A SIPA Education
Preparing to lead in a world in flux
With rigorous and innovative course offerings, hands-on experiences, and chances to learn with expert faculty, campus visitors, and students from all over the world, SIPA offers future change leaders a springboard second to none.
Teaching and Learning at SIPA
How do you move from theory to practice? Good policy is grounded in facts, and policymaking requires knowledge and savvy to get things done. Our full-time and adjunct faculty comprises nearly 300 distinguished scholars and practitioners who will share expertise and lessons from their wide-ranging careers.
At the heart of SIPA, our master’s degree programs educate students to serve and to lead in support of the global public interest.
Explore Master’s Degrees
- Master of International Affairs
- Master of Public Administration
- MPA in Development Practice
- MPA in Economic Policy Management
- MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
- MPA in Global Leadership
- Executive MPA
Master of International Affairs
The Master of International Affairs (MIA), which includes selected STEM-designated pathways, is underpinned by SIPA’s unrivaled expertise on issues that transcend national boundaries and prepares students to address major international issues as experts and leaders in governments and organizations around the world.
Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA), which includes selected STEM-designated pathways, emphasizes a comparative approach to domestic policy and prepares students to address major national policy issues and manage organizations in the US and other countries around the world.
MPA in Development Practice
The 21-month MPA-DP is a STEM-designated, practice-oriented professional advancement degree program where you will acquire the knowledge, and build the skills, experience, and networks to make a just and sustainable world.
MPA in Economic Policy Management
The MPA-EPM, a STEM-designated degree program , provides leading policymakers and professionals with the skills to effectively design and implement economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing countries.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
The MPA-ESP, a STEM-designated degree program, prepares students to become sustainability professionals in government, business, and the nonprofit sector.
MPA in Global Leadership
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Leadership is a 10-month, full-time program for mid-career professionals who seek the skills to keep growing in their careers, enhance their leadership capacity, and create greater impact.
The Executive MPA (EMPA) positions mid-career professionals to advance their careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors without sacrificing work and life commitments.
Building on longstanding strengths in sustainability, environmental and energy policy, economics, and data analytics, SIPA has several programs that are STEM-designated, which 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.
PhD in Sustainable Development
The PhD in Sustainable Development creates scholars and professionals equipped to deal with some of the world’s most crucial problems.
Columbia Dual Degree Programs
Students in these programs gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives in fields other than International and Public Affairs. Each dual degree program leads to the award of two degrees in less time than if the two degrees were pursued separately.
International Dual Degrees
The international dual degree at SIPA, under the auspices of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), provides students the opportunity to pursue two degrees, at two different Universities on two continents in two years, giving students the opportunity for a truly global perspective.
Five-Year Joint Degrees
Earn a BA and an MIA or MPA degree in five years.
The Dual Degree Program with Columbia College, the School of Engineering, Barnard, and the School of General Studies gives exceptional students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in just five years.
The Picker Center for Executive Education offers degrees, certificates, and customized courses for mid-career professionals and public servants from around the world.
The International Fellows Program is a two-semester seminar open to students of all graduate degree programs at Columbia. The curriculum is supplemented with study trips to Washington, D.C., and the United Nations.
SIPA students gain experience by working on a real-world problem, providing clients with innovative analysis and practical recommendations.
At SIPA, a distinguished core faculty of practitioners and scholars join with colleagues from throughout Columbia—a combined strength that allows SIPA to offer programs unsurpassed in range and flexibility.