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PEPM deadline is March 1

While this blog is dedicated to SIPA’s two-year master’s degree programs, I know occasionally we get some readers who are also interested in the one-year PEPM program. Thus, I wanted to remind those applicants of the program’s upcoming deadline. Here’s a message from the PEPM Coordinator, Christine Francis:

March 1st is the final application deadline to apply for the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at Columbia | SIPA for Summer 2016 admission. PEPM is a 12-month program for mid-career professionals leading to a Master of Public Administration. Students start the full-time program on May 23rd and finish the following May.

The objective of the program is to provide professionals and policymakers of demonstrated achievement and superior promise a curriculum designed to impart the skills required for effective design and implementation of economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing and transition economies.  Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program are awarded the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University. The PEPM Curriculum consists of a three-semester sequence of core courses and elective courses, which are determined based on the track within PEPM which the students follow.  PEPM has three different curricular tracks: the traditional Economic Policy Management Track, the Global Energy Management and Policy Track and the new Central Banking and Financial Markets Track.  Core and elective courses vary depending upon the track selected by the student and approved by the PEPM administration. For more information about PEPM please click here or email To apply please click here.  

Don’t forget about these helpful blog posts

With the Fall 2016 application just one week away, I wanted to remind everyone of a few blog posts that will help as you finish your applications of admission to SIPA.

For those missing exam scores, “What’s with the GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS?” offers some great insight into how to self-report them. (Just keep in mind you’ll need to also upload a copy of your TOEFL/IELTS score report, which is a new requirement this year for our international applicants.) As for the official test scores: we only need the official records once you’re admitted to SIPA.

Also keep in mind that all three recommendation letters must be submitted by the application deadline. It’s OK if you submit your application before these are received, but follow-up with your recommenders and remind them of the pending due date. PA Adriana Popa and I share some great advice in “3 things every recommender should know” and “4 Tips for Letters of Recommendation.”

I also write about some insights into the MIA/MPA essay questions in “​How NOT to write your personal statement,” “How to answer the Fall 2016 short essay,” and last year’s “6 Quick-and-Dirty Tips For An Outstanding Admissions Essay.”

​If you’re stuck on how to format your quantitative and language resume, browse current student Yiting Xu’s “A Quantitative/Language Resume Breakdown,” which outlines the process thoroughly.

Regarding your missing college transcripts, we only need your unofficial records for admission. You can scan these (back and front, with grading scale) and upload them into your application, or upload a copy of your academic records from your university’s student portal. (Both self-uploaded versions are unofficial records, and are acceptable for admission purposes.)

And as an international applicant, this October 2015 blog post, “What I wish I knew as an international applicant” offers a few first-hand reflections on the application process.

If you need more help, review “Eloy’s Top 12 Application Questions,” which was our No. 1 blog post in 2015.

Thanks to our hardworking team, the Admissions Blog is full of helpful hints like these, so I encourage you to spend some time this weekend exploring the blog further. You can also take a closer look at all of your missing materials on your Status Page. Then, read this blog post that outlines the nuances with the Status Page, which can be tricky.

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 212-854-6216.

And don’t forget: the Fall 2016 application deadline is February 5, 2016. You may find out more about the admissions timeline here.

Good luck on your applications! Finish your applications here.

P.S. Confused by today’s meme? This should help.

Dun, Dun, DUUN! The Fall 2016 fellowship application deadline is tomorrow

In case you forgot that tomorrow is the Fall 2016 fellowship application deadline; who am I kidding, of course you remembered! Read More →

The Early-Action Deadline is almost here

You are someone who always wants to be the first to know things. You love deadlines. You like planning ahead. And you cannot wait to have a game plan for next year.

Some people would classify this mindset as a “Type A” personality. But if you ask me, it just means you’re a go-getter. Nothing is going to stop you from leading the pack and accomplishing your goals on your terms, and no one else’s.

If this sounds like you, then you should really submit your admission application to SIPA by the early-action deadline. Note that the Early-Action Deadline is almost here: November 2, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants who submit their application by then have the benefit of knowing their non-binding admission decision by early January 2016. They are also eligible for SIPA’s merit-based fellowships (the final fellowship deadline is January 5, 2016).

So what are you waiting for? Finish your application here.


And if you need a little help with your application, join us for Twitter Talk Thursday later today. Just tweet us your questions at @ColumbiaSIPA using #askSIPA.

Upcoming Twitter Talk Thursdays

October 29, 2015
9:00-10:00 a.m. EST
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

November 19, 2015*
9:00-10:00 a.m. EST
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST



This Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, the Admissions Office will be closed in recognition of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. Please be aware that we will not respond to phone calls or emails until Monday, December 1st when we reopen after the holidays.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs and application here. Long holiday weekends are excellent opportunities to get started on the application!

As a reminder, our upcoming deadlines for fall 2015 entry are January 5th, 2015 (for fellowship consideration) and February 5th, 2015 (the final application deadline).

Have a wonderful holiday!

Photo courtesy of Inga Sarda-Sorensen

Photo courtesy of Inga Sarda-Sorensen

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