We are continuing to accept applications for fall 2018 on a space-available basis.

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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.

Notifications will be delivered through the online application system.

Fall Deadlines
(NYC Options)
All Students
Priority Deadline January 15
The application review period begins. Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Second Review Date March 15
Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Deadline May 15
Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
International Students
Recommended Application Date March 15
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.
Fall Deadlines
(San Francisco Option)
All Students
Priority Deadline March 15
The application review period begins. Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Deadline June 15
Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.

 

Applicant Requirements

  • 0-10 years of professional experience in a communications role. Most applicants to the Full-Time option have 0-5 years of relevant work experience, which may include internships. Successful candidates with less than 2 years of full-time professional experience have strong internship experience. (Individuals with 6 or more years of experience should consider the Executive Master of Science in Strategic Communication program.)
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills
  • English fluency, and the ability to write clearly, concisely, and convincingly, using proper grammar

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.

international students

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

 

Important Application Instructions

NOTE THAT THE APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS DIRECTLY, NOT THROUGH AN AGENT OR THIRD PARTY VENDOR (EXCEPT WHEN PRE-APPROVED IN WRITING BETWEEN COLUMBIA AND THE APPLICANT). IN ADDITION, THE APPLICANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEST TO THE ACCURACY AND AUTHENTICITY OF ALL INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED.

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, official transcripts must be submitted electronically directly from the applicant’s prior institutions. Please note that incoming students for the Fall 2019 semester will be contacted no later than June of 2019 with specific instructions on electronic submission from the other institutions, with a deadline of August 15, 2019, for receipt of these documents.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form

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

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

  • Your résumé

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 words maximum)

  • Supplemental essay (no more than 250 words)

  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (GRE preferred; GMAT accepted)

  • An admissions interview may be required

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

  •  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

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

Strategic Communication 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

Email

apply@sps.columbia.edu
Office hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.