The 2018-19 MPA Program Handbook is your manual for navigating the Cornell MPA degree program. It outlines the components of the CIPA curriculum, and details degree requirements and academic standards. It also provides general registration information and course advice.

This program handbook is designed to help you—with the guidance of your faculty advisor—create a program of study that is appropriate to your interests and career aspirations.

Please note: Students are required to complete program requirements as defined by the Program Handbook and Course Guide that was published when they matriculated.  For example, students beginning their studies in fall semester of 2018 or spring semester of 2019 will be working under the guidelines established in the 2018-19 Handbook. Students who began in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018 will be working under the 2017-18 CIPA Program Handbook.

View the 2018-19 CIPA Handbook

View the 2017-18 CIPA Handbook