Master of International Affairs (MIA)

MIA Curriculum

The curriculum of the MIA degree program is designed to provide students with qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and with the hands-on management skills required by leaders in the major fields of international affairs, combined with substantive knowledge of a policy concentration and demonstrated foreign language ability. The program of study requires 54 graduate points and four semesters of full-time enrollment. Dual degree students and students with advanced standing from prior graduate degrees may be able to reduce their period of study. See below under advanced standing for details.

Please note: Full-time students must be registered for at least 12 points each semester.

For additional information on the Master's of International Affairs program, including information for prospective students and admissions, please refer back to the MIA program page.

Faculty Members Teaching in the Masters of International Affairs Core Curriculum

Hisham Aidi, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Gary Bagley, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Norman Bartczak, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Alan Brott, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Andrea Bubula, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Doru Cojoc, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

William Eimicke, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

Emanuele Gerratana, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Erin Gore, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Thomas Groll, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Sarah Holloway, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

John C. Liu, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Richard Robb, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

David Siegel, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michael Ting, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Paola Maria Valenti, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Alan Yang, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Core Curriculum

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.

Courses that fulfill the “Interstate Relations” requirement focus on relations between and among states (including diplomatic, military and other interactions between and among governments), international politics and policy, and international institutions. The conceptual and analytical framework for these courses is typically from the political science subfield of international relations. To view interstate relations courses, visit http://bulletin.columbia.edu/sipa/programs/mia/interstate-relations/

Points
Conceptual Foundations4
Conceptual Foundations of International Politics
and Conceptual Foundations - Discussion
Economics6
Select one of the following:
Microeconomics for International Public Affairs
and Macroeconomics for International Public Affairs
Microeconomic Analysis for International Public Affairs Course Video
and Macroeconomic Analysis for International Public Affairs
Quantitative Analysis3
Quantitative Analysis for International Public Affairs
Management3
Select one of the following:
Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries: A Practice Perspective
Analysis of Public Sector Organizations Course Video
Effective Management in the Public Service Course Video
Strategic Management for Public Service Organizations
Management Administration of Nonprofit Organizations Course Video
Strategy, Law and Competitiveness
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
Sustainability Management
Financial Management3
Select one of the following:
Accounting for International Public Affairs
Nonprofit Financial Management
Budgeting and Financial Management for Government
Economics of Finance
Interstate Relations3
Select from a menu of courses that fulfills this requirement.
Internship1.5-3
Internship
Professional Development0.5
Professional Development (PD) Career Conference
Workshop3
Capstone Workshop
Capstone Workshop in Development Practice
Total Points27-28.5

Policy Concentration

All students choose one concentration from the list below. Each concentration is described in more detail below.

Specialization

All students also choose one specialization consisting of 3 courses: a skill or area of specialized knowledge to pair with their policy concentration:

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in a language other than English is required for graduation. Proficiency is defined as the ability to read, write and speak the language at the Intermediate II level. This requirement is met in one of three ways:

  • As a native speaker of a language other than English who also demonstrates that a substantive part of their education (e.g., high school, college, prior graduate degree) has been in that language. TOEFL/IELTS will also be taken into account as supplemental evidence of proficiency in another language.
  • By passing a language proficiency exam in Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese administered by SIPA. (Proficiency/placement exams in other languages may be arranged through the departments teaching in those languages.) The exam can only be taken once. You are advised to take the exam in your first year.
  • By achieving a grade of B (3.0) or better in an Intermediate Level II (4th semester) language course at Columbia. Students may register for any language course at Columbia. However, Elementary-level courses cannot count toward the 54 credits applicable to the degree. Intermediate-level courses will count as electives. If you are at the elementary level, you should start your language courses in your first semester.

Sample Program

Year 1
FallPointsSpringPoints
Conceptual Foundations (INAF U6800 & U6804)4Economics (SIPA U4201, SIPA U6400 or SIPA U6401)3
Core - Management Course3Specialization Course 13
Economics (SIPA U4200, SIPA U6400, or SIPA U6401)3Internship Registration (Optional)1.5
Concentration Course 13Quantitative Analysis for International & Public Affairs3
Professional Development Career Conference0.5Concentration Course 23
 13.5 13.5
Year 2
FallPointsSpringPoints
Concentration Course 33Interstate Relations Course3
Concentration Course 43Concentration Course 53
Core - Financial Management Course3Specialization Course 33
Elective Course 13Elective3
Specialization Course 23Capstone Workshop3
 15 15
Total Points: 57

MIA Courses

SIPA U4001 Math Lab for Economics: Level 1. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics

Math lab is intended to supplement the core economics requirement.  Math lab placement will be determined by student performance on the math assessment test given during orientation.  Registration of math lab will be determined at this time. Attendance is mandatory.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 12281 Melanie Barrett  

SIPA U4002 Math Lab for Economics: Level 2. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics

Math lab is intended to supplement the core economics requirement.  Math lab placement will be determined by student performance on the math assessment test given during orientation.  Registration of math lab will be determined at this time. Attendance is mandatory.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 63017 Melanie Barrett Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA

SIPA U4003 Math Lab for Economics: Level 3. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics

Math lab is intended to supplement the core economics requirement.  Math lab placement will be determined by student performance on the math assessment test given during orientation.  Registration of math lab will be determined at this time. Attendance is mandatory.   

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 66548 Melanie Barrett  

SIPA U4010 Excel Fundamentals. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan 28 & 29

This introductory course surveys fundamental Microsoft Excel concepts and functionality applicable to SIPA courses and in professional settings. Topics include understanding references and functions, writing formulas, interacting with spreadsheets, building basic models, controlling formatting and presentation and creating basic charts. The course is targeted at students with limited or no prior Excel experience. The course is open to SIPA students only. Note: A laptop is required for the two-day accelerated section of this course

SIPA U4011 Advanced Techniques in Excel. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Feb. 6 - Feb. 27

Prerequisites: SIPA U4010 or equivalent experience

This course explores skills needed for more sophisticated spreadsheet development and problem solving in Microsoft Excel. Topics include implementing advanced logic using complex formulas and intermediate calculations, managing complexity with Excel's auditing features, pulling data together using lookup functions and leveraging calculated references. The course does not focus on specific models or applications, but instead explores general concepts and techniques that can be flexibly applied to different solutions in Excel. The course is open to SIPA students only. Instructor approval is required: students will be waitlisted in SSOL and contacted by the instructor. Part of the Excel at SIPA course series. Deadline to drop this course is one week prior to the start date of the course. A notation of "W" will be assigned if requests to drop are not made by this deadline. 

SIPA U4012 Best Practices for Financial Modeling in Excel. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA
Spring 2017 Course Date: March 25

This one-day seminar, conducted by reputable training firm Training the Street, explores best practices and highly practical techniques employed in building finance-related spreadsheets. Best suited for students with exposure to basic accounting and corporate finance concepts, the course stresses efficiency in using Excel and awareness of common pitfalls when developing financial models. Topics include using keyboard shortcuts, applying meaningful and consistent formatting, structuring cash flow and other business problems, handling errors and controlling calculations.  Part of the Excel at SIPA course series. Course fee: $30

SIPA U4013 Data Management and Analysis in Excel. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA
Spring 2017 Course Dates: March 20 - April 10

Prerequisites: SIPA U4010 or equivalent experience

This course focuses on using Microsoft Excel to collect, explore and derive actionable information from structured and semi-structured data. Topics include importing data from external sources, parsing and cleaning raw data, refining data structure, and constructing and leveraging PivotTables. Thecourse aims to develop highly sought-after skills that allow for direct and sophisticated analysis of sizable and disparate data sets. The course is open to SIPA students only. Instructor approval is required: students will be waitlisted in SSOL and contacted by the instructor. Part of the Excel at SIPA course series. Deadline to drop this course is one week prior to the start date of the course. A notation of "W" will be assigned if requests to drop are not made by this deadline.

SIPA U4040 Professional Development (PD) Career Conference. 0.5 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Professional Development, PEPM, MPA-DP
Fall 2017 Course Dates TBD

The Professional Development (PD) Conference is a half-credit course offered by the Office of Career Services (OCS).  It is a requirement for all students in the MIA, MPA and MPA-DP programs, and should be completed during the first year of study.  The PD Conference is designed to help students clarify career goals, shape viable strategies for pursuing internship and job opportunities, and develop skills to compete effectively in the international and public affairs job markets. The course is taught as a professional development clinic, and provides many opportunities for in-class, workshop-style interaction. Professional Development is offered with four interest areas: public sector/nonprofit; private sector; media; and introduction to US job search. These interest areas reflect the professional background of the instructor for each section.  The content of the course is very similar across all sections, with nuances that address the interest areas and highlight the expertise and experience of the instructors. Students may attend only the classes that correspond to their registered section.  Professional attire is strongly recommended.

SIPA U4200 Microeconomics for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics, MPA-DP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course has been renumbered to SIPA U6300

SIPA U4201 Macroeconomics for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics, MPA-DP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course has been renumbered to SIPA U6301

SIPA U6002 Governance and Public Management in Developing Countries: A Practice Perspective. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Government institutions shape the formulation and implementation of public policies.  How these institutions are organized and managed and, crucially, how they interact with their broader governance environment can determine policy outcomes.   A canon of public management approaches to improve organizational effectiveness has evolved in advanced industrialized countries.  How well do these universal principles and techniques fit with institutional problems confronted by developing countries?    This course will explore public management in less developed -- both middle income and fragile, low-capacity - environments.  It will ground the discussion in theoretical thinking about organizations, economics and politics but will emphasize practice, providing students with a perspective on tackling problems under real-world conditions.  Where appropriate, the course will reflect on the experience of international development assistance agencies in promoting institutional development.  The developing country focus notwithstanding, the course will deconstruct the global public management revolution that has swept the developed world, as this has been the template for much of the advice offered to poor countries over the last several decades.   The course will employ lectures, case studies, as well as team simulation and role-playing exercises that provide students with the opportunity to walk in the shoes of on-the-ground public management practitioners and policy makers.  The aim is to expose students to the wide range of institutional development issues which occupy a broad swath of multi- and bi-lateral as well as non-profit development assistance organizations in poor and middle income countries.   While students will frequently be required to think and behave as though they were operating in the real world of applied development, they should not expect to be trained in specific management skills or to learn the intricacies of how to manage.  

SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, Management

This course develops a framework for understanding organizational performance, with a focus on public sector managerial settings. Topics covered include decision-making, the design of tasks and careers, the evolution of modern bureaucracies, public versus private ownership, and agency reform. The analytical approaches include game theory, behavioral economics, and the theory of incentives and contracts. Some examples will be drawn from American political institutions, but the goal is for students to acquire analytical skills that will be broadly applicable. While the course would be appropriate for all MIA and MPA students, it will likely be of particular interest to students with academic backgrounds in political science or economics.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 93635 Michael Ting W 11:00am - 12:50pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 24700 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U6005 Effective Management in the Public Service. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social

This course serves as an introduction to management in government and in the non-profit and private organizations that contract with and/or partner with government to provide public services.  Lectures, cases, discussions and group projects focus on an array of management tools that help managers implement public policy and deliver critical services.  While many examples come from the instructor’s experience in New York City and US state and federal agencies, numerous comparative cases and projects from Asia, Latin America and Europe are used to discover best practices, common challenges and the impact of culture on organization behavior. The course will be valuable to those expecting a career in large, complex organizations, either as a manager or a policy advisor. A laboratory section focuses on assigned readings and case studies, provides more opportunities for student discussions and brings in prominent guest speakers from all three sectors.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 86782 William Eimicke M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 80783 M 8:10pm - 9:10pm
413 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U6010 Enterprise Strategy for Leaders. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course trains managers or analysts to look outward to the environment and inward to the enterprise's resources and capabilities and operating policies. As such, we describe aenterprise's strategy as the formulation of "competitive strategy", "corporate strategy" and "organizational strategy". Competitive strategy involves identifying structurally attractive industries and developing the most attractive position within that industry, where attractiveness is driven by absolute conditions combined with the resources and capabilities the firm brings to that position. Businesses create value by operating in positions within industries that, by virtue of the characteristics of industry, the position and the firm, are defensible from the encroachment of competitors and deterioration of the environment as a whole. Corporate strategy focuses on the management and understanding of multi-product, multi-location and multi-business firms. Although we devote limited time to the topic, organizational strategy involves developing policies within each functional area of the business unit that are integrative and consistent with the firm's plan for creating value The main orientation of the course is on for profit firms. Understanding the perspective of business is critical for allocentric policy making. The concepts will be translated to a non for profit setting as opportunities for connections arise and we will cover a non for profit case near the end of the term. Also, the concepts presented in the course carry over well to the social enterprise space.

SIPA U6011 Management & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management

This course examines management techniques and strategies -- conventional and innovative -- applicable in nonprofit organizations. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the various functional areas of nonprofit organizations as well as to understand how the various areas, guided by vision and strategy, interconnect to help the organization make progress toward achieving its mission. In addition to developing a better understanding of each component of a nonprofit’s work, students will study important issues faced by nonprofit leaders while managing organizational change. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 11281 Gary Bagley W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U6012 The Dynamics of Leadership. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course provides exhilarating ways and means to experience the dynamics of organizational leadership in action. The subject matter runs across all realms of society, with a focus on nonprofit institutions sometimes referred to as NGOs. Through business case studies, eclectic readings, rigorous classroom dialogue and debate, simulations and role plays, and the active presence of prominent senior executives as guests, students will learn how to understand and to tackle leadership challenges. Visiting executives will all have track records of leadership in high-performing institutions, nonprofit, for-profit and governmental. Conceptually and practically, students will be exposed to best practices in raising funds and earning them: containing and controlling costs; managing both operating results and the balance sheet; recruiting and nurturing talent; relating well to such external actors as donors/investors, regulators and journalists; formulating business strategies that work; starting-up, turning around and growing to scale institutions and causes; treating trustees and directors as enterprise partners; protecting and enhancing organizational reputation; fostering entrepreneurial activity; building a productive culture; communicating clearly and compellingly, internally and externally; and, thinking globally, acting locally.

SIPA U6013 Strategy, Law and Competitiveness. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, MPA, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course seeks to prepare students for the interconnectedness of global organizations, industries, and internal and external legal environments. It will provide an introduction to business strategy with a focus on law and policy as a basic framework. Analysis of strategic decisions facing organizations will be rendered by looking outward to the environment and inward to the enterprise's resources, capabilities, and operating policies. The course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of strategic and legal competitiveness for enterprises and will introduce students to a broad range of issues encountered by managers and business professionals.

INAF U6022 Economics of Finance. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track, APEA, Management

Finance deals with the theory of how households and firms use capital markets to allocate resources over time. The course will equip you with a solid theoretical foundation you can use to evaluate projects, investments and funding decisions. It will further acquaint you with the details of debt, equity and derivatives markets so you can apply your knowledge to practical problems

SIPA U6200 Accounting for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management

The purpose of this course is to enable you to become an informed user of financial information.  To be properly informed you need to understand financial statements, the note disclosures and the language of accounting and financial reporting.  We will focus on the three major financial statements, (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows), which companies prepare for use by management and external parties.  We will examine the underlying concepts that go into the preparation of these financial statements as well as specific accounting rules that apply when preparing financial statements.  As we gain an understanding of the financial information, we will look at approaches to analyze the financial strength and operations of an entity.  We will use actual financial statements to understand how financial information is presented.  In each area, we will contrast U.S. accounting rules (GAAP) with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 77047 Alan Brott T Th 11:00am - 12:30pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 78297 Alan Brott T Th 2:15pm - 3:45pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 003 83497 Norman Bartczak W 1:10pm - 4:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 004 88346 Norman Bartczak W 6:10pm - 9:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 68148 F 11:00am - 12:50pm
410 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 71346 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 72096 F 9:00am - 10:50am
410 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social

There are more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands more internationally and the number is growing.  The nonprofit sector includes an enormous diversity of organizations, ranging from complex health care systems, to education and arts institutions, to small community-based human service organizations.  This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to conduct the financial management of a nonprofit entity. Through the use of readings, case studies, a class project and lecture, we will study financial statements, financial analysis, and accounting for non-profit organizations and international NGOs.  We will examine how the principles of financial management assist the nonprofit and NGO manager in making operating, budgeting, capital, and long-term financial planning decisions.  We will also explore contemporary ethical, accountability, and mission issues facing national and international organizations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 11198 Sarah Holloway W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 13200 Th F 1:00pm - 2:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U6320 Budgeting and Financial Management for Government. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social

Public sector budgeting in the US (and arguably at a global level) has become an increasingly contentious issue since the 2008 crisis and subsequent recession. This course will introduce students to the field of budgeting and fiscal management in the public sector. We will look at the special challenges of developing a budget within a political environment and the techniques used for management control. Additional topics may include taxes and other revenues, expenditure control, debt management, audits and productivity enhancement. Lectures will also discuss current events related to public sector budgeting on the local and state level. The course seeks to provide students with practical knowledge on budgetary decision-making. Drawing from both theory and case studies, students will acquire practical skills to help them design, implement and assess public sector budgets. The practical nature of the subject requires active participation from students, meaning they will engage in hands-on assignments such as periodical debates, case analyses and a budget cycle simulation. By the end of the semester, students are expected to a) conduct in-depth budgetary analyses, and b) formulate policy recommendations.  

SIPA U6400 Microeconomic Analysis for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics, MPA-DP
This course cannot be taken pass/fail

The objective of this course is to provide the students with the analytical tools used in economics. This course is the first part of a one-year sequence and focuses on microeconomic theory. At the end of the semester you will be able to understand the basic conceptual foundation of microeconomics and how microeconomic analysis can be used to examine public policy issues. The approach of the course is analytical, but you will also be required to discuss concrete applications. Finally one objective of the course is to serve as an introduction for more advanced or specialized economic classes.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 19696 Emanuele Gerratana M W 9:15am - 10:45am
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 63283 Emanuele Gerratana M W 11:00am - 12:30pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 003 60904 Emanuele Gerratana T Th 9:15am - 10:45am
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 004 66547 Emanuele Gerratana T Th 11:00am - 12:30pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 22497 F 11:15am - 12:45pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 22497 F 9:15am - 10:45am
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 23596 F 2:15pm - 3:45pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 23596 F 4:15pm - 5:45pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 27498 M 11:15am - 12:45pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 27498 M 2:15pm - 3:45pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R04 26031  

SIPA U6401 Macroeconomic Analysis for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Economics, MPA-DP
This course cannot be taken pass/fail

This course continues the one-year sequence initiated with U6400 and focuses on macroeconomics.  The goal of this course is to provide students with the analytical framework to examine and interpret observed economic events in the global economy.  The causal relationships between macroeconomic aggregates is based upon microeconomic principles.  The subject matter always refers to concrete situations with a particular focus on the causes and effects of the current global financial crisis.  The controversial nature of macroeconomic policies is central.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 83298 Andrea Bubula M W 9:15am - 10:45am
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 86798 Andrea Bubula M W 11:15am - 12:45pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 78696 Th 11:15am - 12:45pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 78696 Th 9:15am - 10:45am
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 82196  

SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis for International & Public Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Quantitative Analysis, MPA-DP
This course cannot be taken pass/fail

This survey course introduces students to the fundamentals of statistical analysis.  We will examine the principles and basic methods for analyzing quantitative data, with a focus on applications to problems in public policy, management, and the social sciences.  We will begin with simple statistical techniques for describing and summarizing data and build toward the use of more sophisticated techniques for drawing inferences from data and making predictions about the social world.  The course will assume that students have little mathematical background beyond high school algebra.  Students will be trained on STATA.  This powerful statistical package is frequently used to manage and analyze quantitative data in many organizational/institutional contexts.  Because each faculty member takes a somewhat different approach to teaching this course, students should examine each professor's syllabus to understand the differences.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 93599 Alan Yang T 11:00am - 12:50pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 96848 Alan Yang T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
410 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 004 88281 Doru Cojoc M 9:00am - 10:50am
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 005 92194 Doru Cojoc M 11:00am - 12:50pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 006 10532 Doru Cojoc M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 13648 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 13648 W 9:00am - 10:50am
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 16398 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 16398 F 9:00am - 10:50am
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 17097 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 17097 F 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R04 18200 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R04 18200 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R05 20897 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R05 20897 T 8:10pm - 10:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R06 21947 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R06 21947 Th 9:00am - 10:50am
510a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6800 Conceptual Foundations of International Politics. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MIA Core: Conceptual Foundations

Introduces central concepts and approaches from a variety of social science perspectives, particularly comparative politics and international relations, used to explain, analyze, and evaluate international politics and economics. Designed to help students think theoretically and analytically about leading issues in international affairs by introducing them to social science methods and scholarship and by exposing them to the uses of such concepts in practice, through examination of contemporary problems and challenges in international affairs.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 82549 Dipali Mukhopadhyay M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
417 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6804 Conceptual Foundations - Discussion. 4 Points.

Category: MIA, MIA Core: Conceptual Foundations

Through a review of major academic writings, lectures, and class discussion, Conceptual Foundations of International Politics examines many of the central concepts, theories, and analytical tools used in contemporary social science to understand and explain international affairs.  The theoretical literature is drawn from different fields in the social sciences, including comparative politics, international relations, political sociology and economics; the lecturers include members of the Columbia faculty who are authorities in these fields (as well as, in many cases, experienced practitioners in their own right).  The course is designed to enhance students' abilities to think critically and analytically about current problems and challenges in international politics.

Conceptual Foundations is a semester-long course.  The lecture/plenary session meets on Monday, and the seminar-style sections also meet every week.  Attending lectures and sections is obligatory, and students are required to do the assigned readings before their (6804) section because the readings and lectures form the basis of the discussion sections.  Students are expected to know when and where their sections meet.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 22849 Hisham Aidi M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 26198 Hisham Aidi T 11:00am - 12:50pm
402b International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 003 27598 Hisham Aidi T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 004 28536 Hisham Aidi T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 005 20956 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 006 69696 T 9:00am - 10:50am
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 007 77532 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 008 61598 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 009 77798 W 9:00am - 10:50am
501b International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 010 81997 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
418 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 011 83197 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 012 86047 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 013 87347 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U8500 Quantitative Methods in Program Evaluation and Policy Research. 3 Points.

Category: APEA, Management

Prerequisites: SIPA U6501

The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of how to perform some more advanced statistical methods useful in answering policy questions using observational or experimental data. It will also allow them to more critically review research published that claims to answer causal policy questions. The primary focus is on the challenge of answering causal questions that take the form "Did A cause B?" using data that do not conform to a perfectly controlled randomized study. Examples from real policy studies and quantitative program evaluations will be used throughout the course to illustrate key ideas and methods. First, we will explore how best to design a study to answer causal questions given the logistical and ethical constraints that exist. We will consider both experimental and quasi- experimental (observational studies) research designs, and then discuss several approaches to drawing causal inferences from observational studies including propensity score matching, interrupted time series designs, instrumental variables, difference in differences, fixed effects models, and regression discontinuity designs. As this course will focus on quantitative methods, a strong understanding of multivariate regression analysis is a prerequisite for the material covered. Students must have taken two semesters of statistics (U6500 & U6501 or the equivalent) and have a good working knowledge of STATA

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 28746 Alan Yang W 11:00am - 12:50pm
501b International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U9000 Capstone Workshop. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Capstone Workshop

Capstone workshops apply the practical skills and analytical knowledge learned at SIPA to a real-world issue. Students are organized into small consulting teams (typically 6 students per team) and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. Student teams, working under the supervision of a faculty expert, answer a carefully defined problem posed by the client. Each team produces an actionable report and an oral briefing of their findings at the close of the workshop that is designed to translate into real change on the ground. The Capstone is a graduation requirement for all Masters of Public Administration and Masters of International Affairs students; it is typically taken in the final semester at SIPA. Registration in this course requires an application, please visit: sipa.columbia.edu/academics/workshops/workshop-students for more information

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 80945 Mahima Achuthan, Nandini Ravichandran T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
823 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 85943 Kirsti Samuels F 11:00am - 12:50pm
823 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 003 89695 Allison Anderson W 11:00am - 12:50pm
823 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 004 93441 Ailsa Roell M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
823 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U9013 Internship. 0 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Internship
Section 001: 1.5-points, Section 002: 3-points

Internships are an integral part of the student experience at SIPA. Students in the MPA, MIA, MPA-DP, and PEPM degree programs are required to register for and conduct an internship as part of their academic coursework, but all students are encouraged to explore internships as part of their education and career development. Students have the option of registering for a maximum of three internship credits towards their degree. Students who want to earn internship credit for non-research internships will register for SIPA U9013 in the fall or spring semester; SIPA does not have summer internship registration. Students can register for either 1.5 (minimum of 120 internship hours) or 3 (minimum of 240 internship hours) internship credits. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 67347 Christina Ercole, Bader Akacem  
Fall 2017 002 67597 Christina Ercole, Bader Akacem  

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management. 3 points.

This course will begin by clearly defining what sustainability management is and determining if a sustainable economy is actually feasible. Students will learn to connect environmental protection to organizational management by exploring the technical, financial, managerial, and political challenges of effectively managing a sustainable environment and economy. This course is taught in a case-based format and will seek to help students learn the basics of management, environmental policy and sustainability economics. Sustainability management matters because we only have one planet, and we must learn how to manage our organizations in a way that ensures that the health of our planet can be maintained and bettered. This course is designed to introduce students to the field of sustainability management. It is not an academic course that reviews the literature of the field and discusses how scholars thing about the management of organizations that are environmentally sound. It is a practical course organized around the core concepts of sustainability.

Spring 2017: SUMA PS4100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SUMA 4100 001/72497 Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Howard Apsan 3 77/80
Fall 2017: SUMA PS4100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SUMA 4100 001/89030 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Steven Cohen 3 28/75
SUMA 4100 002/61029 Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Steven Caputo 3 10/75