The Management Specialization is extremely diverse in both courses offered and its student body who come from the for profit, nonprofit, social enterprise and government and from some 60+ countries across the globe. The program has been designed specifically for students eager to pursue careers as leaders of institutions and organizations, consultants and advisors to the leaders of major institutions and organizations, or founders of startups that fulfill a critical societal need. Students exit the program with a portfolio of skills, experiences and content that will enable them to pursue careers in any sector.
SIPA Management graduates work for consulting companies such Booz Allen, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Deloitte; international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD); foreign governments; and state and city governments and agencies in the U.S., as well as non-profits and social enterprises around the world.
SIPA Management graduates work in consulting companies such Booz Allen, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Deloitte; international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD); foreign governments; and state and city governments and agencies in the U.S., as well as non-profits and social enterprises around the world.
Curriculum & Courses
The Management Specialization curriculum provides both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of the full range of knowledge required to be an outstanding 21st century entrepreneur, leader, or manager. The largest specialization at SIPA, Management offers a wide variety of courses, which have been divided into 5 area of study.
- Leadership, Strategy and Decision Making
- Operations, HR and Program Management
- Financial & Resource Management
- Analysis, Monitoring & Evaluation
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and New Organizational Models (including, Social Enterprise, Impact Investing, and Social Impact Measurement)
Students must complete courses for a total of 9 points.
- Global EdTech Design Challenge: Improving Education Through Design + Tech SIPA and its partners, Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio, host an annual 6-month Design Challenge where teams of students from schools across the campus tackle deeply entrenched problems in K-12 education by coming up with technology solutions. 2018 and 2019 challenges focus on Brazil’s public schools which serve some 50 million students annually. Teams compete for $25,000 in funding.
- SIPA Alumni Entrepreneurs: SIPA Management alumni across the globe are tackling the planet’s most deeply entrenched problems through start up ventures. 10 social entrepreneurs to watch are profiled here.
- Alumni Global Social Entrepreneurs: SIPA alumni are working across the globe solving deeply entrenched problems in education, financial services, health, development, energy and the environment, and for those without access to resources, the disabled and refugees.
Highlights of Extracurricular Activities
- Management Events: Social Enterprise Speaker Series; Guest Speakers (Exec Directors, Social Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Alumni); Skill Building Workshops (Budgeting, Design Thinking, Presentation Skills); Social Gatherings/Happy Hours
- Support for Student Ventures: Dean’s Public Policy Challenge $50,000; Ed Tech Challenge Challenge $25,000; Columbia StartUp Lab @ WeWork Soho; Social Impact House with the University of Pennsylvania
- Student Groups: Ci3 (Columbia Impact Investing Initiative); MESS (Monitoring & Evaluation); Social Entrepreneurship Club; TISA (Tech & Innovation Student Association) Impact Investing Challenge (MIINT)