Cornell University - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Cornell University - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

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Cornell University’s MPA program is flexible and future-oriented and may be tailored to career objectives.

  • CIPA- Established Cornell University in 1984
  • Faculty & students come from around the globe
  • Approximate number of applicants each year: 600
  • Highly distinguished faculty, many leading in their fields
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About CIPA

Cornell University’s two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is offered through the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (also known as CIPA) in the College of Human Ecology. The CIPA program builds on a foundation of coursework essential for all aspects of public affairs; students then choose a concentration with a program of courses and experiences designed to be most meaningful to them.

The interdisciplinary nature of this MPA is one of its distinguishing features. Students have unusual flexibility for designing their program of study. They can take courses from across the university, allowing them to learn from a broad range of Cornell faculty members, participate in cutting-edge research, and engage with other graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines.

Students will discover that, at CIPA, diversity is valued. Faculty and students come from around the globe and represent widely varied fields of interests. This eclectic mix of cultures, experiences and perspectives translates into a rich environment for collaborative learning.

Community is a vital part of the CIPA experience. There are approximately 240 students in the program with about 120 first-years and 120 second-years. Opportunities for forging lifelong friendships are abundant at CIPA with picnics, international parties, impromptu debates in the CIPA Lounge, professional development conferences in Washington, DC and New York City, late-night group-project meetings, and many more similar activities.

Here’s what one of CIPA’s recent MPA graduates had to say:

Daniel Arukwe Johansen, MPA 2015

Operational Informational Management Officer, UN World Food Programme Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division

“One of the most pleasant surprises about CIPA was the true sense of community it fosters—one that emphasizes camaraderie over competition. Cornell is a challenging place, but this sense of being one “CIPA family” was key to why I enjoyed my time here so much!

At Cornell, I was able to combine practical experience with coursework taught by professors at the cutting edge of their fields. Through CIPA’s affiliation with the Cornell in Rome program, I spent a semester working full time at the United Nations World Food Programme, while earning academic credit. There, I worked on some of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the world today, including the crisis in Syria—and I was able to see how the theory I learned at Cornell translated into practice. This externship helped me clarify what I wanted to do with my post-CIPA career, and it was an amazing opportunity to learn from true practitioners of multilateral public policy.  Ultimately, this experience led to a full-time job offer.”

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$13500

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$9000

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$34440

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Stephanie, Sweden 5

Ivy league academics with a community experience

I graduated from the two year Master of Public Administration with a concentration in International Development Studies. At CIPA I pursued coursework related to my interest in the intersections of trade and development and I've also had the opportunity to work practically with these issues. For example, read full review

I graduated from the two year Master of Public Administration with a concentration in International Development Studies. At CIPA I pursued coursework related to my interest in the intersections of trade and development and I've also had the opportunity to work practically with these issues. For example, during my time at CIPA I was the president of the student organization Women in Public Policy, worked with a small business owner in the Botswana pork sector through Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, interned with the International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) in Geneva, and worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on their Salud Mesoamérica 2015 initiative for my capstone project. Living in Ithaca, New York is living in a small town with a lot of ambition. It is surrounded by lots of nature and given its location, gives rise to a real sense of community within the program. Many people, not only international students, but also students from the United States have moved from far away to attend Cornell. The campus is large and ensures that no matter what your interest, you will find a club, organization, or group of like minded people to pursue whatever it is your hobbies may be. I do wish I had known how cold the winters would get before I moved there, but now in hindsight, I just remember how beautiful the campus looked in all the snow. show less

Steve, USA 5

Excellent Program at an Excellent University

Really enjoyed my time at CIPA (Cornell Institute for Public Affairs) CIPA offers such a wide variety of courses and real world experience opportunities.

Really enjoyed my time at CIPA (Cornell Institute for Public Affairs) CIPA offers such a wide variety of courses and real world experience opportunities.

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