STEM Designation Will Now Apply to Selected EPD Degrees

Posted May 15 2022

SIPA announced that it has secured STEM designation in the field of Sustainability Studies for MIA and MPA degree recipients who concentrate in Economic and Political Development (EPD) with a specialization in Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis (DAQA). The designation will also apply retroactively to qualifying degree recipients who first matriculated between Fall 2020 and January 2022.

STEM designation conveys recognition as a science, engineering, or math-intensive program, and it qualifies graduates who are on F-1 student visas to apply for up to three years of practical training through work experience in the United States after finishing their degree. In comparison, international students who graduate from non-STEM programs are eligible for only one year of practical training after graduation.

The combination of EPD and DAQA becomes SIPA's sixth STEM-designated course of study. The School's STEM offerings were significantly expanded in mid-2021, growing from one offering to five.

“Securing STEM designation for these... programs means that, going forward, nearly half of SIPA graduates will specialize in critical, multidisciplinary fields in science and economics that are needed to address the most pressing problems of the 21st century,” then Dean Merit E. Janow said at the time, in August 2021. “In addition, the enhanced opportunity for postgraduate, on-the-job training in the United States further advances SIPA’s longstanding commitment to prepare young leaders from around the world to address the most challenging global policy issues—both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Columbia University has a rigorous vetting process to determine which academic programs are STEM-designated, according to the Department of Education’s classification system.

As of May 2022, STEM-recognized programs at SIPA include the following:

No other program or combination has been authorized at this time.

For more information: SIPA Bulletin | STEM Policies

SIPA News: SIPA Expands Stem Programs [posted August 10, 2021; updated September 23, 2021]