CIPA offers rolling admissions. To receive consideration for funding, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Complementary Cornell Undergrad-to-MPA Program

CIPA currently has agreements in place with undergraduate and graduate programs at Cornell, which allow students to apply up to 12 credits of applicable coursework (typically 4000-level and above) from one program to the other. Pursuing this option can reduce the time toward degree completion by approximately one semester.

Undergraduate programs that currently have agreements in place include:

  • Department of Policy Analysis and Management
  • Department of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Department of Sociology
  • Cornell University Leadership Minor

Cornell undergraduates from other programs not listed are encouraged to apply and CIPA leadership will reach out to the corresponding department to initiate an agreement.

If you are interested in pursuing this accelerated opportunity, please contact the CIPA Office at 607-255-8018 or cipa@cornell.edu to schedule an appointment with the Director of Graduate Studies to review your transcripts and discuss a possible course of study with CIPA. This discussion would best occur in your sophomore or junior year to work out congruence between undergraduate and graduate studies. If you are currently a senior, it is not too late to apply but you should reach out to our office as soon as possible to begin the application process.

Our admission team looks for students with a commitment to public service who have experience in a leadership capacity. To prepare yourself for admission to the MPA program, consider pursuing internship opportunities and student leadership roles that allow you to build this experience.