2016-2017 Policy School Application Deadlines for Top MPP / MPA Programs

Last updated September 19, 2016 The schools included: American University (SPA), Carnegie Mellon (Heinz), Columbia (SIPA), Cornell (CIPA), Duke (Sanford), George Washington University (Trachtenberg), Georgetown (McCourt), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Indiana Bloomington (SPEA), Johns Hopkins (SAIS), NYU (Wagner), Princeton (Woodrow Wilson), Syracuse (Maxwell), UC Berkeley (Goldman), University of Chicago (Harris), Michigan Anne Arbor (Ford), USC (Price),… Continue reading

Columbia SIPA Essay Advice: Describe Future Self to Future Employer

This is Columbia SIPA’s second required essay prompt: Describe future self to future employer, or current self to future employer. (200 words max) **Note: Before applying always double check what is here to ensure you have the most update to date instructions. Always follow instructions provided–to the letter! This essay is basically your “personal pitch”. It’s like writing… Continue reading

Application Advice for Columbia SIPA – Letters of Recommendation

The prompt from Columbia SIPA’s application checklist instructs, “Choose recommenders who, individually or in aggregate, will give the best sense of your qualifications for study at SIPA.” Sounds easy, right? In practice, for a lot of applicants, choosing recommenders can be difficult. You may want to choose a former professor but you’ve been out of school for… Continue reading

Tips for Writing Columbia SIPA's Personal Statement

Originally posted July 30, 2015 Last updated September 15, 2016 Columbia SIPA’s Personal Statement prompt reads: “Please elaborate on why you have chosen to apply to the MIA/MPA program. How will this program enable you to achieve your career goals? Describe your academic and research interests and career objectives.” (400 words maximum) Assuming you have… Continue reading

How to Choose Your Concentration at Columbia SIPA

Columbia SIPA’s personal statement prompt for the MIA/MPA is the following: Why are you interested in pursuing your MIA or MPA degree at SIPA? How will a degree (and intended concentration/specialization) from SIPA enable you to achieve your career goals? Describe your academic and research interests and career objectives. Be sure to include details regarding… Continue reading