International Affairs and Business
MIA and MBA: 45 SIPA credits, 45 Business School credits 3 semesters in residence at SIPA; 3 semesters in residence at CBS
Dual degree students are required to fulfill the MIA and MBA core requirements outlined below, except where overlap occurs - see below. Dual degree candidates must complete a minimum of 3 semesters in residence at SIPA and fulfill all MIA core requirements. Dual degrees do not need to complete a policy concentration or specialization. The second professional degree will be accepted toward the MIA in lieu of a policy concentration.
MIA students are required to fulfill the core SIPA requirements outlined below. Dual degree students are, however, exempted from a number of these requirements, since they overlap with the Business School’s core curriculum (see below).
U4200/U4201 Economics or U6400/U6401 Economic Analysis (Fall & Spr: 6 credits)
(note: the core Business School economics sequence, B6005/6006, may be substituted )
U6500 Quantitative Analysis (Fall or Spr: 3 credits)
(note: the core Business School course B6014 may be substituted)
- U6800 / U6804 Conceptual Foundations (Fall: 4 credits)
- Interstate Relations (Fall or Spr: 3 credits)
Students may choose from:
- SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries (Fall)
- SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations (Fall)
- SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service (Fall or Spr)
- U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders (Fall or Spr)
- U6008 Fostering Innovation and Driving Improvement in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (Spring)
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management (Fall or Spr)
(B5101 - Organizational Change, B6703 - Leadership Development, B6701 - Strategy Formulation all satisfy the SIPA Management requirement.)
Financial Management (Fall or Spr: 3 credits)
Students may choose from:
- SIPA U6200 Accounting for International and Public Affairs (Fall & Spr: 3 credits)
- INAF U6022 Economics of Finance (Spring: 3 credits)
- SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management (Fall: 3 credits)
SIPA U6320 Budgeting for Government (Spring: 3 credits)
(note: the core Business School course B6013 may be substituted)
U4040 Professional Development (Fall: .5 credit)
(note: dual degree students who begin at the Business School and take the professional development sessions offered by its Office of Career services are exempt from this requirement)
U9013 Internship (Fall or Spr: 1.5 or 3 credits)
Students are required to complete an internship as part of the core curriculum; however, they are not required to register for internship credit. Students may register for internship credits either in the semester they are completing the internship or anytime after the internship is completed. Maximum of 3 credits allowed.
(note: an internship obtained through the Business School can be counted toward this requirement )
Workshop (Fall or Spr: 3 credits)
Students should plan to do their Workshop in their final semester.
Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation from SIPA. This requirement may be met in any of three ways:
- As a native speaker of a language other than English, who can also read and write that language.
- By passing a language proficiency test.
- By achieving a grade of B or better in an Intermediate Level II (fourth semester) language course at Columbia.
Note: Students may pursue any language course they wish at SIPA. However, elementary I or II courses cannot count toward the SIPA degree requirement of 54 points.
Like regular MBA students, dual degree students are required to complete all of the Business School core courses. SIPA cores are not accepted as a substitute; however, students are given the opportunity to exempt out of cores by passing an exemption exam. For further information please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Passing an exemption exam does not reduce the 45 Business School credits required for the dual degree; it simply enables students to take additional electives.
The Business School’s Core requirements are as follows:
First Term Core Courses
|Pre-term||Leadership (1/2 term equivalent)**|
|1st half||Statistics*||Strategy||Accounting||Finance||Micro Econ*|
|2nd half||Business Analytics||Marketing 1||Macro Econ|
Second Term Core Courses
|1st half||Operations Management||Marketing 2||Elective||Elective||Elective|
|2nd half||1/2 Elective||1/2 Elective|
*Statistics and Microeconomics will each meet for 90 minutes on three additional Fridays at the beginning of the first term.
**Appropriate scheduling of a debrief by the faculty and coaching for all MBA students, based on their 360 Self-Assessment feedback launched by the Leadership faculty during pre-term, will occur during two or three 90 minute sessions the first and second terms of the first year.
Although students are enrolled full-time at one school or the other in any given semester, they should contact advisors at both schools at least once per semester to ensure that their study and enrollment plans are in accordance with program guidelines.
Office of Student Affairs
International Affairs Building, Room 612
Office of Admissions
Uris Hall, Room 216
Career Management Center
Uris Hall, Room 206
Information Technology Group
Uris Hall, Room 202