SIPA's Master of International Affairs (MIA) Degree

Student Profile: Saiful Salihudin MIA ’21


Saiful Salihudin MIA ’21

Majda Radovanović MIA ’20


Majda Radovanović MIA ’20

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CJ Dixon MIA ’19

Objective

MIA students acquire the substantive knowledge, practical skills and real-world experience to address the big issues of international affairs. The curriculum integrates Columbia University’s unsurpassed academic choices with extensive experiential learning, including capstone workshop projects with organizations around the world. Students pursue a customizable core curriculum, including a wide range of courses on international politics and political economy. Students also choose from a broad range of majors:  International Security Policy, International Finance and Economic Policy, Economic and Political Development, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, Energy and Environment, and Urban and Social Policy. Graduates join a dynamic network of MIA alumni in leading organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors around the world.

Who It's For

The MIA degree program is best suited for young professionals holding a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or substantive internship experience who have a passion for international affairs and a commitment to make the world a better place.

Career Paths

MIA graduates work around the world in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Recent employers include the United Nations, U.S. Departments of State and Defense, foreign ministries abroad, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company, the International Rescue Committee, and many others.

Curriculum

The MIA offers a customizable core curriculum, including a wide range of courses in international politics and political economy. Students choose from a broad range of concentrations (majors): International Security Policy, International Finance and Economic Policy, Economic and Political Development, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, Energy and Environment, and Urban and Social Policy. Students prepare to work in a global environment by demonstrating proficiency in a modern language other than English. The MIA also offers special international immersion courses and fieldwork opportunities.

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Tuition & Fees

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FAQs
Can I be exempted from some of the requirements based on past academic or professional experience?

Course exemptions are only granted to students who obtain advanced standing based on previous graduate level academic work or pass a proficiency test.

Can I switch my program, concentration, or specialization after I’m admitted?

Yes.

Can I study part-time or in the evenings?

All students are required to register full-time as many required courses are only offered during the day.

Can I take classes at other schools at Columbia University?

Yes. Many of our students take courses at other Columbia Schools. For more information, please consult the SIPA Bulletin.

Dual-Degree Programs with other columbia schools

  • MIA and Master of Science in Journalism (MS)
  • MIA and Master of Science in Urban Planning (MS)
  • MIA and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MIA and Juris Doctor (JD)
  • MIA and Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MIA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)
  • MIA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

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Dual-Degree Programs with international partners

Application Checklist

More information about the application deadlines and checklist can be found on How to Apply to SIPA. Detailed instructions on the application requirements may be found once you start an account in the online Application Portal or by browsing the Admissions Blog.

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Employment Statistics

 

Employment By Sector


Employment

83.8%

Employed / Pursuing Further Study

15.4%

Seeking Employment

0.8%

Not Seeking Employment

Employment information as reported by the graduates six months after graduation. In AY 2019–20, 182 students graduated from the MIA program, 130 reported.

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