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What will I learn?

The Master of Public Administration is designed to develop public affairs professionals who understand the increasingly complex issues shaping local and national policies, and who have the analytical and managerial skills to apply their knowledge to real world situations.

Students and faculty in the MPA program focus on local and national projects in a global context, drawing on the international strengths of SIPA. Students address a variety of local and national issues, ranging from economic development in Kazakhstan, to environmental issues in Japan, to municipal bond ratings or city management in New York.

Career Paths

With an MPA degree, you’ll acquire concrete skills to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. You can develop a career in business, consulting, financial services, energy, and media/communications firms, as well as in development, human rights, think tanks, foundations, advocacy and environmental organizations, and federal, state, local, and foreign governments.


The MPA program’s core curriculum includes graduate-level coursework in economics, statistics, the politics of policymaking, and management. You will take a two-semester course in economics, one course on politics, and one-semester courses in statistics, management, and financial management.

Which department am I in?

School of International and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$58,764.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or substantive internship experience.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 600 on paper-based, 250 on computer-based, minimum IELTS score of 7.0 and minimum PTE score of 68

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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