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 not 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. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at

    Spring 2020 Deadlines

    Master of International Affairs (MIA) & Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    Final Application: October 15, 2019 (Application is now closed)
    Executive MPA (EMPA)
    Final Application: December 15, 2019 (Application is now closed)

    Summer 2020 Deadlines

    MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM)
    Early Action: November 15, 2019
    Fellowship Consideration: January 15, 2019
    Final Application: February 15, 2020 (Application is now closed)

    Note: All MPA-EPM applicants interested in being considered for JJ/WBGSP must
    submit by the November 15 deadline.


    MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP)
    Early Action: November 1, 2019
    Fellowship Consideration: January 15, 2020
    Final Application: February 15, 2020 (Application is now closed)

    Fall 2020 Deadlines

    Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    & Developmental Practice (MPA-DP)
    Early Action: November 1, 2019
    Fellowship Consideration: January 5, 2020
    Final Application: February 5, 2020 (Application is now closed)
    Executive MPA (EMPA)
    Priority & Fellowship Consideration: March 31, 2020
    Final Application: July 1, 2020
    PhD in Sustainable Development
    *Applicants must apply at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences here.
    Final Application: December 15, 2019 

    Executive Education: Partnership between SIPA and Inter-American Development Bank
    Macro-Financial Policy Making in Emerging Markets
    *This is a 5-day non-degree program geared towards professionals. 
    Final Application: March 15, 2020


    GPPN (Global Public Policy Network) Application
    Only for APPROVED international dual degree students who have completed their first year at a partner school.
    Final Application: February 14th, 2020. (Application is now closed)


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