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About SIPA

For more than 60 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 world. Through rigorous social science research and hands-on practice, SIPA’s graduates and faculty strive to improve social services, advocate for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and secure peace, in their home communities and around the world.

The curricula of SIPA’s seven degree programs all combine training in analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that graduates are prepared to understand problems and implement solutions. Students combine these core skills with a focus on a policy area of their choice, and they typically engage in a practice-oriented capstone or workshop experience toward the end of their studies. The School draws its strengths from the resources of New York City and Columbia University, and yet has a global reach, with a student body that is 50 percent international; 17,000 graduates in more than 150 countries; and educational partners in global cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Beijing, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Dean's Message
Welcome to Columbia SIPA, the world’s most global public policy school. There is no question that in today’s world, our mission as a school is both ambitious and powerfully relevant: to serve the global public interest by educating students to serve and lead and by producing and sharing new knowledge on the critical public policy challenges facing the global community.
SIPA and Columbia
As part of the Columbia community, SIPA students are often said to be spoiled for choice. They have access to the resources of a major urban university comprising 16 separate schools, 22 libraries, and five affiliated institutions. During any given year, they choose more than 1,000 courses offered throughout the University, drawing on the resources of the social science departments and the schools of business, law, journalism, social work, public health, engineering and applied science, and architecture, as well as Teachers College.
SIPA and New York City
Columbia University's location remains a vital asset to this day, where students benefit from Manhattan's incomparable career opportunities and its flourishing commercial and cultural life. SIPA students can intern during the semester at the United Nations or one of the major broadcast networks, hone their skills in a practicum designed to meet the needs of real-world clients, or attend lectures by visiting heads of state, government leaders, and business executives. New York City is a living laboratory where students can view the consequences of public policy and apply the city's experience to challenges at the furthest reaches of the globe.
SIPA and the World
SIPA has achieved something unprecendented in higher education: it has become the first global school of public policy. In any given year, SIPA students and faculty come from nearly 100 countries, with approximately half of the student body from overseas.
Mission and History
Columbia University's School of International Affairs was founded in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Emphasizing practical training, the School's mission was to foster understanding of regions of vital interest and to prepare diplomats, officials, and other professionals to meet the complexities of the postwar world.
Tech & Policy @SIPA
Learn more about SIPA's initiatives and offerings focused on technology's application to public policy issues.
SIPA Dean's Public Policy Challenge Grant
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs seeks proposals from students for innovative projects that use digital technology and data to improve the global urban environment.
Professional Organizations
SIPA is honored to be affiliated with several professional organizations.
Directions and Parking Information
The main gates to Columbia University's campus in Morningside Heights are located at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan. The School of International and Public Affairs is located at 420 West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Be aware that the building's fourth floor is at street level.