Satisfactory Academic Progress

A student’s academic progress is considered to be satisfactory when a student maintains at least the minimum grade point average required for their program, completes a minimum of 67% of their total attempted credits, and completes their program within the maximum time frame of their respective program.

The academic progress of each student is reviewed shortly after the end of each term. After the review of records has been completed, students will be alerted to any identified deficiencies and told of the consequences of failure to remedy the deficiencies.

After one term of unsatisfactory progress, if a student has a second term of unsatisfactory progress, the student is subject to dismissal from the academic program and the School of Professional Studies. Students earning grades of D or F in a term may also be dismissed. All decisions to dismiss for academic reasons are subject to appeal.  A transcript notation will be made when students are expelled or dismissed from the School of Professional Studies.

Federal Financial Aid–Title IV Eligibility

To receive financial aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA–College Work-Study, Perkins Loan, Stafford/SLS loans), a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the standards and practices of the institution in which the student is enrolled. A student who is not maintaining satisfactory progress, and whose inadequate progress is not judged to be attributable to mitigating circumstances, is ineligible to receive Title IV financial aid.

Grade Point Average

Degree candidates must complete all requirements for the degree with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the degree or certification must be taken for a letter grade. Students in certification programs are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certificate must be taken for a letter grade. Postbaccalaureate (non-certification) and Visiting students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 (C).

Pace of Completion

Students must complete a minimum of 67% of their attempted credits. In order to calculate the percentage of completed credits, divide completed credits by attempted credits and multiply by 100.

Maximum Time Frame

Students must complete all requirements for degree programs and non-degree programs within the time prescribed by each program. Programs must be completed within the following timeframe:

M.S. in Actuarial Science 3 Years
M.S. in Applied Analytics 2 Years
M.S. in Bioethics 3 Years
M.S. in Communications Practice 2 Years
M.S. in Construction Administration 5 Years
M.S. in Enterprise Risk Management 3-5 Consecutive Terms
M.S. in Fundraising Management 4 Years
M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy 16 Months
M.S. in Narrative Medicine 3 Years
M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 3 Years
M.S. in Sports Management 4 Years
M.S. in Sports Management – Global Sports Law 16 Months
M.S. in Strategic Communications 16 Months
M.S. in Sustainability Management 3 Years
M.S. in Technology Management 16 Months
Actuarial Science Certification – Online 2 Years
Advanced Business Certificate 3 Years
Bioethics Certification – Online 2 Years
Biotechnology Certificate 3 Years
Business Certification 2 Years
Classics Certificate 3 Years
Critical Issues in International Relations Certification (Summer Only) 2 Years
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Certificate (EEEB) 3 Years
Enterprise Risk Management Certification 2 Years
Environment, Peace and Security Certification 2 Years
Graduate Foundations Certification 2 Years
Human Rights Certification (Summer Only) 2 Years
Psychology Certificate 3 Years
Quantitative Studies for Finance Certificate 3 Years
Sustainability Analytics Certification 2 Years
Sustainable Finance 4 Terms
Sustainable Water Management Certification 2 Years
United Nations Studies Certification (Summer Only) 2 Years

Appeals of Academic Dismissal

If a student believes that an academic dismissal was the result of an administrative error or if the student can offer compelling reasons for reconsideration of his/her academic standing, the student may submit an appeal of this decision to the Senior Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer. The appeal must be submitted in writing within ten (10) business days from the date of dismissal. The student may submit the appeal via email to sps-studentaffairs@columbia.edu. The written request must provide concrete reasons as to why the dismissal should be reversed; in particular, if there were significant extenuating circumstances of a temporary nature that contributed to the student’s poor academic performance, the student may present this information. Original documentation explaining or corroborating the student’s circumstances must be included with the written appeal. The Chief Academic Officer for SPS will consider the appeal to determine if a modification of the original decision is warranted. The Chief Academic Officer will notify the student of the final decision in writing within (15) calendar days of the appeal request. There are no further possibilities of appeal beyond the Chief Academic Officer. A student's university privileges remain in effect until the dismissal is final.