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Program FAQ's

How long are the programs?
How many students are in each program?
What do you look for in an applicant?
What courses are required to complete the Master of International Affairs? Master of Public Administration?
What does a typical first year course schedule look like for an MIA student?
What does a typical first year course schedule look like for an MPA student?
What is the internship requirement for MIA and MPA students?
What is the Professional Development Course?
Do I need to fulfill the language requirement?
What are “proficiency exams”?
What is “Advanced Standing”?
May I audit a class?
When may I take a course Pass/Fail?
Can I be exempted from a course based on work-experience?
Can I take an undergraduate course?
Can I switch concentrations?
Can I switch specializations?
Do you have a dual-degree program?
May I change from the MPA to the MIA degree or vice versa?
Can I study part-time?
Do you offer evening classes?
Can I take classes at other schools or departments within Columbia University?
Does SIPA accept transfer students?