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Master of International Affairs (MIA)

The MIA curriculum develops international affairs professionals who understand complex transnational issues and can manage real-world organizations.

The MIA core includes courses on international issues and requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. It also requires an internship, usually performed during the summer after the first year of course work, and a Capstone workshop to provide hands-on experience in real-life assignments for diverse organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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The MIA requires 54 credits and (generally) four semesters of full-time enrollment. These requirements provide students with qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, substantive knowledge of a policy concentration, demonstrated foreign language ability, and the hands-on management skills required by leaders in the major fields of international affairs.
At SIPA, a distinguished core faculty of practitioners and scholars join with colleagues from across 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. Their combined strength allows SIPA to offer programs unsurpassed in range and flexibility. It is a case study in institutional synergy.
Students graduating with a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree pursue varied careers. Recent alumni work with the Turkish Government, the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, the World Bank, McKinsey and Company, Deutsche Bank, ABC, Proctor and Gamble, The Conservation Fund, Open Society Institute, Population Services International, Japan Society, and Community Counseling Service and Horn Relief in Africa, in addition to many other organizations.
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All two-year MIA and MPA students choose one specialization (similar to a minor) consisting of three courses (9 points) focused on a skill or area of specialized knowledge to complement their policy concentration.
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Columbia Dual Degree Programs
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International Dual Degrees
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