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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 Option)
All Students
Early Action I December 1
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 8 weeks of the deadline. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Early Action II February 1
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Regular Decision April 1
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline.
International Students
Recommended Application Date February 1
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline; contact us for exceptions. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Fall Deadlines
(Online Option)
All Students
Early Action I January 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Early Action II March 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Regular Decision May 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline.

 

Spring
Deadlines
All Students
Priority Deadline September 1
The application review period begins. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.
Deadline October 1
All applications completed after September 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
International Students
Recommended Application Date September 1
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline; contact us for exceptions. Only complete applications with all required materials will be reviewed for this period.

 

 

Applicant Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

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.
  4. Confirm intent to enroll and pay tuition deposit.
  5. Complete application verification. All students must provide written consent to participate in a verification process of all academic, professional, and reference information provided during their application process. All students must sign and date an authorization and release form to conduct the verification process. The link to do so will be provided once the student has formally accepted our offer of admission.

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, 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.

Applicants may apply to one program offered at the School of Professional Studies in a given semester. Applicants denied admission must wait a full year before reapplying to the elected program.

Application 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

    You are required to disclose and provide official academic transcripts for all post-secondary academic study completed and in progress. This includes individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, study abroad, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.

    Instructions for Submission of Transcripts When Applying

    Applicants should upload a transcript (unofficial transcripts are permissible) of any academic work from each university-level institution you have attended for use in review of your application. 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.

    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the United States, the Office of Admissions also 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 for admission consideration.

    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.

    Instructions for Submission of Transcripts When Accepting an Offer of Admission

    All students who have attended a college or university in the United States must submit electronic transcripts directly from their school or via the vendor that provides that service for their institution to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

    If a school does not offer electronic delivery, you must write to apply@sps.columbia.edu to provide us with the link to your institution's webpage concerning transcript orders. After verification, we will respond with further instructions.

    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the United States, and you have completed additional coursework since the initial WES evaluation was provided, you must request an updated report and have WES send your course-by-course evaluation to Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

  • Your résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

    Written by professional supervisors who are in a position to comment on your intellectual strengths and professional promise. If you have received your bachelor’s degree within the last five years, you must submit one recommendation from a teacher who can comment on your academic aptitude and one recommendation from a professional supervisor.

    Applicants must list recommenders and their contact information within the online application. Please provide your recommender’s professional email address and note that your recommender will receive an email requesting the recommendation upon your completion of the recommendation section of the application. Your recommender will be asked to log into the online application system, answer a few questions, and upload a letter of recommendation typed on professional letterhead. Recommendations must be submitted within the online application system. We strongly suggest notifying your recommender of these requirements prior to entering their information into the application system. You have the ability within the application system to re-notify your recommender of the request, and change your recommender if necessary. Apart from the initial notification sent through the application system, applicants are responsible for notifying and reminding the recommender about the request.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)

    The statement of academic purpose should address the following:

    • your purpose and interest in pursuing the M.S. in Enterprise Risk Management program, focusing on how it relates to your immediate and long-term professional plans, and what your current role is
    • the areas you hope to explore in our curriculum
    • what you will contribute to the program and student cohort
    • how you expect to contribute to the field
    • a brief discussion of a particular risk field or issue of interest to you
  • An admissions interview may be required

  • Standard Exams (GRE, GMAT or LSAT) are not required upon application submission; however, standard exams are a useful indicator of academic ability and applicants are strongly encouraged to consider submitting scores to further support their candidacy and strengthen their application.

    Applicants who elect to submit exam scores will have them taken into consideration.

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

     English Language Proficiency

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from the TOEFL or IELTS. This requirement is only waived if your undergraduate degree was conducted in English and you have one or more years of relevant postbaccalaureate professional experience. In addition, applicants may be required to participate in a video interview.

    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 required to submit English proficiency scores should enter the date the test was or will be taken and the test registration number on the online application for admission, and 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. Since the program offers a full-time study option, international students enrolled in a full-time course load—registered for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses a term—are eligible for a student visa.

    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

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.

Enterprise Risk 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

Email

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