semester of your first year
  5. Complete all core requirements with the exception of capstone and internship by the end of the Spring semester. Note: Internship must be registered or waived prior to the second year but students can complete the internship at any time prior to completion of the degree.
  6. Complete a full academic year (Fall and Spring semester) 
  7. Complete a minimum of 30 credits at SIPA by the end of the Spring semester

Generally, an average of 3-6 SIPA students per dual degree will participate in the international dual degree program each year. The number of accepted students will vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications.

Students are expected to fulfill the equivalent of all coursework for both degrees and will be set on an intensive academic course that will allow them to do this in two years. The program combines the research and educational strengths of SIPA and the partner school to create a course of study that gives students a breadth of knowledge with a truly global reach..

Students can APPLY HERE for the program.

Application Process (all programs excluding Sciences Po):

First-year SIPA students in the traditional two year MIA/MPA program interested in participating in an international dual degree program will need to submit the GPPN dual degree application. Note: this process does not apply to the Sciences Po program. Students enrolled at a GPPN partner institution who wish to apply to a dual degree program should contact the relevant school for further information on the program. 

Below is a list of dual degree programs, along with the degree issued by the partner school:

Sciences Po Overview and Admission Process

The dual degree Science Po/SIPA program is a fixed track program in which students spend their first year at Sciences Po and their second year at SIPA. The program requires a separate admissions application and is not open to students who are already enrolled in the MIA/MPA programs at either school. The application and admissions process is overseen by Sciences Po. Please visit their website for more information on admissions. See the links below for program and SIPA curricula information. Sciences Po MIA and MPA curricula information is available on their site. 

To access the SIPA/Sciences Po dual degree applicantion and complete information on the admissions process, including deadlines, please visit the Sciences Po Admissions site


Exchange programs allow students to spend a semester of their second year at one of our partner schools and transfer credits back to SIPA. SIPA students continue to pay SIPA tuition when they are abroad. Programs are listed below:

  • CairoSchool of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University of Cairo (AUC) - please click on the link for complete information on the AUC exchange process.
  • Mexico City: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) - (currently suspended)

Contact Information

  • Contact Information for partner schools is provided on the respective schools' web pages which can be accessed via the links above. Note: prospective students who plan to spend their first year at a partner institution will need to apply through that school. 
  • Current SIPA students and applicants who plan to spend their first year at SIPA can contact Alleyne Waysome, Assistant Dean of Office of Student Affairs. 
  • Students interested in the Sciences Po program should contact the Sciences Po Office of Admissions for information regarding the admissions application and process.