MPA in Global Leadership
Master of Public Administration in Global Leadership
The program starts at the end of July
The application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open.
Early Action Deadline: November 1, 2023
Regular Deadline With Scholarship Consideration Due: December 20, 2023
Final Application Due: February 15, 2024
Enhance your global perspective with our new MPA for mid-career leaders.
Leadership with impact requires strategic thinking, an understanding of critical global issues, and a dash of courage. From the local community to the national or international arena, contemporary problems reflect a variety of forces at work; solutions must do the same.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Leadership helps prepare experienced professionals to tackle global challenges and make a difference. It’s a 10-month, full-time program for leaders with more than 10 years of experience who seek the skills to keep growing in their careers, enhance their leadership capacity, and create greater impact.
Join a cohort of leaders — in business, international and domestic public affairs, and the nonprofit sector — striving for meaningful change. You’ll become part of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) community at Columbia University, a place that fosters some of the world’s boldest thinkers and doers.
Meet and learn from global leaders. Customize and design your curriculum. Build lifelong relationships. Experience New York City.
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 program provides you with the policy expertise, analytical skills, and strategic thinking to advance your career, expertise, and impact. You’ll receive tailored advice from the faculty program director to help align your studies with your career objectives and personal interests
You begin the program with a six-week (6-credit) immersion experience during late July and August, focused on major global policy issues and the strategies to address them.
The summer session includes private sessions with SIPA’s faculty as well as cohort-building activities. It’s an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of economics and quantitative analysis, enhance your leadership and management skills, and individually craft your educational plans for the remaining two semesters.
Fall & Spring Semesters
You are required to complete at least 12 credits in both Fall and Spring semesters, drawing from nearly 450 courses offered every year at SIPA, as well as courses throughout Columbia University. Depending on your educational interests, you will select at least one 3-credit course from one of the following categories: 1) Economics and Quantitative Analysis; 2) Management and Leadership; 3) Policy Foundations.
In addition, you’ll be part of a unique 3-credit workshop each semester on policy leadership that introduces you to global leaders in the public and private sectors.
FALL Integrative Seminar I on Global Policy Leadership 3 credits Individualized course of study from SIPA courses and eligible courses elsewhere in Columbia University Minimum of 12 credits SPRING Integrative Seminar II on Global Policy Leadership 3 credits Individualized course of study from SIPA courses and eligible courses elsewhere in Columbia University Minimum of 12 credits
This 10-month degree program is designed for leaders with an average of 10 to 15 years of experience who seek to deepen their knowledge of specific global policy issues, strengthen analytical and leadership skills, and expand their professional networks.
- Personal statement / Essay questions
- Professional résumé / CV
- Two recommendations (a third one is optional) from individuals in professional and academic settings who know you well and can provide insight on your qualifications for the program
- Academic transcripts (undergraduate and beyond)
- GRE or GMAT scores (optional)
- Evidence of fluency in English if it’s not your native language. See more details in the FAQs.
- Application fee: $95
- Online Video Response. This video of your response to a random question, generated by the SIPA Admissions office, helps us to assess your English language skills. It is not meant to measure your expertise in global policy issues.
By invitation only. The admissions committee will conduct interviews with selected applicants via Zoom.
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Summer Program 2023 July 24 Monday First Day of Classes. Summer Term September 1 Friday Summer Term ends Fall Term 2023 September 4 Monday Labor Day. University Holiday September 5 Tuesday First Day of Fall Term November 6 Monday Academic Holiday. No classes November 7 Tuesday Election Day. University Holiday November 22 Wednesday Academic Holiday. No classes November 23-24 Thursday-Friday Thanksgiving. University Holiday December 11 Monday Last Day of Classes December 22 Friday Fall Term ends Spring Term 2024 January 15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed. University Holiday January 16 Tuesday First Day of Classes. Spring Term March 18-22 Monday-Friday Spring Recess May 6 Monday Last Day of Classes May 22 Wednesday Commencement. Graduation Day
Ready to Apply?
SIPA’s MPA-GL is a participating program in JJWBGSP. A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Assistant Director, MPA in Global Leadership
If you have specific questions about the MPA in Global Leadership program or admissions process, sign up for one 30-minute virtual appointment to speak with our Assistant Director.