SIPA 4+1 Pathway for Accelerated Graduate Study

Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)


The SIPA 4+1 gives students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a  Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in five years. Students may apply in the second semester of their junior year. 

Attend a SIPA 4+1 Pathway Overview Session

Explore the SIPA 4+1 Pathways with faculty advisors. Sessions will provide an overview of the eligibility and application requirements for the SIPA 4+1 Pathways. Students must attend a pathway-specific overview session in order to move forward with an individual session.

Make an Appointment with Beyond Barnard

In this appointment, students will discuss specific application deadlines and receive support with application materials. Students will be matched with a faculty advisor for academic guidance, course planning, and sequencing.

Make an Appointment with a 4+1 Faculty Advisor

In this appointment, students will meet with the faculty advisor dedicated to supporting the specific pathway of interest. Students will utilize this meeting to map out a course plan in line with the eligibility requirements for the 4+1 program of interest.

Stay Informed

Follow Beyond Barnard for updates, announcements, events, and resources surrounding 4+1.

Submitting Your Application

Application deadlines vary by pathway. Students should verify submission deadlines with Beyond Barnard. Students should meet with the faculty advisor to verify course approvals and Beyond Barnard to review application materials before submission.

Once Enrolled

Beyond Barnard supports 4+1 pathway students throughout their matriculation in the graduate program. Students are grouped into cohorts and participate in workshops, events, and experiential programming. Students are encouraged to utilize Beyond Barnard services throughout their program.