The 2019 application cycle is now live! All applicants are required to submit a completed application through our online Application Portal. While there is no separate deadline for international applicants, each degree program has its own application deadlines and requirements so review the information below carefully prior to applying. 

Please follow the instructions below to assemble and submit the online application.

Note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at sipa_admission@columbia.edu.

Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist the Admissions Committee involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.

Please note that the applicant may upload unofficial transcripts at the start of the application process. Once an applicant has been admitted and has indicated acceptance of our offer of admission, certified and secure electronic official transcripts must be submitted directly to Columbia from the applicant’s prior institution(s)’ Registrar Office. Only if a prior academic institution is unable to submit certified and secure online official transcripts, an official transcript in a sealed envelope must be sent directly from that institution’s Registrar Office to Columbia. Columbia will use its verification vendor to verify the applicant’s degree and transcript with the prior academic institutions and/or the relevant country’s Ministry of Education. 

Moreover, students who plan to enroll at SIPA will be required to participate in a verification process. More detailed information will be provided upon admission.

Deadlines

MIA, MPA, MPA-DP DEADLINES
FALL 2019
Early Action Deadline: November 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Consideration Deadline: January 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Final Application Deadline: February 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

EMPA DEADLINES
SPRING 2019
Final Application Deadline: December 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST

FALL 2019
Priority & Fellowship Consideration Deadline: March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
​​​Final Application Deadline: July 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

MPA-EPM DEADLINES
SUMMER 2019
Early Action Deadline: November 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Consideration Deadline: January 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Final Application Deadline: February 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

MPA-ESP DEADLINES
SUMMER 2019
Early Action Deadline: November 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Consideration Deadline: January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Final Application Deadline: February 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Application Checklist

Some application checklist items will vary by program. Please review this list carefully.

  • Essay questions (Personal Statement, Short Essay, and/or Optional Essay)
  • Video Essay
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Quantitative & Language Resume/CV
    • This resume requirement provides the committee with additional information on your quantitative and language knowledge and proficiency. It should elaborate upon the skills you have developed related to quantitative methods and language learning. 
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 required and 1 optional for all programs; MPA-ESP requires 3 letters)
  • Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and beyond)
  • GRE/GMAT
    • GRE school code: 2161 (no department code)
    • GMAT school code: QF8-64-56 for MIA or QF8-64-99 for all MPA programs
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international students only). Required if your native language is not English or if your undergraduate degree was not taught in English.
    • TOEFL iBT: preferred 110, minimum 100
    • IELTS: preferred 7.5, minimum 7.0
    • PTE: preferred 76, minimum 68
  • 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 non-refundable Application Fee

 

Due to the large volume or requests, we are unable to offer individualized feedback to applicants until the summer. The following information addresses common suggestions we give to applicants who request feedback and wish to reapply.
SIPA welcomes applications from candidates who have previously applied for admission, regardless of the outcome. Applicants can only re-apply a year after their initial application.