Most likely, no. Course exemptions are only granted to students who obtain advanced standing based on previous academic work or pass a proficiency test.
The Master of Public Administration is designed to develop public affairs professionals who understand the increasingly complex issues shaping local and national policies, and who have the analytical and managerial skills to apply their knowledge to real world situations.
Students and faculty in the MPA program focus on local and national projects in a global context, drawing on the international strengths of SIPA. Students address 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.
The MPA program is best suited for young professionals holding a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or substantive internship experience.
With an MPA degree, you’ll acquire concrete skills to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. You can develop a career in business, consulting, financial services, energy, and media/communications firms, as well as in development, human rights, think tanks, foundations, advocacy and environmental organizations, and federal, state, local, and foreign governments.
The MPA program’s core curriculum includes graduate-level coursework in economics, statistics, the politics of policymaking, and management. You will take a two-semester course in economics, one course on politics, and one-semester courses in statistics, management, and financial management. Learn more about the MIA course structure here.
In addition to SIPA’s general admission requirements, the MPA program requires the following:
- Strong background in economics
- Quantitative skills, including statistics
- 3–5 years of work experience
- Economic and Political Development
- Energy and Environment
- Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy
- International Finance and Economic Policy
- International and Security Policy
- Urban and Social Policy
All students are required to register full-time as many required courses are only offered during the day.
Dual-Degree Programs with other columbia schools
- MPA and Juris Doctor (JD)
- MPA and Master of Public Health (MPH)
- MPA and Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (MA)
- MPA and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)
Dual-Degree Programs with international partners
- London: the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - Master of Public Administration
- Singapore: the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore - Master of Public Policy
- Berlin: the Hertie School of Governance - Master of Public Policy or Master of International Affairs
- São Paulo: Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV-EAESP)
- Tokyo: University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) - Master of Public Policy
Detailed instructions on these requirements may be found in the Application Portal or by browsing the Admissions Blog.
- Personal Statement, Short Essay, and/or Optional Essay
- Video Essay
- Standard Resume/CV
- Quantitative & Language Resume/CV
- Letters of Recommendation (2 required; 1 optional)
- Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and beyond)
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international students only)
- Optional Fellowship Essays (Essay prompts vary per program, but all applicants are eligible for select fellowships if they apply by their respective fellowship deadlines)
- $95.00 USD Application Fee