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Application Tips
Have a bachelor’s degree? To apply for 2017, follow the instructions below and select “Postbaccalaureate Studies” under Student Category. To apply for 2018, follow the instructions below and select “Certificate.”
Columbia employee? Follow the instructions below.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited American or foreign university.

Application Process

  1. Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form. See Application Requirements below
  2. Submit your online application and fee payment. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online. See Admissions Timeline below

international students

  1. Immediately after receiving your letter of admission, complete the Application for Visa Certificate. See Visa Requirements below

Enrollment Process

Should you be accepted for admission, you will receive detailed instructions on the following steps in your letter of admission. Because each step needs action on your part, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the process now so you can fulfill the requirements in a timely fashion.

  1. Submit all required official documents.
  2. Activate your UNI.
    Your University Network ID (UNI) is automatically assigned from the date of your acceptance. Please allow five business days for your UNI to be created before you attempt to activate it.
  3. Submit your immunization documentation.
    Students must provide the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office with documentation of their decision on meningococcal meningitis vaccination and documentation of their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).
  4. Register for classes.
    Students must submit immunization documentation to obtain permission to register for classes.

Admissions Timeline

Deadlines

Fall
International Students July 15
Domestic Students August 15
Spring
International Students November 15
Domestic Students January 5
Summer
All Students April 1

Application decisions are delivered on a rolling basis. Decision notifications are delivered through the online application system within 4-6 weeks of the submission of a complete application or within 4-6 weeks of the submission of any required documents not included with the online application.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form

  • $80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
    Fee payment must accompany the online application.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
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    Domestic Transcripts From institutions in the U.S. or Canada

    If your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official.

    For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

    International Transcripts From institutions outside the U.S. or Canada

    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Admissions requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation.

    Instructions for using WES

    WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course-levels) and request to have WES send your evaluation to Columbia University School of Professional Studies. The school can be found by searching Columbia University and then selecting School of Professional Studies. The evaluation provided to the School of Professional Studies becomes an official academic record and sole property of the School of Professional Studies upon its receipt.

    WES evaluations will be reviewed by School of Professional Studies administrators and the determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the School of Professional Studies.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)
    The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, how the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience.

    Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.

    If your intentions include graduate school preparation, please indicate the graduate program(s) to which you intend to apply, cite the specific courses you plan to take, and discuss how that course plan will prepare you for admission to the program(s).

  • A résumé

  •  Students whose native language is not English must include proof of English proficiency.
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    English Language Proficiency

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from one of the tests listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will be required to send official scores directly from the test provider prior to enrollment; these scores will be verified before the admission offer is considered official. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to consider the American Language Program.

    English Language Proficiency TestMinimum Required Score
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*100+
    TOEFL PBT*600+
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)7.0+
    Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A)72+
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)Grade C or better
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)C1 Certificate or higher
    Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)Grade A (low C1)
    Cambridge Business HigherGrade C or better

    * Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.

    This requirement is only waived if:

    • The applicant has completed all coursework for and earned their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a country where English is the sole official language. Please note that graduate level work does not exempt applicants from meeting this requirement.

    • The applicant has completed at least two years at an undergraduate U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English and earned the undergraduate (or bachelor's) degree at that institution.

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    International students must fulfill visa requirements.
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    Visa Requirements

    People admitted to study at Columbia University who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must be a full-time student at Columbia - registered for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses during one term - in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa.

    Eligible international students who wish to apply for an F-1 visa should do so immediately after they have received their letter of admission to the School of Professional Studies by contacting the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia (below) at least three months before the first day of class. Students will then be sent information about obtaining an F-1 visa. Once in the United States in F-1 status, students must register for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses, during the registration period, and remain so registered throughout the course of the session. If a student neglects to do this, or if a student falls below the 12-point minimum during the course of a session, the student will be reported in violation of F-1 regulations to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

    Visitors to the United States in B-1, B-2, WB or WT status are not allowed to enroll in classes at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies.

    International students who require a student (F-1) visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee.

    You can find the online application for visa certificate by clicking here: http://isso.columbia.edu/. While you are not permitted to submit the application until you have gained admission, we strongly encourage you to read the instructional information provided.

    For questions about individual cases please contact:
    International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
    212-854-3587
    isso@columbia.edu
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/isso

Mailing Address and Contact Information

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Phone 212-854-9666
Office hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.