The MIA curriculum develops international affairs professionals who understand complex transnational issues and can manage real-world organizations.

The MIA core includes courses on international issues and requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. It also requires an internship, usually performed during the summer after the first year of course work, and a Capstone workshop to provide hands-on experience in real-life assignments for diverse organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The MIA requires 54 credits and (generally) four semesters of full-time enrollment. These requirements provide students with qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, substantive knowledge of a policy concentration, demonstrated foreign language ability, and the hands-on management skills required by leaders in the major fields of international affairs.

The purpose of the core curriculum is to ensure that every student in the MIA program receives basic, broad-based, interdisciplinary training in international affairs.

This includes graduate-level course work in economics, statistics, interstate relations and management. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Students are required to take a year-long course in international economics, two international politics courses (Conceptual Foundations of International Politics and one course in interstate relations), and one-semester courses in statistics, management, and financial management. Conceptual Foundations, Economics, Statistics, and Professional Development must be taken during the first year. Other core requirements can be distributed throughout a student’s program of study.


Program requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required to enroll at Columbia SIPACompleted application formApplication feeStandard résumé/cvThree letters of recommendationPersonal statementTest scores(GRE/GMAT) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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