International Affairs, Master | Columbia University | Manhattan, United States
21 months
35993 USD/year
35993 USD/year
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International Affairs students at Columbia University acquire the substantive knowledge, practical skills and real-world experience to address the big issues of international affairs. The curriculum integrates Columbia University’s unsurpassed academic choices with extensive experiential learning, including capstone workshop projects with organizations around the world.


Students in the International Affairs program from Columbia University pursue a customizable core curriculum, including a wide range of courses on international politics and political economy. 

Students also choose from a broad range of majors:  International Security Policy, International Finance and Economic Policy, Economic and Political Development, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, Energy and Environment, and Urban and Social Policy. 

Graduates join a dynamic network of MIA alumni in leading organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors around the world.

Career Paths

  • MIA graduates work around the world in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 
  • Recent employers include the United Nations, U.S. Departments of State and Defense, foreign ministries abroad, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company, the International Rescue Committee, and many others.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Conceptual Foundations of International Politics
  • Analysis of Public Sector Organizations
  • Effective Management in the Public Service
  • Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Sustainability Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Essay questions (Personal Statement, Short Essay, and/or Optional Essay)
  • Video Essay
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Quantitative & Language Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 required and 1 optional for all programs; MPA-ESP requires 3 letters)
  • Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and beyond)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (international students only). Required if your native language is not English or if your undergraduate degree was not taught in English.
  • Cambridge English
  • PTE
  • Duolingo English
  • Optional Fellowship Essays (Essay prompts vary per program, but all applicants are eligible for select fellowships if they apply by their respective fellowship deadlines)
  • $95.00 USD non-refundable Application Fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62988 USD for the full programme during 21 months.
  • National

    35993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62988 USD for the full programme during 21 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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