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Master of International Affairs

Master of International Affairs

Deadlines: Spring Term 2023

Final Application: October 15, 2022

Deadlines: Fall Term 2023

Early Action: November 1, 2022
Fellowship Consideration: December 20, 2022
Final Application: February 5, 2023

Program Length

21 Months

Degree Awarded

MIA

STEM-DESIGNATED

Selected pathways

Address the big issues of international affairs with your MIA.

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.

The MIA includes selected STEM-designated pathways

The degree 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.

Professor Stephen Biddle

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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MIA/MPA Concentrations & Specializations

Beyond the designated core curriculum, two-year MIA and MPA students must complete the requirements for one of six policy concentrations and a specialization focused on a particular skill or area of knowledge. 

MPA in Development Practice students can choose up to two specializations (not required).

Dual Degree Options

    • 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)

    Learn More About MIA Dual Degree Programs »

    • Berlin: the Hertie School - Master of Public Policy or Master of International Affairs
    • London: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - Master of Public Administration
    • Paris: School of International Affairs at Sciences Po - Master of International Affairs  and  School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po - Master of Public Administration
    • São Paulo: Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV-EAESP)
    • Singapore: the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore - Master of Public Policy
    • Tokyo: University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) - Master of Public Policy

    Learn More About International Dual Degree Programs »

A Capstone Workshop is a live consulting project with an external client outside of SIPA. Each workshop partners a team of about 6 graduate students with a faculty advisor.

Employment Statistics

91.2%

Employed / Pursuing Further Study

8.0%

Seeking Employment

0.8%

Not Seeking Employment

Employment information as reported by the graduates six months after graduation. In 2021, 163 students graduated from the MIA program, 125 reported.

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