Tamar Mitts: “How to solve policy issues is more important than ever”


Students develop the qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, substantive knowledge of a policy concentration and professional skills to address real world challenges in policy and management.

Who It's For

The MPA degree program is best suited for young professionals holding a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or substantive internship experience.

Career Paths

MPA graduates work in the most prestigious agencies and firms in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as their own start-ups and social enterprises.


The MPA core curriculum combines a globally oriented and comparative approach to national policy-making with rigorous courses in economics, quantitative analysis and management. 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, and Urban and Social Policy. Graduates possess advanced analytical abilities and career-oriented professional knowledge and skills, acquired through a curriculum that integrates Columbia University’s unsurpassed academic rigor with extensive experiential learning, including the most diverse capstone workshop program in the field. 

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Tuition & Fees

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

Most likely, no. Course exemptions are only granted to students who obtain advanced standing based on previous academic work or pass a proficiency test.

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


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

  • MPA and Juris Doctor (JD)
  • MPA and Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MPA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)
  • MPA 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 by Sector: Public Sector, 38.5%; Private Sector, 44.9%; Nonprofit Sector, 14.7%; Pursuing Further Study: 1.9%



Employed / Pursuing Further Study


Seeking Employment


Not Seeking Employment

Employment information as reported by the graduates six months after graduation. In 2021, 250 students graduated from the MPA program, 167 reported.

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