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

international students

  1. This program does not qualify international students for a student visa.

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

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.
Spring
Deadlines
Deadline November 1
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 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 application form

  • $95.00 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 Continuing Education. 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.

  • 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.

  • A 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.

  • An admissions interview may be required

  • 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.

  •  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 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.) 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.

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.