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Master of International Affairs
The MIA develops international affairs professionals, who understand the increasingly complex issues that transcend national boundaries.
Master of Public Administration
The MPA emphasizes applying analytic tools to real world issues. Courses on the vast international resources of SIPA to address local and national level policy issues in a comparative and international context.
Program in Economic Policy Management
The Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) is a 14-month master's degree program that provides promising mid-career policymakers with the skills to effectively design and implement economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing countries.
Executive Master of Public Administration
The Executive Master of Public Policy and Administration (EMPA) program is designed for the experienced and ambitious professional who is looking for a superior and practical graduate program but cannot take the time out to pursue full-time study. The program trains professionals to be competent and sophisticated public managers by incorporating broad questions of public affairs and the specific analytical, managerial, and communication skills of management and policy analysis into its curriculum. Our graduates are equipped to pursue careers in local, state, and federal government, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations and banks that deal with today's public policy issues.
The Global Executive Master of Public Administration
Our Global Executive Master of Public Administration (Global EMPA) program allows students to continue serving in government, non-profit, and private sectors while receiving a Columbia University education through our innovative, blended learning model.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy combines Columbia University's hands on approach to teaching public policy and administration with pioneering thinking about the environment. Graduates of the program are prepared for leadership positions in local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as in nonprofit organizations and the environmental divisions of private corporations. They are well suited for the roles of analyst, manager, and translator of scientific knowledge and for designing cost-effective programs and implementing policies.
MPA in Development Practice
The twenty-two month MPA degree in Development Practice is designed to train aspiring practitioners to understand and manage approaches to sustainable development challenges. This rigorous cross-disciplinary, academic program emphasizes the development of critical knowledge, skills and attributes of an effective professional in developing societies.
PhD in Sustainable Development
By combining a traditional graduate education in social science, particularly economics, with training in the natural sciences, the PhD in Sustainable Development prepares graduates to undertake serious research and policy assessments with the goal of sustainable development. The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements with the flexibility to pursue in-depth research.
Executive Education
The Picker Center hosts many non-degree programs covering a wide range of topics and serving very diverse constituencies.