Cornell University

MPA Program Handbook

The 2016-17 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 2016 or spring semester of 2017 will be working under the guidelines established in the 2016-17 Handbook. Students who begin in the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016 will be working under the 2015-16 CIPA Program Handbook.