STEM Policies

Beginning Fall 2021, the following four programs will be classified as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM-designated fields:

  •  MPA in Economic Policy Management – in the Econometrics and Quantitative Economics field
  •  MPA in Development Practice – in the Sustainability Studies field
  • combined curriculum of the International Finance & Economic Policy Concentration and the Data Analytics & Quantitative Analysis Specialization -- in the Econometrics and Quantitative Economics field (this applies to both the MIA and MPA degree programs)
  • combined curriculum of the Energy and Environment Concentration (E&E) and the Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis Specialization (DAQA) – in the Environmental Studies field (this also applies to both the MIA and MPA degree programs)
  • in addition, the MPA in Environmental Science & Policy has been STEM-designated for a number of years – in the Environmental Studies field
  • no other program or combination has been authorized at this time

Beginning Fall 2021, new full-time SIPA students are eligible to complete any of the four new STEM programs. Continuing students in Fall 2021 must complete at least two additional full-time semesters (i.e., Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) and fulfill all program requirements to qualify for the STEM designation. 

There are no additional requirements for STEM-eligibility beyond the standard requirements for each program.

Special notes about the IFEP/DAQA and E&E/DAQA combinations:

  • there are no special requirements in the MIA or MPA core for students to graduate with a STEM-designated degree
  • there is no special STEM-designated pathway within the IFEP/DAQA or E&E/DAQA combinations. All students completing these combinations, regardless of focus area, will graduate with a STEM-designated degree
  • students in IFEP and E&E may not double count any courses required for DAQA with their Concentration requirements. This policy applies to all students in IFEP and E&E. For example, IFEP students in the Economic Policy Focus Area (IFEP-EP) may not double count INAF U6501 Quantitative Analysis II for IFEP, because it is a requirement for DAQA; IFEP will list other econometric courses that will substitute for U6501 for IFEP-EP students
  • in accordance with existing SIPA policies, students who pass the proficiency exam for SIPA U6500 Quantitative Analysis or SIPA U6200 Accounting have demonstrated proficiency in those respective topics and do not need to take an additional course in those areas to fulfill Core requirements
  • in accordance with existing DAQA policy, students who pass the SIPA U6501 proficiency examination must take a substitute DAQA course and complete a total of 9 credits in DAQA (please consult DAQA for a list of courses that fulfill this requirement)

Special note for GPPN students:

  • all GPPN dual degree programs require students to complete 30 credits at SIPA, and SIPA recognizes 24 credits completed at the partner university. Beginning Fall 2021 and going forward, GPPN students may transfer one 3-credit course toward their SIPA Concentration and one 3-credit course toward their Specialization. This policy applies to all students in GPPN dual degree programs