The Graduate Foundations Program allows you to develop your own curriculum at a world-class institution and enhance your application for a Ph.D. or master’s degree.

The program is flexible, allowing you to custom design your path of study with the help of an academic advisor to meet your individual needs, enabling you to select the specific classes that will help strengthen your graduate school application or meet specific program prerequisites.

The program has two options:

  1. Enroll in fewer than four classes.

  2. Complete four or more classes and pursue a Graduate Foundations Certification. Students who successfully complete four courses, with a cumulative grade of B or better will be awarded a Certification of Professional Achievement in Graduate Foundations and an official Columbia University transcript detailing the course of study.

(For the certification option, Students are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certification must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward the completion of the certification.)

Students in the Graduate Foundations Program have access to:

Individualized Advising. You may work closely with an advisor to select your course of study and ensure it is rigorous and appropriate for your desired path. This advising continues throughout your time as a student in the program.

University Courses. Choose from undergraduate and graduate courses that span more than 100 disciplines. You will have the opportunity to take classes taught by Columbia University faculty alongside students in degree programs at Columbia and engage in the rich intellectual discourse found at an Ivy League institution.

 

University Resources. You will join the cohort and community of Columbia students and faculty, and gain access to the Writing Center, a world-reknowned system of libraries, and other facilities and resources available to Columbia degree candidates.

Federal Student Aid. You may be eligible for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan as a student in this program. For details, see the Financial Resources page.

Application Deadlines

Fall
International Students July 15
Domestic Students August 15
Spring
International Students November 15
Domestic Students January 5
Summer Session 1
International Students May 1
Domestic Students May 14
Summer Session 2
International Students June 1
Domestic Students June 25

Apply here for Fall or Spring. To apply for Summer, visit the Columbia Summer website.