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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. Please submit as soon as possible as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  4. Receive an admissions decision notification online. See Admissions Timeline below

Important Application Instructions

Note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at apply@sps.columbia.edu.

Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.

Please note that the applicant may upload unofficial transcripts at the start of the application process. Once an applicant has been admitted and has indicated acceptance of our offer of admission, certified and secure online official transcripts must be submitted directly to Columbia from the applicant’s prior institution(s)’ Registrar Office. Please note that incoming students for the fall 2019 semester will be contacted with specific instructions on electronic submission from prior institution(s) for receipt of these documents. Only if a prior academic institution is unable to submit certified and secure online official transcripts, an official transcript in a sealed envelope must be sent directly from that institution’s Registrar Office to Columbia. Columbia will use its verification vendor to verify the applicant’s degree and transcript with the prior academic institutions and/or the relevant country’s Ministry of Education. Applicants will be asked to consent to participate in this verification process by submitting an authorization and release form.

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. Register for classes.

Admissions Timeline

Application Deadlines
Fall July 15
Spring December 1
Summer 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

  • $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.

  • Statement of academic purpose (No more than 750 words)

    The statement of academic purpose should address the following:

    • Your purpose and interest in pursuing a Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine
    • How the certification program fits into your overall professional growth, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience
    • Your anticipated contribution to the program
    • Your anticipated contribution to professional field

     

  • Your résumé

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

    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.)

    International students must fulfill visa requirements.


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

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.