About the School of Professional Studies

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The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University spans the continuum from high school and pre-college students through lifelong learners with innovative offerings at the highest levels of academic excellence.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide a rigorous education, informed by rapidly evolving global market needs, that supports the academic and professional aspirations of our student community.

Our vision is to become the premier destination for professional education by generating interdisciplinary thought leadership, developing innovative pedagogy, and advancing globally competitive academic solutions for ambitious agents of change and impact.

Our Focus

Based on this mission and vision, Dean Jason Wingard has focused the school's efforts on three pillars:

  1. Develop high-quality academic programming and curricula;

  2. Prepare students for the marketplace by ensuring they have gone through a best-in-class curriculum for their professions; and

  3. Create a virtuous circle for faculty by engaging academic scholarship that informs teaching; teaching that enhances the practice of professions; and practical application that, in turn, reinforces scholarship.

Our Offerings

  • Fourteen master’s degrees, focusing on emerging market needs

  • Seventeen certificate or certification programs

  • Courses in over 100 subject areas

  • Pre-college academic study for high school students with over 50 curricular options

  • ESL instruction through the American Language Program

  • Access to Arts and Sciences courses through the Auditing and Lifelong Learning Programs

  • Summer Sessions for Columbia University