Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs

The School of International and Public Affairs is a graduate professional school established in 1946 for the purpose of training students for careers in such fields as international business and banking, government service, international organizations, and journalism. The School has an active placement program that is constantly seeking the best opportunities for its graduates.

The Community
At SIPA, a major university connects with the nation's largest city, and with economic and political networks that span the globe. From the 15th floor of our building, a look southward-toward the United Nations, City Hall and Wall Street-reveals the financial, corporate and communications capital of the world. New York City's educational and cultural opportunities are unparalleled in their scope and diversity, as are its professional options. 

The Program's student body consists of 300 degree candidates in each class. Approximately 40 percent of the students are international scholars, and about 52 percent are women. 

Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
Masters of International Affairs: The MIA curriculum has been designed to develop international affairs experts, consultants, and executive who understand the increasingly complex issues that transcend national boundaries. The core curriculum covers covers the essential tools of international politics, economics, policy analysis and management. Students also choose a concentration from fields including Economic and Political Development (EPD), Environmental Policy Studies (EPS), Human Rights (HR), International Economic Policy (IEP), International Energy Management (IEMP), International Finance and Business (IFB), International Media and Communications (IMC), International Security Policy (ISP), Science and Technology Policy, Institute of African Studies, East Asian Institute, Institute for the study of Europe, Institute of Latin American Studies, Southern Asia Institute, Harriman Institute (Russia & the former Soviet states)

Masters of Public Administration: The MPA curriculum, who its strong emphasis on applying analytic tools to real-world issues, is designed to provide students with the means to solve problems and implement change. The MPA program qualifies graduates for positions requiring analytical and management skills and depth in an analytical or substantive policy area-capabilities that become more critical as public policy problems become larger and more complex. Professionals with training in policy analysis are able to break down highly complex problems into more manageable issues, specify the objectives to be achieved, coordinate the contributions of specialized technicians into productive policy alternatives, and implement cost-effective programs. Core curriculum courses, which will comprise most of your course work during your first two semesters at SIPA's MPA program, cover public management skills, microeconomics and policy analysis, and quantitative techniques for analyzing public policy and management issues. Concentration choices include Advanced Mangement, Advanced Policy Analysis, Education Policy, Environemental Policy, Gender and Public Policy, Science and Technology Policy, Social Services, Welfare and Urban Policy, Idividually Designed Concentrations.

Program in Economic Policy and Management and the Executive Masters of Public Administration are degree programs for students who have established substantial, extended professional experience in these fields. Please consult for further information.

SIPA participates in cross-registration and joint degree programs with the Graduate School of Business, the School of Law, the School of Public Health, the Gradaute School of Journalism, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Facilities and Resources
The International Affairs Building contains Lehman Library, which holds 265,000 volumes, including virtually all significant American and international publications in foreign relations, foreign policy, and the areas covered by the Regional Institutes. The Lehman Library is part of the University library system, with holdings in excess of 6 million volumes. 

Associated with the School are the Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Earth Policy Center, Center for Urban Policy, International Conflict Resolution Program, and the United Nations Studies Program. Scholars from all parts of the world are invited to study and participate in the institutes' activities and, while in residence, to teach courses. 

Expenses and Aid
Tuition and fees are $35,490. Additional expenses for the academic year, including housing in New York City and books, are approximately $14,800.

The School offers a number of fellowships ranging up to $36,000 last year. Students are also encouraged to apply for outside fellowships. Long-term loans at low interest rates are available for tuition and fees. 

How to Apply
A bachelor's degree or the equivalent, with undergraduate work in at least one foreign language, is required. The deadline for admissions and scholarship consideration is January 5. For admission alone, March 15. The Spring application deadline is November 1. There are no fellowships awarded to Spring admits. 

Who to Contact
For more information, request materials online at
or write
Office of Admissions 
420 West 118th Street, Room 408 
School of International & Public Affairs, mc 3325 
Columbia University 
New York, New York 10027 
Tel: (212) 854-6216 
Fax: (212) 854-3010 

The Faculty
The world of public policy and international affairs is changing rapidly and requires a diverse set of expertise and talent. At SIPA, a distinguished core of SIPA-based faculty and practitioner-scholars join with colleagues from throughout Columbia University, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Journalism, Teachers College, the School of Law, and the Graduate School of Business.

SIPA has over 30 full time faculty ranging from traditional academic professors to Practitioner Professors such as former Mayor David Dinkins, former Ambassador Warren Zimmerman and former Deputy Assistant Trade Representative Merit Janow. In addition to these full time practitioner professors, we have over 70 part time adjunct faculty members who are currently working "downtown" as full time practitioners. By hiring part time practitioner adjuncts, we take advantage of our location in New York City. New York is the global center of finance, communication and management. Some of the people who work in and run those enterprises teach here. We take advantage of our location in NYC by recruiting talented practitioners to teach some of our more applied courses. 

The Faculty of International and Public Affairs:
J. Lawrence Asher, Fred C. Abrahams, Braden R. Allenby, Paul Anderer, Lisa Anderson, Howard N. Apsan, David A. Baldwin, Thomas Banker, Melanie Barrett, Andrea Bartoli, Edward Beliaev, Robert L. Belknap, J. Bowyer Bell, Thomas Paul Bernstein, Richard K. Betts, Jagdish N. Bhagwati, George Bond, Ruth Borgman, Lee Bowes, Shella A. Brenner, John J. Bresnan, Alan Brinkley, Benjamin R. H. Broadbent, Lawrence D. Brown, Coralie Bryant, Lee Buchheit, Richard Williams Bulliet, Charles W. Calomiris, Stephen Cameron, Noel Capon, Demetrios Caraley, Douglas A. Chalmers, William J. Chang, Pamela S. Chasek, Shubam Chaudhuri, Graciela Chichilnisky, Richard H. Clarida, Joel Cohen, Myron L. Cohen, Steven A. Cohen, Lambros Comitas, Robert L. Crain, Sam Y. Cross, Michael M. Crow, Consuelo Cruz, Gerald L. Curtis, Lori Fisler Damrosch, E. Valentine Daniel, Andrew Danzig, Istvan Deak, Hans W. Decker, Nancy Degnan, Rajeev H.Dehejia, Padma Desai, David Norman Dinkins, David Leonard Downie, Melvin J. Dubnick, R. Randle Edwards, William B. Eimicke, Robin Ely, Richard E. Ericson, Willie Lewis Evans, Ronald E. Findlay, Ester Fuchs, Irwin Garfinkel, Sherry A. M. Glied, Carol Gluck, Adela Gondek, Mark C. Gordon, Carol C. Gould, Frank P. Grad, Sigurd Grava, Linda Buckley Green, George Gruen, Charles V. Hamilton, John Stratton Hawley, Patrick Heller, Louis Henkin, Alan G. Hevesi, Steven Heydemann, Robert J. Hodrick, Raymond D. Horton, Todd L. Idson, Hiroshi Ishida, Rounaq Jahan, Merit Janow, Robert Jervis, Donald H. Johnston, Peter Henry Juviler, Matthew E. Kahn, Sheila B. Kamerman, Ira Katznelson, Mark J. Kesselman, Herbert S. Klein, Thomas Lansner, Gari K. Ledyard, Robert Legvold, Steven M. Levine, Robin J. Lewis, Robert C. Lieberman, Arvid Lukauskas, Harpreet Mahajan, Edward Malefakis, Dale Mann, Manning Marable, Peter Marber, Peter Marcuse, Stephen Marks, J. Paul Martin, Anthony Marx, Walter Mattli, Mohamed Mbodj, Lionel McIntyre, Joseph Mehan, Don J. Melnick, Marcia K. Meyers, John Micgiel, Frank J. Miller, John T. Miller, Helen V. Milner, Kathleen Molz, David Morey, Katharine A. Morgan, Alexander J. Motyl, Robert Mundell, Andrew J. Nathan, Richard R. Nelson, Stephanie G. Neuman, Eli Michael Noam, Ralph da Costa Nunez, Seamus O'Cleireacain, Brendan O'Flaherty, Sharyn O'Halloran, Michael O'Hanlon, L. Patrick Oden, Hugh T. Patrick, Robert O. Paxton, Roberto Perotti, Alexander Pfaff, Edmund Phelps, Salvatore Pitruzzello, Lawrence G. Potter, Frances Pritchett, David M. Raddock, B. G. Ramcharan, Arati Rao, Anne Reisinger, Theodore Riccardi, Jr., Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Hasan Askari Rizvi, Cynthia A. Roberts, Tina Rosenberg, Glenda Rosenthal, David J. Rothkopf, Joseph Rothschild, Gary Rubin, Joseph Rubin, John Gerard Ruggie, Mary Ruggie, Lynne B. Sagalyn, Sayre P. Schatz, Oscar Schachter, Warner R. Schilling, Elliott D. Sclar, Donald Sexton, Jean-Francois Seznec, Robert Y. Shapiro, Mark R. Shulman, Gary Sick, Leon V. Sigal, Allan Silver, Reeva Simon, H. James Simpson, Peter Sinnott, Elliott Percival Skinner, Henry D. Smith II, Jack Snyder, Steven Solnick, Seymour Spilerman, Herbert F. Spirer, Hendrik Spruyt, David Stark, George Stephanopoulos, Anders Stephanson, Fritz Stern, Peter L. Strauss, J. Phillip Thompson, Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier, Mark L. von Hagen, Jane Waldfogel, Naomi Weinberger, Stanislaw H. Wellisz, Paula Wilson, Isser Woloch, Marcia Wright, Michael Young, Madeleine Zelin, Warren Zimmerman.

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