Congratulations on your acceptance to SIPA!
Admitted Student Next Steps
Accept your Offer:
To accept or decline your admission offer, please respond to your SIPA offer of admission through SIPA's application system. If you plan to enroll, we require you to submit the Enrollment Response form and a non-refundable $2,000 USD deposit by the deadline date.
We cannot guarantee you a space in the incoming class if you do not respond by the enrollment date indicated in your admission letter.
Pay Your Enrollment Deposit
An applicant accepted into the School of International and Public Affairs is required to submit a non-refundable $2,000 USD deposit to the University by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. The deposit is credited toward the student's tuition upon matriculation. The acceptance deposit cannot be waived. Students who fail to remit their deposit by the deadline forfeit their place in the entering class. Students who make deposits but do not enroll on the agreed date will lose their deposits.
Check out Your Admitted Student Welcome Portal
For Fall 2022 admitted MIA, MPA, MPA-DP students, please enter here. Login information can be found in your admission letter. This portal will contain information about activating your University ID, applying for housing, directions for international students and more.
Understand Your Place on the Waitlist
The school places a small number of applicants on an admissions waitlist each year. Students on the waitlist are notified when and if places become available in the entering class. The waitlist is not ranked, nor is there any guarantee that applicants on the list will be granted admission.
If your application has been placed on the waitlist, we ask that you respond to let us know if you would like to remain on the waitlist or be removed. Applicants who wish to remain on the waitlist will receive occasional updates via e-mail about their status; these updates may continue until our incoming class is finalized. A final notice will be emailed to all applicants on the waitlist once the class has been finalized. At any time you may contact us if you would like your application to be removed from the waitlist.
Can I submit additional materials to improve my application while on the waitlist?
No. We do not permit applicants on the waitlist to submit any additional materials. These applications have already been evaluated by the Admissions Committee; newly submitted materials will not be reviewed unless requested by the Committee.
Deferring Your Offer
Master of International Affairs or Master of Public Affairs candidates may submit a request to defer enrollment for one semester or one year with the permission of the Admissions Committee. Generally, requests are granted only for very compelling reasons. Reasons the Admissions Committee may consider include medical or family emergencies, or extraordinary professional opportunities. The Committee does not consider requests from candidates who wish to postpone their enrollment at SIPA in order to attend another academic program prior to enrolling at SIPA, or requests based solely on financial considerations. The Admissions Committee may ask for documentation to support the deferment request (i.e. letter from employer confirming extraordinary professional opportunity).
The following candidates are NOT eligible for deferment:
- MPA-ESP candidates
- MPA-DP candidates
- MIA or MPA candidates admitted from the waitlist
- MIA or MPA candidates admitted for spring
In order to be considered for deferral, accepted applicants must follow a few steps:
- Accept Offer of Admission and Pay Enrollment Deposit: This must be done before any request for deferral can be considered.
- Contact Admissions: Email the Admissions Committee at [email protected] outlining their reasons for seeking a deferral. The request will be brought before the Admissions Committee for deliberation. You will be required to submit a deferral request form and this will be brought before the committee for deliberation.
- Pay Deferral Fee: If approved, a $1,000 USD deferral deposit is required to secure a space in a future term. The deferral deposit fee of $1,000 USD will be added to the enrollment deposit fee for a total deposit of $3,000 USD. If the deferral request is approved, the $3,000 USD combination of nonrefundable enrollment and deferral deposit is credited to the student's account and will count toward tuition if the student enrolls at the expected time.
The deposit will be applicable only for the agreed upon matriculation date and will not be returned to the applicant under any circumstances. If the candidate does not enroll for the term agreed upon, the admission offer and deposits are forfeited.
The deferral deposit will not be waived or reduced. These policies are very strictly enforced, students who cannot enroll within 12 months should consider reapplying for the semester in which they wish to enroll. The only candidates who should consider a deferral are those who are absolutely certain that they can guarantee their enrollment in a specific future semester and who are willing to risk losing the $3,000 total deposit if their plans change.
- Consider Reapplication if Necessary: The Admissions Committee looks very favorably upon reapplications from candidates who were previously offered admission, and although there is no guarantee of readmission, the likelihood is strong. For information on the reapplication process, please see information here.