Cornell Offers an Affordable Ivy League MPA

We realize that a graduate degree represents a major investment in your career and future. We also understand that financial considerations will figure heavily in the equation when the time comes for you to decide which MPA program to attend. At CIPA, our tuition not only makes it easier for our students to pursue careers in public service after graduation, but also makes the overall cost of program attendance more competitive with our peer institutions.


What I did over Winter Break: A Visit to the UN Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan & Touring with the Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team

Elaha Mahboob is a first-year CIPA student who is concentrating her studies on Science, Technology and Infrastructure Studies. While in college, she and her sister Roha founded Afghan Citadel Software Company, the first female-owned IT business in Afghanistan. Later, they co-founded a nonprofit organization called Digital Citizen Fund (DCF). You can read more about Elaha here.

Alumni Q&A: Clare O’Brien

Clare O’Brien graduated from CIPA in May of 2017 with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management.  She currently works as a Leadership Fellow at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (more…)

Internship with a Project Management Focus

Elizabeth Sweitzer is a second year CIPA fellow who is concentrating her studies on International Development, with a specific focus on food security. She also serves as the senior content editor for the Cornell Policy Review. Prior to joining CIPA, Elizabeth completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil (‘15); she speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.This summer, Lizzy traveled to Mexico where she worked at CIMMYT, a seed research center for improved livelihoods. In this post, she shares more about her internship experience and her work at Cornell. (more…)

Ithaca Accolades: Recent “Top 10” Mentions

For a small town, Ithaca is frequently heralded on lists of “Best” places in the United States – best place to live, best small town, best college town, smartest town, etc.  Situated at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Ithaca offers small town life with big city culture.  A place of great natural beauty (surrounded by gorges, waterfalls and lakes), Ithaca boasts a wide range of dining options, theatre and music, eclectic shopping, and educational opportunities.

Just to give you a taste, Ithaca has recently been named / ranked:

For a complete listing of accolades, go to:

Cornell University has received a few fun accolades of its own recently: