The global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 presented institutions of higher education with challenges in teaching and learning, as well as in the assessment of academic performance.  As a consequence of these challenges, Columbia University affirms the following principle: 


    The University’s graduate and professional schools, as well as their respective admissions committees, will take into account the important disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak when reviewing student transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their customary practice of performing holistic reviews of individual applications or dossiers. Specifically, we will respect decisions made by institutions or individuals regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail or similar grading options during the period in question.


    The Provost and University Deans adopted this principle to ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged by policy decisions made by their colleges/universities as a result of this unprecedented public health event.


    To create an application, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Create an account" if you're a first-time user, or "Log in" if you're a returning user.  Once you create an account, you'll be provided instructions for completing your application to SIPA. For your reference, deadlines to all of SIPA's master's degree programs are included below. Please ensure all your materials are submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for admission. The cut-off submission time for all application deadlines is at 11:59 p.m. EST. 


    Applicants must submit all materials directly via this online application system. Applications will not be accepted 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 DanishAmerican 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 University. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at

    Spring 2022 Deadlines APPLICATIONS LIVE

    Master of International Affairs (MIA) & Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    Final Application: October 15, 2021  
    Executive MPA (EMPA)
    Final Application: December 15, 2021

    Summer 2022 Deadlines APPLICATIONS LIVE

    MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM)
    Early Action and JJ/WBGSP Applicants: November 30, 2021 *extended
    Fellowship Consideration: January 15, 2022
    Final Application: February 15, 2022 
    MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) 
    Early Action: November 1, 2021
    Fellowship Consideration: January 15, 2022
    Final Application: February 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Deadlines APPLICATIONS LIVE

    Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA) & Developmental Practice (MPA-DP) 
    Early Action: November 1, 2021
    Fellowship Consideration: December 20, 2021
    Final Application: February 5, 2022
    Executive MPA (EMPA) Fall 
    Priority & Fellowship Consideration: March 31, 2022
    Final Application: June 1, 2022
    PhD in Sustainable Development
    *Applicants must apply at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences here.
    Application: December 16, 2021

    Executive Education Deadlines APPLICATIONS LIVE

    Leading with Impact 
    This is a 6 module live online program geared towards executives of the three sectors
    Application deadline: November 17, 2021 (Extended to 11/17)

    Macro-Financial Policy Making in Emerging Markets - A Partnership between SIPA and Inter-American Development Bank (Application will open in the Fall)
    This is a 5 day in person program for mid-career professionals and will take place April 4-8, 2022

    GPPN (Global Public Policy Network) Deadlines 

    For candidates interested in completing their second year of study at SIPA. 
    Only APPROVED international dual degree students who have completed their first year at a partner school may be considered.
    Final Application: February 6, 2022 

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