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Applicant Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • College-level coursework in science, math, or economics (preferred)

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

international students

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

Fall
Deadlines
Deadline May 15
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 15.
International Students
Recommended Application Date April 15
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.
Spring
Deadlines
Deadline November 1
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 1.
International Students
Recommended Application Date October 1
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.

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)

  • Optional: Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • An admissions interview may be required

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

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    International students must fulfill visa requirements.

  • 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 strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Each transcript must contain the name of the institution, student name, a list of courses taken, grades or marks earned, and name of degree earned. Please note that documents showing completion of a curriculum or summary of courses are not sufficient.

    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. If your 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 it/them to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

    • Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly. All transcripts submitted are considered property of the School of Professional Studies. They will not be returned to you, transferred, or forwarded to other institutions or other schools at Columbia University. Please do not submit an original copy of an academic transcript that cannot be replaced.

    • 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 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.

  • Your résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

    Written by teachers or professional colleagues who are well-positioned to comment on your intellectual strengths and professional promise.

    Applicants notify their recommenders of the request through the online application system and are strongly encouraged to do so as early as possible to compensate for any potential delays in submission on the part of the recommender. Recommendations are submitted through the online application system.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)

    The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, and how the program fits into your overall professional growth, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience.

  • Optional: Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

    This information is 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.

  • An admissions interview may be required

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

    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.

    Visa Requirements

    International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.

    Eligible international students who wish to apply for a student visa should do so immediately after they have received their letter of admission to Columbia University. This should be done by completing the Application for Visa Certificate (AVC). Applicants should be aware that after admission into a program it may take up to four weeks to receive the documents needed from Columbia to obtain a student visa, so please plan accordingly.

    International students who require a student visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee. See Tuition and Fees for more information.

    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


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.

Sustainability Management 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.