SIPA students may take advantage of a broad range of dual degree programs, both within Columbia University and with partnering Universities around the world. See below for more information on programs within Columbia University. 

Alternatively, see here for information on International Dual Degree programs with partner schools in the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).

Most Columbia dual degree programs provide flexibility in enrollment plans from one year or semester to another. But students should be aware that SIPA funding is only available for those semesters which you are attending SIPA, it cannot under any circumstances be used at other schools at Columbia. While enrolled at Columbia, your financial aid eligibility, including any combination of scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, student loans or Work Study, will be determined by the school that you are attending that semester. Students enrolled in dual degree programs are just as eligible to apply for SIPA funding as are non-dual degree students. While you are enrolled at the other school, please make sure you are aware of applicable deadlines and procedures at SIPA.

Drawing on the resources of Columbia University, SIPA offers a number of dual degree programs with other Columbia schools. 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.

SIPA currently has eleven dual Master's degree programs with the following schools:

Admissions

Applications for admission must be filed separately to each school as admissions decisions are made independently. There is no special consideration for students applying to two schools at Columbia University. Students are considered dual degree students only after being admitted into two separate schools with a recognized dual degree program at Columbia University. Applicants may apply simultaneously to two separate schools at Columbia. If admitted to both schools, a deferment must be requested at one of the two schools. Admitted students who do not begin their combined program at SIPA should send the acceptance form (without the deposit) and a request for a deferral to the SIPA Admissions Office. Applicants may also enroll in one school first, and then apply to another school at a later date. Students must, however, apply to the second school prior to completing half the course work of the first school.

Students interested in pursuing any of the Columbia dual degrees listed above should contact the Admission Offices of each respective school and that school's specific Dual Degree liaison.  Contacts and relevant URLs are embedded in the links below. 

Students interested in applying to SIPA should contact the SIPA Admissions Office for admissions-related questions. Current SIPA students or applicants to SIPA who want to know how the dual degree works in general and on the SIPA side in particular should consult the Columbia Dual Degree FAQ below. If you have additional questions you can contact Dean Stefan Brown.

The dual degree programs offered by SIPA and other Columbia schools, and the degrees they confer, are listed below.

MIA Dual Degrees

MIA and Master of Science in Journalism (MS)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA  
Chanel Roche | Journalism School

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 30 SIPA credits and 37 Journalism credits - 67 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 2 semesters at SIPA and 2 semesters at Journalism - 4 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the School of Journalism dual degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U 6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Master of Science in Urban Planning (MS)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA  
Danielle Smoller | Urban Planning

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 45 SIPA credits and 45 Urban Planning credits - 90 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 3 semesters at Urban Planning - 6 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For Urban Planning degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia


Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
CBS Admissions | Business School

requirements

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits and 45 Business School credits - 90 credits total
  • Minimum Residency Requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 3 semesters at Business School - 6 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about Columbia Business School degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring

 

Note: The core Business School economics sequence, B6005/6006, satisfies the SIPA Economics I and II requirements.

Quantitative Analysis

SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I

Note: The core Business School course B6100 satisfies this requirement.

3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring

Management

Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Note: B5101 Organizational Change, B6703 Leadership Development and B6701 Strategy Formulation all satisfy the SIPA Management requirement.

Financial Management

Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Note: The core Business School course B6013 meets the SIPA Financial Management Requirement.
Professional Development

SIPA U4040 Professional Development

.5 Fall
Note: Dual degree students who begin at the Business School and take the professional development sessions offered by its Office of Career Services are exempt from this requirement.
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring

Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.

Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia


Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Juris Doctor (JD)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Jordana Confino | Law School

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 30 SIPA credits and 83 Law School credits - 103 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 2 semesters at SIPA and 6 semesters at the Law School - 8 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about Columbia Law School degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis  SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Spring
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Managemen Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development  .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring

Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.

Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia


Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Master of Public Health (MPH)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Lillian Morales | Associate Director - Academic Records and Standards | Public Health

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 36 SIPA credits and 39 Public Health credits (32 of which must be completed while in residence at Public Health) - 75 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 2 consecutive semesters at MPH (Fall and Spring) - 5 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the Mailmain School of Public Health degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia
     

Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Meghan McCarter | Program Coordinator | QMSS

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 37 SIPA credits and 30 QMSS credits - 67 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 2 semesters at QMSS - 5 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement, 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3

Fall or Spring

Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.

Capstone Workshop

Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia
     

Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, Elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

MIA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA 
Karma Lowe  | Social Work

requirements

  • Credit Requirements: 45 SIPA credits and 45-51* Social Work credits - 90-96 credit total
    * The number of credits required at social work are between 45 and 51, depending on the student’s chosen method concentration area.
  • Minimum Residency Requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 3 semesters at Social Work - 6 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis

SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I

3 Fall or Spring
Note: SOCW T6009 Advanced Research Methods fulfills this requirement.
Foundations INAF U6800/U6804 Conceptual Foundations 4 Fall
Interstate Relations A number of courses (listed in the SIPA Course Directory) may meet this requirement. 3 Fall or Spring
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations    
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
IPA SU6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring

Note: SOCW T7125 Financial Management for Social Work can count towards this requirement.

Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5- 3 Fall or Spring
Note: An internship obtained through the School of Social Work can be counted toward this requirement.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring
Foreign Language Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia


Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree credits.

 

MPA Dual Degrees

MPA and Juris Doctor (JD)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Jordana Confino | Law School

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 30 SIPA credits and 83 Law School credits - 103 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 5 semesters at the Law School - 8 semesters total
     

SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about Columbia Law School degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies
PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Compartive Perspectives
4 Fall
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U 6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master of Public Health (MPH)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Lillian Morales | Associate Director - Academic Records and Standards | Public Health

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 36 SIPA credits and 39 Public Health credits (32 of which must be completed while in residence at Public Health) - 75 credits total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA, 2 consecutive semesters at MPH (Fall and Spring) - 5 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below.  For information about the Mailman School of Public Health degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Note: P6030 Methods for Research Design and Evaluation fulfills the SIPA Quantitative Analysis requirement.
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies
PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives
4 Fall
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Note: PUBH P6080 Leadership and Innovation (3 credits) fulfills the SIPA Management requirement. PUBH P6080 (1.5 credits) does not fulfill the SIPA Management requirement.
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Note: HPMN P6529 Healthcare Finance and HPMN P8558 Strategic Management fulfill the SIPA Financial Management requirement.
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: An internship obtained through the School of Public Health can be counted toward this requirement.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Meghan McCarter | Program Coordinator | QMSS

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 37 SIPA credits and 30 QMSS credits - 67 credit total
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 2 semesters at QMSS - 5 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) degree requirements, click here.

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I 3 Fall or Spring
Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies
PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives
4 Fall
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring
Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship SIPA U9013 Internship 1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring

MPA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Contacts

Stefan Brown | Senior Assistant Dean | SIPA
Karma Lowe | Social Work

requirements

  • Credit requirements: 45 SIPA credits and 45-51* Social Work credits - 90-96 credits total
    * The number of credits required at Social Work are between 45 and 51, depending on the student’s chosen method concentration area.
  • Minimum residency requirements: 3 semesters at SIPA and 3 semesters at Social Work - 6 semesters total


SIPA degree requirements are outlined below. For information about the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree requirements, click here

Requirement Course Credits Semesters Offered
Economics I SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 3 Fall
Economics II SIPA U6301 or SIPA U6401 3 Spring
Quantitative Analysis

SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis I

3 Fall or Spring

Note: SOCW T6009 Advanced Research Methods fulfills this requirement.

Foundations PUAF U6110 Politics of Policymaking - Advanced Democracies
PUAF U6120 Politics of Policymaking - Comparative Perspectives
4 Fall
Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries 3 Fall
SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations 3 Fall
SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders 3 Fall or Spring
SIPA U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3 Spring
SIPA U6011 Management and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 3 Fall
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management 3 Fall or Spring
Financial Management Students may choose from:
SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs 3 Fall or Spring
INAF U6022 Economics of Finance 3 Spring
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 Fall
IPA SU6320 Budgeting for Government 3 Spring

Note: SOCW T7125 Financial Management for Social Work can count towards this requirement.

Professional Development SIPA U4040 Professional Development .5 Fall
Internship

SIPA U9013 Internship

1.5 - 3 Fall or Spring
Note: An internship obtained through the School of Social Work can be counted toward this requirement.
Capstone Workshop Capstone Workshops are often taken in the final semester of study at SIPA. 3 Fall or Spring

 

Five-Year Joint Degrees

SIPA also offers a program for Columbia undergraduate students, a five-year joint degree program, which leads to a BA and an MIA or MPA degree in five years.  Students interested in pursuing the five-year joint degree program should contact Dean Desmond Beirne.

The Five-Year Program at SIPA

MIA/MPA and BA

SIPA's Office of Student Affairs (OSA) manages the School's Five-Year Program.

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.

Students accepted into this combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program take SIPA graduate courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies, in addition to any remaining courses needed to complete their bachelor requirements. During their fifth/last year, students matriculate at SIPA and spend two semesters completing their masters requirements.

Most graduate-level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA or MPA degree, up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing. Students must then complete at least 30 credits (two academic semesters) in residency as SIPA students and meet the overall requirements for the MIA or MPA degree. 

Admissions

The SIPA Five-Year Program is designed for outstanding students who are passionate about and committed to public administration, foreign service or international relations. Prospective students should consider the following:

  • Applicants will have completed most of their requirements for their undergraduate major at the end of their junior year. Most graduate level courses completed as an undergraduate may be applied toward the 54 credits required for the MIA/MPA degree up to a total of 24 credits of advanced standing.
  • Applicants must consult with the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s college to obtain their approval regarding eligibility and confirm they are on-track to complete their bachelor requirements within a year of being admitted to the program. All students who are admitted to the five-year program must have their bachelor degree conferred prior to their first semester in residency at SIPA.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to highlight in their applications whatever background they have in economics, modern languages, political science, statistics, and mathematics.

Interested students must consult with the Dean’s Offices of their colleges to obtain approval regarding eligibility. Once approved to apply to the Five-Year Program, students must complete the online application. The application deadline in early January is the same for Five-Year Program applicants as it is for all other SIPA applicants. However, applicants to the Five-Year Program do not have to take the GRE or pay the application fee. Moreover, admitted students do not need to pay the SIPA deposit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students pay the tuition and fees of the schools in which they are registered each term. SIPA has a flat tuition rate for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits per term. Click here for more information.

Students are granted institutional financial aid by the school in which they are registered each term. Students should follow the procedures and deadlines in each school as they will be different. To plan for optimal aid, students must consult as soon as possible with the financial aid offices at both schools.  

SIPA Teaching Assistantships

Five-Year students may apply for merit-based Teaching Assistantships after completing at least one semester of study at SIPA - the Fall semester of their fourth year. Students must be in good academic standing. Other conditions may also apply.

The SIPA Assistantship application is available online in January. Please see Funding for Current Students.

 


Financial Aid and Fellowships

Financial aid and fellowships information

Note: regarding email addresses - to ensure your application is reviewed in a timely manner, please use the same email address for all communications regarding your application to SIPA. It is suggested that you use an email account that you check frequently or one that is also associated with the examinations you are required to take in order to apply to SIPA (e.g. create an application using the same email address you use for your GRE exam).


Columbia Dual Degree FAQs

what does it mean to be admitted to a dual degree program and what is the process of admission? 

Being a dual degree student means you have been successfully admitted to two programs that participate in a formal Columbia University dual degree arrangement. The formal dual degree arrangement consists of a proposal that has been agreed to by the Committee of Instruction (COI) of both schools, approved the Columbia University Senate, and sanctioned by the State of New York. There are no formal dual degree arrangments that exist outside of this process and ad hoc arrangements are not permitted by SIPA.

who should i contact about the application process?

You must contact the admission office of each participating program or school separately. You must be admitted to each school separately on the basis of your fit for each program. You must follow the timeline and deadlines of each school and meet the admissions requirement of each school. Being admitted to one school or program has no bearing on your separate admission application to another program. If, and only if, you are admitted separately to two schools that have a dual degree arrangement, can you then participate as a dual degree student.

what is the timeline for applying to each program?

Please contact the admission office of each school/program you are interested in. You are bound by the admissions timelines and deadlines of each separate school to which you want to apply.

May students already enrolled in sipa apply to be admitted to the j-term (january/Spring term) in any of THE partner schoolS?

Some schools, like CBS and SIPA, have J-term admissions; others do not. Please contact the admissions office of the school you are interested in.

once i've been admitted to two schools/programs participating in a dual degree arrangement, what should i do?

You will need to make sure that the dual degree liason/advisor for each school has been notified. Each advisor will have to record your status as a dual degree candidate in the separate systems according to each school's process for doing so.

Depending on when you are admitted to any given school and that school's residency requirement (see below), you might have to defer your admission to one school while you meet the residency requirement of the other school.

What does "residency" on "in residence" mean and why is it significant?

Under any dual degree arrangement, a student must register for a minimum number of semesters in each school that participates in that particular dual degree arrangement.  A student cannot register in both schools simultaneously. "Residency"/"in residence" ultimately means to whom you are paying tuition.

How is tuition determined in a dual degree arrangement?

Students pay the tuition and fees required by the school/program in which they are in residence in any given semester. The tuition and fees vary from school to school, so students need to check directly with the schools in which they will be in residence.

Would I complete residency at one school before starting courses at the other? Or, would i take courses in both schools each semester until all requirements are fulfilled?

There are different scenarios and options to weigh when considering your residency sequencing and which courses you will take while in residency at any given school/program. It's important that once you are admitted as a dual degree student (that is, admitted separately to two participating schools/programs) you talk to an advisor in each school to help determine the best residency sequencing and course selections for your individual situation.

I received a scholarship from sipa. will i be able to use it while i am in residence at my partner school?

You will only be able to use your SIPA scholarship while in residence at SIPA. There are no exceptions to this rule.

can i create an ad hoc dual degree with any other school at columbia or with a school outside of columbia university?

Dual degrees at Columbia University are formal arrangements established through a proposal that has been agreed upon by the Committees on Instruction (COI) of two interested schools, approved by the Columbia University Senate, and sanctioned by the State of New York. There are no formal dual degree arrangements that exist outside of this process and ad hoc arrangements are not permitted by SIPA.

how do my degree requirements change (MIA/MPA) change once i have been admitted to a dual degree program?

SIPA students who are admitted to the dual degree program (by being admitted separately to two schools that are a part of a dual degree arrangement) are no longer required to complete a Concentration or Specialization. However, students may elect to fulfill some, all, or part of any concentration if they are so inclined. Reasonable participation in a concentration, while not required, is encouraged and highly recommended.

SIPA students in a dual degree arrangement are obligated to fulfill ALL MIA or MPA core requirements, including the Capstone. Students are also required to fulfill residency requirements (varies according to dual degree arrangement); minimum point/credit requirements (varies according to dual degree arrangement); and earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 while in residence at SIPA.

would i have to choose concentrations/specializations for both degrees? how can i fulfill the requirements for a concentration/specialization at sipa if i am a dual degree candidate?

On the SIPA side, you do not have to choose a concentration or specialization. However, electing a concentration is encouraged. With most of our dual degrees, you can perhaps fulfill all concentration requirements on the SIPA side if you plan well. Talk with your advisor. It's impossible to fulfill concentration requirements in the dual degree with the School of Journalism.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding concentration requirements in a SIPA partner school/program, please check directly with that school/program.

May i pursue the dual degree if i am an mpa candidate?

Yes, with the notable exceptions of Columbia Business School, School of Journalism, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. You cannot do a dual degree as an MPA candidate with these schools. The reasons are historical.

how should i go about fulfilling the foreign language requirement for the mia degree?

The foreign language requirement is a core requirement of the MIA and may be met in any of three ways:

  1. As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language
  2. By passing a language proficiency test
  3. By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II language course at Columbia

How and when are degrees conferred in a dual degree arrangement?

In a dual degree arrangement, both degrees of the participating schools/programs must be conferred simultaneously. That is, the degree for one school cannot be conferred before the degree for the other school even if the requirements for one school has been completed. The requirements for the degrees of both programs must be completed before any degree is conferred.