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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
All Students
Priority Deadline January 15
The application review period begins. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Deadline May 15
All applications completed after January 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
International Students
Recommended Application Date March 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
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. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.

 

Applicant Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (most successful applicants)
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis, 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. This program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. International students requiring a student visa must apply for the fall intake as they must enroll on a full-time basis. Immediately after receiving your letter of admission, complete the Application for Visa Certificate.
    See Visa Requirements below

 

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 (750 words maximum)

  • Supplemental essay (250 words maximum)

  •  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.

Nonprofit 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

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