About the School of Professional Studies
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.
Based on this mission and vision, Dean Jason Wingard has focused the school's efforts on three pillars:
Develop high-quality academic programming and curricula;
Prepare students for the marketplace by ensuring they have gone through a best-in-class curriculum for their professions; and
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.
Sixteen master’s degrees, focusing on emerging market needs
Eighteen 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