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Applicant Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

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.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online. See Admissions Timeline below

Admissions Timeline

Deadlines

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure it is reviewed before the program has reached capacity.

For Fall
Deadline July 15
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through July 15.
For Spring
Deadline December 1
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 1.

Notifications will be delivered through the online application system. Admission decisions are typically communicated within 6 weeks after an application is complete.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form

  • $95.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

  • Your résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)

  • An admissions interview may be required

  • Scores on the GRE or GMAT are required. A waiver may be requested if one or both of the following conditions apply: You have a graduate degree; You have three or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience.

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

  • Completed online application form

  • $95.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
    Fee payment must accompany the online application.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Domestic Transcripts From institutions in the U.S. or Canada

    If your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we ask that you submit unofficial transcripts within the application system at the time you apply. Candidates offered admission are required to supply official transcripts prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official and before being permitted to register for classes. Official transcripts must be submitted by July 15 for new students enrolling in the fall term and by December 1 for new students enrolling in the spring term.

    Official transcripts must be submitted electronically if the institution has a process for emailing electronic transcripts (such as services available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse). The registrar’s office may submit the transcripts to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

    If, and only if, the institution does not provide an electronic delivery option, official transcripts must arrive directly from the issuing institution, and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. We will also not accept hard copy documents from institutions offering electronic delivery.

    Official transcripts from your conferring undergraduate institution must include a notation certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

    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 Enrollment Management 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 the 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.

    Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

  • Your résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

    Written by professional supervisors who are in a position to comment on your intellectual strengths and professional promise. If you have received your bachelor’s degree within the last five years, you must submit one recommendation from a teacher who can comment on your academic aptitude and one from a professional supervisor.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)

    The statement of academic purpose should discuss: your purpose and interest in pursuing the Enterprise Risk Management program; the specific skills and attributes you will bring to the program; your current role; and how this program will help you achieve your career goals.

  • An admissions interview may be required

  • Scores on the GRE or GMAT are required. A waiver may be requested if one or both of the following conditions apply: You have a graduate degree; You have three or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience.

    For Fall 2018 Applicants Only

    Official scores on the GRE general test or GMAT are not required. However, if you've taken one of these tests and feel your results support your candidacy as a student in this program, you may submit your scores.

    • For complete information regarding the GRE go to www.gre.org. School report code: 3602.

    • For complete information about the GMAT go to www.mba.com. GMAT school report code: 3831.

    • Note: Applicants who do not submit GRE or GMAT scores may be required to take a Graduate Writing Test at Columbia. Those applicants who are admitted may, as a result of that test, be required to take a writing course for M.S. students during their first semester.

    For All Other Applicants

    Official scores on the GRE general test or GMAT are required. A waiver may be requested if one or both of the following conditions apply:

    1. You have a graduate degree.

    2. You have three or more years of relevant postbaccalaureate professional experience.

    Waiver requests should be submitted through the online application system at the time of application.

    • For complete information regarding the GRE go to www.gre.org. School report code: 3602.

    • For complete information about the GMAT go to www.mba.com. GMAT school report code: 3831.

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

    English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose native language is not English may be required to complete an admissions interview. Applicants taking the TOEFL must have a score of at least 100 on the Internet-based version (600 paper based). Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to apply directly to the American Language Program.

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The 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.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official scores sent directly from either TOEFL or IELTS prior to enrollment for verification before the admission offer is considered official. (Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.)


  • Interested in applying to multiple programs? Click here to learn how.

    Applicants may elect to apply to up to two programs for one intake term — either two MS programs, or one MS program and one Certification of Professional Achievement (CPA) program —by submitting a single application to the School of Professional Studies. The School of Professional Studies permits applicants to be reviewed by a second program if they do not receive an offer of admission from their first-choice program.

    • The second program must be selected before the application is submitted. Applicants will be able to view and opt for a second choice (if applicable) after selecting their first choice.
    • Applicants should not submit a second application.
    • Applicants must upload a separate Statement of Purpose and submit any additional supporting materials required by the second program. Transcripts, letters, and test scores should only be submitted once.
    • An application will be forwarded to the second-choice program only after the first-choice program has completed its review and rendered its decision. An application file will not be reviewed concurrently by both programs.
    • The option to select a second-choice program will not be available for applications submitted after May 15.
    • This option is only available for fall-term applicants.

    Mailing Address and Contact Information

    All submitted materials should clearly bear the applicant’s name and the name of the program to which he or she is applying.

    Enterprise Risk Management Certification Program
    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.