The first step to joining the SIPA community is to apply to one of our degree programs. Prepare for the rigors of studying at the world's foremost global public policy school by learning more about what the Admissions Committee values in candidates, the application process, what our current students are like, and more.

The Admissions Committee values relevant professional experience, proven academic ability, and a passion for public policy and/or international affairs.
Applications for the upcoming calendar year typically open in mid-August. While there is no separate deadline for international applicants, each degree program has its own application deadlines and requirements so review the program’s information carefully prior to applying.
For 70 years, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs has been educating professionals who work in public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the...
Learn more about when admissions decisions are released, how to submit your enrollment deposit, what it means to be on the waitlist, and how the deferral process works.
To learn more about the admissions process, you are encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions.