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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.

Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis
The specialization in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis (APEA) examines relationships between the public sector, private sector, and civil society and using rigorous quantitative methods
Gender and Public Policy
Gender is the often un-analyzed dimension of all public policies. Learn more about this growing field.
International Conflict Resolution
The specialization in International Conflict Resolution provides students with an understanding of the root causes of international conflicts and of how conflict resolution takes place on an international level.
International Organization & UN Studies
This specialization intends to provide students with a mental map of the international organizations that shape public policy and determine global action at a level beyond the nation state.
The Management specialization offers SIPA students the opportunity to develop strong managerial and leadership skills applicable to virtually any public policy arena. The objective of this specialization is to prepare students to be the next generation of leaders of major international, national, state, or local public and nonprofit institutions.
Focus on Africa, East Asia, East Central Europe, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia and the Former Soviet States, South Asia, or the United States.
Technology, Media, and Communications
Knowing how to navigate in the world of mass communications is essential for government officials, academics, and policy advocates. Just as important is understanding how new technologies work and their effect on the media.