Master of Public Administration (MPA)
The MPA curriculum has been designed to develop public affairs professionals, who understand the increasingly complex issues shaping local and national level policies and projects and who have the analytical and managerial skills to apply their knowledge to real world situations. Although the students and faculty in the MPA program focus on local and national projects, they do so in a global context, drawing on the international strengths of SIPA. MPA students and faculty come from around the world, with international students constituting more than 50% of the student body. They work on a variety of local and national issues, ranging from economic development in Kazakhstan, to environmental issues in Japan, to municipal bond ratings or city management in New York. Corresponding to the career interests of MPA students, this curriculum draws on the vast international resources of SIPA, Columbia and the Global Public Policy Network to address a wide variety of local and national level policy issues in a rapidly globalizing context.