Dual Degree - Columbia University

A Founding Dual Degree in International Affairs

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Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) share the conviction that the best education for future policy experts and senior decision-makers in international affairs is the product of the combination of a solid multidisciplinary base in social sciences and an in-depth specialization.

Building on the complementary approaches of two prestigious institutions with rich and diverse academic traditions, Sciences Po (PSIA) and Columbia University (SIPA), both members of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), decided as early as 2000 to combine their strengths and offer a dual Master’ s degree program in International Affairs.

Since 2000, more than 80 students have graduated from the PSIA / SIPA dual degree in International Affairs. Dual degree alumni are currently working in Paris, New York, London, Geneva, Copenhagen, Pristina, Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo and even Sao Paulo, within institutions as various as the International Rescue Committee, Goldman Sachs, the World Bank, Doctors without Borders, the European Commission, Air France or Bloomberg LP.

The dual degree program in international affairs open to all candidates worldwide.


In keeping with Sciences Po’s centennial tradition of excellence, PSIA offers cutting-edge education to tomorrow’s leaders in international affairs.  Responding  to the tremendous shifts witnessed today in world, PSIA doesn’t simply train the world’s future decision-makers for their next job, but rather, educates future leaders for significant careers that can make a difference in international and global affairs tomorrow.

The PSIA curriculum strongly emphasises specialisation and “craft” by awarding seven different Master degree programs and offers 24 concentration programs, equipping students with common conceptual and methodological tools needed to contextualise and embrace intersections within contemporary world issues by building bridges between programs. 

Founded on a strong triple anchorage inherited from Sciences Po– university, research, practice – PSIA embodies Sciences P’s academic excellence, French expertise in world politics and the best practices of similar schools across the globe. 

With 1600 students coming from 105 countries, taught by world-renowned professors and practitioners, PSIA rises as a vibrant global pulse in Europe and a primary platform for global debate.


Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs provides its students with the skills and knowledge to pursue distinguished careers in government, business, media, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and international organizations. Its faculty, students, and alumni are committed to enhancing the public good-providing social services, supporting human rights, building markets, protecting the environment, and resolving conflicts.

SIPA students are from a variety of backgrounds, and half of SIPA’s approximately 1,200 students are international, coming from around one hundred countries.

For additional information: https://sipa.columbia.edu/academics/dual-degree-programs/international-dual-degrees/sipa-miasciences-po-paris-dual-degree

For more information about admission: http://www.sciencespo.fr/admissions/en/content/graduate-dual-degrees

Program overview

All Dual Degree Students spend their first year at Sciences Po and their second year at Columbia University.

Year 1 at Sciences Po

During the first year of the dual degree at Sciences Po, students join the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).

Academic Program:

The following Masters programs are offered by PSIA in the dual degree program: 

Important guidelines for students entering the Dual Degree program in 2020

We encourage you to use the core mapping below as a reference and guide to course selection to meet SIPA core requirements while enrolled at PSIA.

Programs at PSIA 2020-2021

Programs at PSIA 2020-2021


Sciences Po:

Catarina Laranjeira, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Paris School of International Affairs - Email


Urbano T. Garza, Senior Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs - Email

Alleyne Waysome, Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs - Email

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