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What you should know about SIPA’s International Dual-Degree Programs

As a member school of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), SIPA offers a International Dual-Degree Program to our MPA/MIA students. Students in this program have the opportunity to spend one of the two years of their MPA/MIA program to study at a foreign partner school. This program gives students the chance to study public policy from an international perspective with exposure to different academic, cultural, and professional environment. Here are some things you need to know about the International Dual-Degree Program.

Which schools offer international dual degrees with SIPA?
SIPA has a partnership with six policy schools around the world, including Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the FGV-EAESP in São Paulo, the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

When do I begin my study aboard if I am in this program?
Students in the international dual-degree program would spend one year at SIPA and another year at a partner school. For each program — except for the one with Sciences Po Paris — students are free to choose whether to  spend the first year at SIPA or at a partner school. The program with Sciences Po Paris is a fixed-track one, in which all students must spend their first year in Paris and the second year at SIPA.

If I want to start from SIPA, how do I apply?
If you plan to spend the first year at SIPA, you need to go through the regular SIPA admissions process. All the requirements are the same as the regular two-year MPA/MIA application, including the materials you need to submit and the deadlines. When you are matriculated at SIPA, you need to talk to your academic adviser about dual-degree program and apply to a partner school accordingly.

If I want to start from a partner school, how do I apply?
If you plan to spend the first year at a partner school, you need to apply through their website. The following programs has various application requirements and deadlines, so please follow the school’s instructions and contact their respective admissions offices if you have questions or need further information. More information for each program is below:

Do I get two degrees from both schools?
Yes, you could get a MIA or MPA degree from SIPA and also a relevant degree from the partner school. See the links above to confirm which degrees qualify for the program at each institution.

How do I pay tuition?
Students will pay SIPA tuition when they are studying in residence at SIPA, and the partner school tuition for the other year. For the SIPA side, you can find the estimated tuition, fees and cost here. For the partner school side, you will need to review the links referred above to find about their tuition and cost.

What is the language of instruction?
English is the language of instruction for all programs with the exception of the FGV-EAESP’s Master in Management and Public Policy in São Paulo, where the language of instruction is Portuguese (The language of instruction for the Master in International Management is English).  Therefore applicants to this program should know Portuguese, as well as English.

What courses should I choose when studying in a partner school?
If you study at a partner school during the first year, you are encouraged to satisfy as many SIPA core requirements as possible by taking approved equivalent courses. During the second year at SIPA, you will need to complete any remaining core requirements in addition to your concentration and specialization requirements. If you start at SIPA, you are required to complete all core courses  in the first year, with the exception of capstone workshop. The second year curriculum is determined by the partner school. You can consult with your academic adviser and the dual-degree coordinator to figure out which courses can be used to satisfy SIPA requirements, as well as the partner school’s requirements.

Who do I contact to find out more?
Please contact Alleyne Waysome, assistant dean of Office of Student Affairs for more info on the International Dual-Degree Programs at

I’m still confused.
Don’t worry. Just look at the chart below.

SIPA Degree
Partner  Degree
Enrollment Preference
Instruction Language
How to Apply
Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Master in International Management
Start at either school
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Master in Management and Public Policy
Portuguese/ English
Hertie School of Governance
Berlin, Germany
Start at either school
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
London School of Economics and Political Science
London, England
Start at either school, but if you start at LSE you can only pursue the MPA at SIPA
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Start at either school
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.
Sciences Po
Paris, France
Start at Sciences Po
Students submit a single “dual degree” application to Sciences Po. If admitted the admission decision is applicable to both schools.
University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy
Tokyo, Japan
Start at either school
Apply directly to the school or to SIPA. Once matriculated at either school students can then apply for the dual degree program.

SIPA Event At A Glance: “U.S. Election 2016: What’s Next Now?”

After the election in November, SIPA began organizing various activities and events to address post-election issues and concerns. On November 29, 2016, SIPA held a high-level panel at Columbia Club in midtown, called “U.S. 2016 Election: What’s Next Now?”.

The panel was moderated by Merit E. Janow, Dean of SIPA, and featured seven panelists who are top experts in their field of studies, including economics, political science, war and peace studies, energy and environment policy, and urban planning. During the discussion, panelists shared their views on the significant domestic and international challenges that the new administration will face, from a deeply-divided nation and uncertainty around the policies to future foreign policy and international relations.

David Rothkopf, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs, first shared his opinion about President-Elect Trump’s strategy in foreign affairs. He pointed out that Trump’s potential policy is likely to shift the United States into a unilateralism, which might jeopardize the traditional transatlantic partnership. Professor Richard K. Betts put it that President-Elect Trump’s foreign policies could be hard to predict, and he shared his opinions on the future relation between US and Russia.

When it comes to the domestic policy, University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and former chief economist of the World Bank, briefly analyzed Trump’s tax cut and infrastructure plan. He pointed out that to stimulate the economy with massive infrastructure construction could raise the cost of capital and may cause negative effects on the economy. Professor Richard Clarida shared his views on the post-election market reactions and the potential effect of the combination of tight monetary policy and loose fiscal policy.

Professor Ester Fuchs discussed the potential policies related with women, such as affordable birth control, abortion right, children care, and paid family leave. Michael Nutter, Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, who was also the mayor of Philadelphia, expressed concerns on how President-Elect Trump is going to develop proper urban planning policies. While Professor Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University Earth Institute, discussed the future challenges in energy and environmental policy.

Around 70 people participated in the event, including SIPA faculty members, current students, alumni, prospective students, and journalists from major media companies. After the one-hour panel discussion, panelists responded to questions from the audience, covering terrorism, enterprise zone, and incoming elections in Europe, etc. Panelists then encouraged SIPA students and alumni to actively engage in studying and shaping the future of public policy.

[Photo by Weiming Shu | Left to right: Richard Clarida, C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and Professor of International and Public; Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor and Nobel Laureate; Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Michael Nutter, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs; Merit E. Janow, Dean of SIPA; Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University Earth Institute and Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs; Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies; David Rothkopf, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs]



Seeples Spotlight: Qiuyuan Huang

Qiuyuan Huang is currently a second-year MPA student at SIPA. She graduated from Peking University in China in 2015 with a dual degree in Finance and International Relations. During college, Qiuyuan once interned with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a research assistant, where she did political risk analysis for overseas investment. She has also been the research assistant to Prof. Jong-Wha Lee, Former Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank, in the summer of 2014. She researched on the development of Renminbi Internationalization, China’s government public expenditure on human capital, and reviewed policy analysis of BRICS Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. After joining SIPA, Qiuyuan further developed her interest in macro-economic policy through courses and researches. During the summer, she interned with the S&P Global Ratings, one of the top rating agencies in the world.

[please note this Q&A has not been edited]

What’s your summer internship experience been like?
I have been interned with S&P Global Rating during the whole summer. I worked as summer associate in the global economics and research team. My primary job is to research on U.S. macroeconomics and wrote reports and interpretations on economic indicators for weekly publications and quarterly forecasting. I performed statistical computing and smoothing techniques to analyze and display economic and financial market trends.  Besides doing research and writing reports, I presented research findings to senior economist and chief economist at S&P. Being able to present to these economists is exciting but also stressful. Usually they would ask a lot of questions during my presentation, so I need to be fully prepared and clear about every point I am talking about.

How has the internship prepare you for the future career?
This internship is definitely a challenging one and I have learned a lot from it. I have covered various economic topics, including U.S. business cycles, infrastructure investment, minimum wage, income inequality, corporate repatriation tax, etc. My supervisor is a senior economist and he gave me instruction and advice on my research topic and methods. I have always been interested in macro-economic policy and political risk, and working in a rating agency is among my top career choices. This internship has given me hands-on experience in S&P and I really my time here. I am still interning with S&P for the fall semester, working two days a week. For now I am not sure whether I could get a full-time offer at S&P, but I am actively seeking for opportunities.

How did you obtain your internship?
This internship position is posted on the SIPAlink, and I  submitted my CV through the portal.  After that I took three rounds of intense interviews and was luck enough to pass them. I thinks SIPAlink is a good place for internship hunting. There positions posted are relevant and most of employers may have some corporation with Office of Career Office, so SIPA students could get some advantages applying through SIPA link.

What are your goals for the second year?
There are many books I plan to read. Most of them are about economics, political science and American culture. Also I would like to know more people here at SIPA. The first year went by so quickly and I felt I didn’t spend enough time getting to know more people. SIPA students came in from various backgrounds with exiting stories. So during the second year, I would like to attend more events and make more friends here. Besides, I decide to further develop my quantitative skills through classes.

What is one course that you particularly recommend?
One of the courses I would like to recommend is Asian Financial Market, This course focuses on financial crisis in Asian countries, mainly ASEAN-10, Japan, Korea, China, and India. It gave an overview of history, status quo and future prospects of the financial markets in Asia. We also analyzed economic and financial policies in Asia. I think this course would be really helpful to those interested in Asia financial market. You could have an better idea about what is going on now, and what to expect for the future after studying what happened in history.

[Photo courtesy of Quiyuan Huang]

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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