Degree Requirements Overview
Students must meet the following requirements in order to be approved for graduation:
- Complete 54 credits in residence at SIPA *
- Complete 4 residency units *
- Complete all core, concentration and specialization requirements*
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Have no pending grades. All grades must be final. Any notations indicating a pending grade must be converted to a final grade prior to graduating. These include, “IN” (incomplete), “CP” (credit pending) and “YC” (year-long course).
* Requirement for dual degree students may differ.
In addition to the above please note that grade changes cannot be made post-graduation.
All students are required to declare a concentration and specialization. Students can opt to change their Concentration or Specialization via the Concentration Specialization Declaration Change Form . Requests are reveiwed and approved by OSA advisors. If there is an issue with the request your OSA advisor will contact you. Otherwise, if approved, the new Concentration/Specialization will appear on your record in SSOL.
Tracking MIA and MPA Core Requirements:
Students can use the Degree Audit Report (DAR) in Student Services Online to track their academic progress. Currently, the DAR can be used to review the MIA and MPA Core requirements only.
The DAR is an unofficial guide to the MIA and MPA core. The Degree Audit Report cannot be utilized by dual degree students. Dual degree students should see their Advising Dean in the Student Affairs Office.
To request revisions to the Degree Audit Report, please fill out the Degree Audit Report Correction Form and submit the form to the Student Affairs Office.
Tracking Concentration Requirements
Concentration audit forms are designed to assist students and concentration directors in determining if the concentration requirements have been met. All students must complete one concentration to graduate except for PhD students and those pursuing dual degrees with other Columbia University schools.
Students are required to meet with their concentration director once per semester at SIPA to ensure they are fulfilling the appropriate concentration requirements. Prior to their final semester, students should download the concentration audit form, meet with their concentration director and return the signed audit form to the Office of Student Affairs.
Concentration audit form deadlines are August 1st for October graduation; November 1st for February graduation; and January 29th for May graduation.
Below is a complete list of Concentration and Specializations, along with a link to the relevant curriculum page which contains an overview of the requirements an the degree audit form.
Directors, Humanitarian Policy Track:
Susannah Friedman (Spring semester)
Urban Policy and Social Policy (USP): Curriculum
Tracking Specialization Requirements
Specialization audit forms are designed to assist students and specialization directors in determining if the specialization requirements have been fulfilled. All students must complete at least one specialization to graduate except for PhD students and those pursuing dual degrees with other Columbia University schools. Students can fulfill the requirements of more than one specialization.
Students are required to meet with their specialization director once per semester at SIPA to ensure they are fulfilling the appropriate specialization requirements. Prior to their final semester, students should download the specialization audit form, meet with their specialization director and return the signed audit form to the Office of Student Affairs.
Specialization audit form deadlines are August 1st for October graduation; November 1st for February graduation; and January 29th for May graduation.
Specialization Audit Forms
International Organization and UN Studies: Curriculum
Note: There is a single audit form and academic page which covers all Regional
Specializations: Curriculum and Academic Page
East Asian Studies
Latin American Studies
Business Manager/Student Coordinator:
Middle East Studies
Russian and Post-Soviet East-Central Europe Studies
South Asian Studies
Application for Degree
All graduating students are required to submit the on-line Application for Degree prior to the last semester of coursework.
Dual degree students need to submit a separate form to each school.
Application deadlines and conferral dates are August 1st for October graduation; November 1st for February graduation; and December 1st for May graduation.