Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Columbia University

Columbia University
Masters (MA)

2 years
Full time

Course description:

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Columbia University is a 21-month full-time taught program which prepares students to address major national policy issues and manage organizations in the US and other countries around the world. Students develop the qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, substantive knowledge of a policy concentration and professional skills to address real world challenges in policy and management.The MPA program is best suited for young professionals holding a Bachelors degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or internship experience.

The MPA core curriculum combines a globally oriented and comparative approach to national policy-making with courses in economics, quantitative analysis and management. Students can choose from the following concentration of options within this program:

• Economic and Political Development
• Energy and Environment
• Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy
• International Finance and Economic Policy
• International and Security Policy
• Urban and Social Policy.


School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University

Entry Requirements:

All applicants must have at least a Bachelors degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. They have to provide valid GRE or GMAT test scores and demonstrate proficiency in the English language adequate for study at the Masters level. A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS exam is required. Applicants should have relevant professional experience, proven academic ability, and a passion for public policy and/or international affairs. Most successful applicants have had at least 3 years of work or internship experience relevant to their intended course of study. Strong experience at an international relief organization, a government agency, a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization, or a corporation with operations in the international sphere (to name a few examples) will make their applications more competitive.

Applicants should have strong academic performance in their undergraduate work. They should have strong GPA, academic references, GRE and/or GMAT test scores, as well as extracurricular involvement and excellent letters of recommendation. As SIPA’s core curriculum includes economics, statistics, and financial management, applicants should be able to undertake quantitative coursework at the graduate level. Applicants who have completed introductory courses in macro- and microeconomics are preferred. Applicants should be individuals who are passionate about making a difference and eager to shape global policy and international affairs.


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