MPA in Development Practice
MPA in Development Practice
DEADLINES: FALL TERM 2023
November 1, 2022
December 20, 2022
February 5, 2023
Acquire the knowledge, and build the skills, experience, and networks, to make the world a better place.
The 21-month MPA-DP, a STEM-designated degree program, is a practice-oriented, professional advancement degree where you will acquire the knowledge, and build the skills, experience, and networks, to make the world a better place. Our objective is to empower and support you through a combination of core and elective courses, skills development, and real-world practice. We support diverse, work-experience opportunities during the program, including a 3-month professional placement, a client-oriented, team capstone project, and internships. Upon graduation, you will be ready to apply these competencies with leading organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors or create your own enterprise, as many of our students have done.
In Columbia SIPA's MPA-DP program, you’ll broaden your perspectives and deepen your skills and knowledge, taking your purpose local, national, and global.
Manage public policy processes and programs that advance sustainable development—from the grassroots to the nationwide and every level in between.
Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of leadership techniques and mastery of strategic planning.
Analyze, synthesize, and otherwise think critically to execute evidence-based decisions via intersectoral approaches.
Graduates will be able to apply economic tools to policy and management problems.
Articulate and apply a sustainable development framework in a contextually appropriate manner.
Graduates will understand critical development sectors and cross-cutting issues.
Communicate, engage, and partner effectively with diverse stakeholders in civil society, the private sector, and at public agencies.
Graduates will communicate effectively through written memos and reports, data visualization, and tailored, concise oral presentations.
In addition to SIPA’s general admission requirements, the MPA-DP program requires the following:
- A minimum of 2 years work experience (preferably)
- A passion for Domestic and/or International Development
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Students must complete a minimum of 54 points to be considered for graduation. Including,
- 30.5 points in the core curriculum
- A minimum of 15 points in the Sustainable Development Focus Areas
- And any additional elective courses, as needed, to meet the minimum 54 points
Students must complete 15 credits of any combination of courses from Sustainable Development Focus Areas. Focus Areas are not formal designations (like MIA/MPA concentrations) or required, but rather a way of organizing elective options since MPA-DP does not have concentrations. Focus areas are thematic niches around which students may opt to develop specific expertise.
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