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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.
Early Action II February 1
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Regular Decision April 1
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
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; contact us for exceptions.
Fall Deadlines
(Online Option)
All Students
Early Action I January 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Early Action II March 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Regular Decision May 15
Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.

 

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.
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; contact us for exceptions.

 

 

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.

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, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.

    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.

  • 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 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

  • Scores on the GRE or GMAT are required. A waiver may be requested if one or both of the following conditions apply: You have a graduate degree; You have three or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience

    Official scores on the GRE general test or GMAT are required. A waiver may be requested if one or both of the following conditions apply:

    1. You have a graduate degree.

    2. You have three or more years of relevant postbaccalaureate professional experience.

    Waiver requests should be submitted through the online application system at the time of application.

    • 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 are 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). Please note that exceptions are not made for applicants who have completed prior academic study within the United States.

    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 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.)


    Please be advised that beginning with the Fall 2019 application cycle, applicants whose native language is not English are 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). Please note that exceptions are not made for applicants who have completed prior academic study within the United States. The exception information listed below is only applicable for those applying for admission in Spring 2019.

    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).

    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. 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

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