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Shaping the future of policy through innovation

Leveraging its location in New York City and at Columbia University, SIPA’s thought leadership and resources position it at the hub of digital innovation and policy. Through a series of initiatives developed in the last decade, SIPA has accelerated its commitment to curricular innovation, experiential learning, and scholarship at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.


Our students are seizing the policy, research, and entrepreneurial opportunities created by digital technology, and I believe SIPA’s research on complex geopolitical and economic challenges must include consideration of digital policy developments around the world.”

Merit e. janow, dean, school of international and public affairs, reimagining policymaking for the 21st century.

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SIPA’s Tech and Policy Initiative launched in 2014 with critical support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Since that time, SIPA has acted as a convener, using its position at Columbia and in New York City to engage young scholars and tenure-track professors and working to bridge the gap between policymakers, business leaders, and academics.

Since its founding, the initiative has been home to leading research scholars like Jason Healey , Greg Rattray , Laura DeNardis , Ronaldo Lemos , and many more.

In 2016, SIPA received a grant from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation to support new initiatives emphasizing entrepreneurship and innovation stemming from both information and communications technology (ICT) and digital technology, along with their intersection with public policy globally. 

The Tech and Policy initiative is also home to the Niejelow Rodin Global Digital Futures Policy Forum , which has convened multi-sector experts from around the world to explore policy responses to the emerging challenges of digital transformation. Digital dependence helped protect the global economy from the disruptive force of the COVID-19 pandemic even as it multiplied the risks posed by domestic and international threats.

Among the initiative's many achievements are the New York Cyber Task Force report, entitled “Building a Defensible Cyberspace,” and the ongoing Project on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability (CRFS) .

Mapping Data Flows 

Startled by the little control users have over their data, a team of SIPA students and alumni around Senior Research Scholar John Batelle developed an interactive visualization that helps users understand how large technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet.

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Senior Research Scholar John Batelle (right) was joined by researchers for a presentation on data mapping.

Collaborating across Campus for a Safer Cyberspace

Recognizing the importance of secure cyberspace, SIPA scholars forged cross-campus partnerships like Cybersecurity: Technology, Policy, and Law, a course cotaught by Jason Healey with colleagues from the Computer Science department and Columbia Law School designed to give students a holistic, cross-disciplinary overview of cyberpolicy. 

Healey, along with a dozen other SIPA faculty , has a joint appointment with the University’s Data Science Institute, which fosters collaborations across Columbia to advance techniques to interpret data and address pressing societal problems.

Merit Janow is committed to bringing all things cyber and digital to the School. We’ve developed a robust program of research, events, and coursework that have made SIPA a hub for the study of cybersecurity and technology policy and our students are not only the main recipients but our best partners.”

Jason healey senior research scholar, where ideas and impact meet.

Founded in 2016 thanks to a multi-year grant from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, SIPA’s Entrepreneurship and Policy Initiative focuses on four core areas of research — global education technology, digital currency, urban innovation in cities, and the internet of things (IOT). The Initiative supports numerous curricular innovations and campus-wide partnerships  which allow students to employ the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to solve real-life problems. 

Support for Student Entrepreneurship

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In partnership with Columbia Entrepreneurship , SIPA has expanded opportunities for students at the intersection of entrepreneurship, research and technology. Most significantly, the Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant — an entrepreneurship competition supporting innovative student projects that leverage digital technologies and data to develop practical solutions to problems — has supported 328 students with $1,065,197 in total funding since launching in 2014. 

Additionally, the COVID-19 Response Challenge and the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) competition encourage students to develop digital technology ventures using information and communications technology solutions (ICTs) and data analytics to improve society practically, with a special focus on addressing COVID-19’s impact.

SIPA students and alumni have also enjoyed SIPA’s participation in the Columbia Startup Lab , an incubator space in downtown Manhattan facilitated by Columbia Entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 2014, the Lab has been home to 10 SIPA startups, with a total of 20 alumni entrepreneurs. 

Innovative Curriculum for the Future of Policy

SIPA has developed an array of innovative classes for policy students around topics related to cybersecurity, internet governance, and the digital economy, as well as Capstone workshops providing students with practical experiences on such cutting-edge issues. Some examples include; Internet Governance, Human Rights, and Inclusive Policymaking (in the Digital Age); Cyber Risks and Vulnerabilities; and Democracy, Policy, and Digital Governance.


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The Double Master of Public Administration (MPA) offers students the unique opportunity to study at two internationally renowned institutions, the LSE’s School of Public Policy, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

The double degree candidates will profit from the extensive resources available in London and New York City, as well as the global reach of the combined alumni networks of both schools. Throughout the two-year programme students will develop essential skills in core disciplines of public policy and will benefit from the resources, networks and opportunities of two historic institutions in the vibrant cities of London and New York.  

In their first year of study, students will experience being a part of LSE’s international community in the heart of London. They will draw upon the unique institutional strengths of LSE’s School of Public Policy to develop key skills in political science, economics and quantitative analysis alongside an understanding of the principles underlying good public policy. Students will complete their first year equipped with the skills and practical tools to be able to confidently analyse and address real-world policy challenges.  

The second year at SIPA will build upon the methodological skills gained at LSE and provide students with the substantive knowledge of a policy concentration. Through the completion of a Capstone Project, students will have the opportunity to gain professional experience and apply their learnings to a real-world problem in policy and management. Students will work in teams of 6-8 students to provide external clients with innovative analysis and practical recommendations based on the skills learned throughout their studies at LSE and Columbia University.

As they advance in their career, graduates will benefit from the expertise, resources and international alumni networks of both prestigious institutions and will be equipped with the skills and experience to confidently engage with complex policy issues in national and global policy making.  

Key features: 

  • Study at two prestigious institutions  in two international cities  – Year One at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Year Two at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York.   
  • Academic core skills (Year 1 - LSE) - rigorous empirical training, particularly in micro- and macro-economics, political science and quantitative methods of analysis. 
  • Concentrations and specialisations (Year 2 – SIPA) – Students will tailor their learning by selecting a policy concentration and specialisation focused on a skill or area of specialised knowledge from the broad curriculum.
  • Capstone Project (Year 2 - SIPA) - an opportunity to engage on a live consulting project with external clients where students practically apply their learnings and work on a real-world policy challenge.
  • With diverse, international student bodies at both institutions, students benefit from being exposed to a range of different perspectives and the opportunity to be a part of an international community with alumni in over 150 countries .
  • Opportunity to qualify to apply for a post-study work visa in the USA -  STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics) designation conveys recognition as a science, engineering, or math-intensive program, and it qualifies graduates who are on F-1 student visas to apply for up to three years of practical training through work experience in the United States after finishing their degree. Students can pursue a STEM  designated degree by pursuing the combined curriculum of the  International Finance and Economic Policy  concentration and the  Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis  specialization in the Econometrics and Quantitative Economics field or the combined curriculum of the  Energy and Environment  concentration and the  Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis  specialization in the Environmental Studies field.

Programme details

Entry requirements, minimum entry requirements .

A BA degree or equivalent in any discipline with the following classifications:

· A minimum Upper Second Class (2:1) in the UK system or international equivalent grade, in any subject discipline.

There is no formal requirement for previous professional work experience, but students starting the LSE MPA normally have one year of professional experience and many have two or more years of experience. Most successful applicants for the Columbia SIPA MPA have had at least three years of work or internship experience relevant to their intended course of study.

Candidates must also be able to provide proof of English Language Proficiency to LSE’s ‘Higher’ level.

Competition for places is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our  Information for International Students  to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

When to apply.

Application deadline: 17 March 2024

To be considered for the programme applicants will need to submit a complete application for admission to LSE by the deadline of 17 March 2024. A complete application for admission means that the programme application has been submitted, all necessary documents have been uploaded, the application assessment fee has been paid and both referees have replied to their reference requests.

Please note that submitted applications will be considered prior to the closing date, so we encourage applicants to submit their application as early as possible.  

Application process

Applicants for this programme will need to apply for the LSE/Columbia MPA double degree programme directly via the LSE application process. Applicants do not need to apply separately for the MPA programmes at both universities.  

All applications are considered by an admissions panel composed of representatives from both LSE and Columbia SIPA. 

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades) - relevant professional experience - statement of academic purpose - two references - CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE.  See our English language requirements .

Data sharing

Double degrees and certain other degrees and scholarships require that LSE shares personal data with another university or partner. In our agreements we will use the School’s standard data sharing template for universities and partners in the  EU and EEA  and in an  adequate country .  Standard contract clauses  will be used for any other country. If you have any questions about this or how your personal data will be treated by LSE, please contact the Data Protection Officer, Rachael Maguire, via[email protected]  or check our  Student Privacy Notice .

Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2024/25 .

Year one (LSE): £30,792 (2024/25)  Year two (Columbia - SIPA): View Columbia fees webpages  for detailed information regarding fees and additional supplementary costs (provisional)

The LSE Table of Fees shows the latest tuition amounts for all programmes offered by the School.

Funding for first year at London School of Economics & Political Science

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The year one LSE fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

For this programme, the LSE tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However, any financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a home or as an overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Fee reductions

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a  fee reduction  of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

Funding for the first year at lse.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the  Graduate Support Scheme ,  Master's Awards , and  Anniversary Scholarships . You must apply for these needs-based awards from LSE, during your first year of study. Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline. Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 25 April 2024 .

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.  Find out more about financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Funding for the second year at Columbia University (SIPA)

Year two (Columbia - SIPA): View Columbia fees webpages  for detailed information regarding fees and supplementary costs (provisional)

SIPA funding is awarded without regard to citizenship, and many international students receive fellowships, scholarships and assistantships while enrolled at SIPA. 

Students may be eligibility for SIPA Assistantships. Find out more information:  or

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.  

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students . 

1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page). 

2) Go to the International Students section of our website. 

3) Select your country. 

4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page 

Programme structure and courses

Preparation before your arrival.

Prior to your arrival at LSE you will receive details about optional readings and online learning materials which are designed to help you to prepare for the programme. 

MPA Double Degree Welcome & Introductory Teaching 

From mid-September (exact date TBC) you will need to attend MPA Double Degree welcome events and introductory teaching sessions. These will take place prior to the start of the LSE Autumn Term dates. The welcome sessions include campus enrolment, a programme introduction and compulsory introductory teaching in mathematics and statistics.

If you have not studied mathematics and statistics for some time, the introductory teaching provides a challenging but accessible introduction to some of the key skills and techniques required for the degree. For other students, it serves as a refresher course.

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In the first year, you will take three compulsory courses, in micro- and macro-economics, political science and public policy and quantitative approaches and policy analysis. These provide a rigorous foundation to support you during the rest of the degree. 


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Micro and Macro Economics for Public Policy   You will learn macro- and micro- economic concepts, models and methods suitable for appraising policy, applicable in a wide variety of contexts. This includes the study of demand and supply, the labour market, public goods, market failure, inflation and monetary policy, fiscal policy and debt, and exchange rates. 

Political Science and Public Policy You will learn concepts and models for understanding the behaviour of political actors and why they lead to particular outcomes. This includes the study of voting, political parties, interest groups, legislative politics, corruption, democratisation and ethnic conflict. These tools are essential for designing policy interventions to achieve desired future outcomes. 

Quantitative Approaches and Policy Analysis You will learn skills for the quantitative evaluation of public policies, such as causal relationships; randomised control trials; difference-in-difference estimation; instrumental variables; regression discontinuity designs and cost-benefit analysis.

You are also required to choose one unit of courses from a list of choices to further develop core skills but in a direction you choose – see below. Your choice of option courses (electives) should be based on your academic strengths and interests.

Course options/electives: Courses to the value of one unit from the following course options.

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant LSE  School Calendar page .     

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Concentration and Specialization courses  

All students have to choose:

One concentration , consisting of five courses

One specialisation , consisting of three courses .

Students can choose to concentrate in Economic and Political Development , Energy and Environment , Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy , International Finance and Economic Policy , International Security Policy , or Urban and Social Policy .

The list of specialisations can be found at the following link: .

The student’s second year curriculum will therefore be dependent on what they choose to concentrate and specialise in.

Capstone Workshop

All students are required to enrol in a faculty-supervised Capstone workshop which give them an opportunity to put learning into practice. More information can be found here:

Most courses are assessed with a combination of exams, written assignments, class participation, and group projects depending on what is best suited to the subject matter.

Our students

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Our LSE SPP degree programmes attract a highly diverse range of students from all over the globe. In 2022 we welcomed an intake of 350 students representing 50+ nationalities.

The LSE SPP offers three MPA double degree programmes with partner schools, Columbia SIPA, Toronto University and Sciences Po. Our MPA double degrees are a special cohort of approx 15 students per partner school programme. They benefit from belonging to a smaller cohort whilst also learning alongside our larger MPA cohort of 90 students.  

There is no formal work experience requirement, however our students have a wide range of prior experience. Our MPA students have an average of 3.5 years' working experience.

We welcome students from wide-ranging areas of expertise including economics, law, social sciences, political science, business and international relations.   

Their combined experience encourages a reflective approach to study that draws on skills and experience gained prior to the programme. This diversity is a major strength, providing many different national, economic and societal perspectives to problems and solutions of public policy. 

School of Public Policy student groups, networks and development opportunities:

Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)

The  Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)  is an elected body of SPP students that serve as a resource for the student community. Throughout the academic year, the APPS’s numerous committees and initiatives provide opportunities for students to engage with other classmates in professional and social activities.

Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT)

The Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT) Competition gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in impact investing by sourcing and conducting due diligence on real-world, early-stage impact investment opportunities. The MIINT is supported by  LSE's Marshall Institute . Find out more  about the experience from our 2022 participants .  

Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between 7 prestigious universities in public policy. GPPN is a platform for institutional partnership, research collaboration, and student exchange. Members of the GPPN have organised an annual international conference for the students and deans from member schools to meet and discuss pressing issues of global public policy. GPPN members have also established exchange and dual degrees programs, allowing students to benefit from this international network of the most prestigious public affairs schools in the world.

Womxn’s Network

The School of Public Policy’s (SPP) Womxn’s Network is a student-run organisation focused on the advancement and empowerment of students within the SPP and broader LSE community who are marginalised by the intersectionalities of gender and/or sexuality .  The Network aims to further encourage the inclusion of marginalised voices within policymaking through various events and forums designed to promote learning and open discussion.

Public Sphere Journal (PSJ)

The Public Sphere Journal (PSJ) is a journal of international policy studies produced by SPP students which features evidence-based research in economic policy, public management, international affairs, development studies and social policy. The PSJ offers students an opportunity to combine their unique professional and personal experiences to create a journal of international policy studies, from the initial call for papers through to the print and launch.  

Policy in Practice (PiP) seminars

We run regular seminars through the year to connect you with policy practitioners in a range of fields, either to learn more about the work of particular organisations and sectors or to develop new skills. These seminars provide students with an opportunity to connect classroom learning to real world scenarios. 

SPP Professional Skills Accelerator

The SPP also offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy which is especially designed to complement the skills and insights that you gain as part of your programme curriculum and equip you with the necessary skills for the next step in your career.  

You will benefit from a series of training workshops with experienced practitioners and experts in key areas of professional development such as leadership, negotiation and persuasive communication.

LSE student societies and activities

Your time at LSE is not just about studying, there are plenty of ways to get involved in  extracurricular activities . From joining one of over 200 societies, or starting your own society, to volunteering for a local charity, or attending a public lecture by a world-leading figure, there is a lot to choose from.

Life in London 

As a student at LSE you’ll be based at our central London campus. Find out what our campus and London have to offer you on academic, social and career perspective. 

LSE is based on one  campus  in the centre of London. Despite the busy feel of the surrounding area, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community. 

London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. It's also an academic city, with more than 400,000 university students. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital. Make the most of career opportunities and social activities, theatre, museums, music and more. 

Want to find out more? Read why we think  London is a fantastic student city , find out about  key sights, places and experiences for new Londoners . Don't fear, London doesn't have to be super expensive: hear about  London on a budget . 

Studying at Columbia University (SIPA)  (Year 2)

Sipa students.

SIPA students and faculty come from nearly 100 countries, with approximately half of the student body from overseas. Varied student organizations like the Columbia SIPA Veterans Association, SIPA Pan-African Network, and Gender Policy Working Group provide opportunities for intellectual exploration, social activities, and more.

Find out more about SIPA students

Life in New York City

Renowned for its parks, theatres, museums, restaurants, and cultural events, New York City is an incredibly exciting and dynamic place to live. Exploring the city is one of the great joys of being part of the Columbia community.

As a student at Columbia University you'll participate in a practicum designed to meet the needs of real-world clients. You'll hear from visiting heads of state, government leaders, and business executives. You can gain experience during the semester as an intern—at the United Nations, a major private company, or a small non-profit organization. In New York City and around the world, SIPA students see the impact of public policy and apply the lessons to the next challenge. 

One of the integral functions of the Office of Student Affairs at SIPA is supporting and facilitating co-curricular activities and opportunities which will enhance your life on campus. A vibrant array of student groups organize programming on a variety of issues in international and public affairs, along with social events and community service. Learn about SIPA networking resources, publications, and campus services that will add value to your graduate school experience.  Find out more here .

Careers support

Support for your career.

The LSE-Columbia (SIPA) MPA double degree provides students with the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience to give them a head start over other graduates in seeking post-study employment in a relevant sector. The double degree is an excellent career decision with many global employers attracted to both the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of the course. The degree equips professionals with the skills to make an immediate impact for employers in the public sector, private companies, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations around the world.

Students will benefit from the careers support, resources and networks of both prestigious institutions. 

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LSE Careers Consultants make sure that you get the best possible support in developing your career plans during your time studying. Whether you know already the career you are aiming for, or simply the general direction you want they can help guide and develop your ideas to present your skills and experience to employers in the best possible way.

In particular students at LSE have access to:

  • careers discussions  with the School of Public Policy's Careers Consultant
  • a weekly  Careers newsletter , compiled by a student employee, with relevant short-term and long-term opportunities
  • MPA-only discussions to employers  (often MPA alumni) including through visits to offices to discuss career options and learn about different employment sectors
  • specialist careers seminars  run by LSE Careers, including sessions on CVs and cover letters, career management, networking, interviews and advice specific to particular employment sectors
  • access to LSE Careerhub , with thousands of short-term and long-term opportunities including internships

The MPA also offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy (PSPP). This includes a series of weekend workshops throughout the degree, giving students a chance to gain accreditation in different areas of PSPP. These focus on key aspects of your development as a public policy professional, e.g., communicating for public policy, decision-making, negotiation, and leadership.

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year. LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the  support available.

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Through career advising, a professional development course, career events, recruitment and employer outreach programs, and networking opportunities, the Career Advancement Center provides students and alumni with the necessary tools to successfully manage their professional development throughout their careers.

Find out more about careers support and resources at SIPA:  Career Advancement Center | Columbia SIPA

Teaching and assessment

Assessment at LSE

Teaching hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the  Calendar  within the Teaching section of each  course guide .

All taught courses include formative coursework which does not contribute towards the final grade. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. We use a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant  course guide .

Assessment at Columbia

Most courses are assessed with a combination of exams, written assignments, class participation, and group projects depending on what is best suited to the subject matter. 

More information on assessment can be found here:

Events and contact us

Information events.

SPP Information Sessions

Throughout the year we will be hosting online  SPP programme information sessions for prospective students . These sessions provide an opportunity for prospective students to interact with our faculty and students to find out more about a specific SPP programme. Details of upcoming sessions can be found on our website and we also encourage you to  register your interest  to hear more about our upcoming sessions.

LSE information events and videos

LSE also have a number of webinars, videos, student blogs and student video diaries which will help you gain an insight into what it's like to study more broadly at LSE   Experience LSE from home . 

LSE representatives also travel around the world to meet with prospective students at information fairs and events  Find details on LSE's upcoming visits . 

Come on a guided campus tour, attend an undergraduate open day, drop into our office or go on a self-guided tour.  Find out about opportunities to visit LSE . 


LSE Graduate Admissions Knowledge Base  (An online resource for quick answers)

For applicants and offer holders when information is not available via the Knowledge Base please contact : Spp.admission[email protected]  (please state your LSE ID number in the title)

Fees and Funding queries:  Visit  LSE Financial Support Office webpages

Visa queries:  Visit  LSE Student Advice and Engagement webpages

Year 1 programme (LSE) queries: Double Degree Programmes at London School of Economics and Political Science Email: [email protected]

Year 2 programme (Columbia SIPA) queries Email : Alleyne Waysome  [email protected]  or Urbano Garza  [email protected]

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You can find out more about SPP activities, faculty news, upcoming events and student life by connecting with us on social media:

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LSE SPP Instagram  @lsepublicpolicy

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Each year, the CPE program plans to offer 4-8 full scholarships (Chinese Government Scholarship and Shanghai Government Scholarship A type) which support tuition and housing and 2-5 partial scholarships (Shanghai Government Scholarship B type) which support tuition. For self-fund students, the school will offer different kinds of scholarship to support the second year of study. In 2012, 14 of our 21 CPE students won full or partial scholarships. In May 2013, 2 of the 7 self-fund students won Excellent Foreign Self-fund Student’s Scholarship.

Public Policy Master’s Program (Master of Public Administration, English-taught program)

Master of China's Public Policy (MCPP) is a global academic program that is offered by School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to fresh university graduates and experienced professional. The course mainly focuses on the principles of public administration, public policy management and its implementation. The course is taught by experienced professionals. The learning takes place under an instructional framework, where theory is paired with seminars, contemporary case studies and discussion sessions.

The program affords a distinct advantage to the aspiring practitioners and researchers alike, by enhancing their professional skills, familiarizing them with a public manager’s challenges. During the coursework, the students will polish their analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. The program enables the students to assume effective leadership roles in the society.

Public Administration Doctor’s Program (Ph.D. Program of Public Administration, English-taught program)

This program is open to fresh university graduates as well as the experienced professionals and the government officials from different countries, and is designed to train those students in the field of public affairs, public administration, and public policy.

The program aims to

■ provide students with an opportunity to develop functional expertise, strategic perspectives, and public policy management tools that they require to operate effectively in a changing public policy environment or to understand such an environment.

■ introduce students the techniques of policy analysis and program evaluation to resolve complex multi-dimensional policy challenges, as well as sharpen their leadership and communication skills.

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School Library Certification - MLIS

Learning Outcomes of this Program Meet the ALA/AASL/CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2019) and the South Carolina ADEPT (Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching) Standards for Library Media Specialists.

Foundations in Library and Information Science

Candidates complete the core courses (ISCI 701 and ISCI 705), the materials courses (ISCI 756 and ISCI 757), the curriculum and technology integration courses (ISCI 706, ISCI 742, and ISCI 761), and the reference sources and services course (ISCI 703), and two elective courses approved by the school library faculty and staff, before enrolling in ISCI 720.

Recommended order of courses for the Program of Study:

701, 706, 703, (course elective), 756, (course elective), 757, 761, 705, 742, 720, 794 (720 and 794 are capstone courses)

School Library Program Development (ISCI 720) is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for enrollment in ISCI 794 (the internship). Enrollment in ISCI 794 (internship) is handled through SIS Student Services.

Candidates without a current teaching certificate will be seeking Initial Certification, and must complete four education courses (see below) before enrolling in ISCI 742 and completing two internships.  

It is strongly recommended that candidates complete ISCI 706 with ISCI 701 in the first semester, or as a second course after completing ISCI 701. It also is strongly recommended that candidates complete ISCI 703 and 706 before enrolling in ISCI 756, 757, 761, 705 and 742.


Core (6 hours)

  • ISCI 701 - Ethics, Values, and Founding Principles of LIS Profession
  • ISCI 705 - Research Design and Evaluation

Elective Courses (6 hours = 2 classes, to be chosen from the following options)

  • ISCI 600 - Storytelling
  • ISCI 704 - Leadership in Information Organizations
  • ISCI 718 - History of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • ISCI 728 - Public Library Systems
  • ISCI 741- Educational Services in Library and Information Organization
  • ISCI 751- Libraries, Literacy, and Literature
  • ISCI 752 - Diversity in Libraries
  • ISCI 754 - Library Programming for Children and Young Adults
  • ISCI 755 - Popular Materials and Programming for Adults
  • ISCI 759 - Material for Early Childhood
  • ISCI 760 - Materials and Services for Latino Youth
  • ISCI 764 - Universal Design and Accessibility for Youth
  • ISCI 765 - Planning Library Facilities
  • ISCI 781 - Critical Cultural Information Studies
  • ISCI 782 - Social Justice Storytelling and Advocacy
  • All Special Topics Courses – ISCI 797 Special Topics in Information Services

**These courses will be available on a rotating basis, not every semester.

Material Selection (6 hours)

  • ISCI 756 Children’s Materials
  • ISCI 757 Young Adult Materials

Curriculum and Technology Integration (9 hours)

  • ISCI 706 Information Organization and Access
  • ISCI 742 Curricular Role of the School Librarian [Students who are not certified teachers must complete four required education courses before enrolling in 742]
  • ISCI 761 Information Technologies in the School Library Program

**ISCI 706 is a pre-requisite for ISCI 761 and 742 

Reference Sources and Services (3 hours)

  • ISCI 703 Reference and Instruction

** Co- or pre-requisite for 742

Capstone Courses (6 or 9 hours)

  • ISCI 720 School Library Program Development The pre-requisite for enrolling in ISCI 720 is successful completion of ISCI 701, 703, 705, 706, 756, 757, 742, 761, two electives, as well as all required education courses (if seeking initial certification).
  • ISCI 794 Internship in Information Science (3 or 6 hours) ISCI 720 is a co- or a pre-requisite for requesting enrollment in ISCI 794.

Foundations in Education Candidates who hold a current and valid teaching license must submit a photocopy of their certificate to the School of Information Science Student Services Office. Candidates who hold a current and valid teaching certificate are not required to complete the education courses listed below.

Candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate must complete all required education courses prior to enrolling in 742 and the capstone courses (ISCI 720 and ISCI 794). Candidates must earn a grade of “B” or better in all courses that are used to meet the “Foundations in Education” requirements.

Education Course Requirements

Exceptional Children (One course required)

  • EDEX 523 - Introduction to Exceptional Children

South Carolina Read to Succeed Note:  Students seeking Initial school library certification (K-12), and completing a MLIS degree must complete one of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:

  • EDRD 500- Content Area Literacy PK-12
  • EDRD 730- Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (PK-12 Reading Education and Content Area Teachers)
  • EDRD 732- Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (Secondary Reading Education)
  • EDEX 581- Reading in the Content Areas to Adolescents with Reading Disabilities

Curriculum Development (One 3-hour course required)

  • EDCS 720- Introduction to Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 721- Social Class Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 722- Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 725- Principles of Curriculum Construction

Psychology of Learning (One 3-hour course required)

  • EDPY 705- Human Growth and Development (Childhood & Adolescence)
  • EDPY 706- Growth and Development: Childhood (Birth through Elementary)
  • EDPY 707- Growth and Development: Adolescence

Portfolio Requirements Successful completion of the School of Information Science portfolio is a requirement for the MLIS and school library certification.  Portfolios are submitted prior to graduation. The portfolio due date for students graduating in May is April 15. The portfolio due date for students graduating in December is November 15. 

Requirements for Certification The courses listed in this document meet the ALA/ AASL/ CAEP Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians for the University of South Carolina School of Information Science. A candidate who completes the courses and examination requirements listed in this document is eligible to apply for certification as a school librarian in most states that recognize ALA and/or CAEP- approved programs. Candidates should be aware, however, that each state maintains the right to require other courses and testing beyond that required in the School of Information Science. Candidates who plan to apply for certification in a state other than South Carolina should contact that state’s department of education to determine the exact requirements.

For further information contact:

School of Information Science University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208 Phone : (803) 777- 3887 Email : [email protected]

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