Application Deadlines

Enrollment Priority Deadline: February 1
Apply by February 1 in order to register by February 27, when registration opens.

Application Fee Waiver Deadline: March 1
March 1 is the final day to submit your application without the $80 application fee.

Deadline: April 1

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Certificate and Certification of Professional Achievement Application Requirements

  • Completed application form (Select “Postbaccalaureate Studies” as Student Category and the appropriate "Certification/Certificate Option" under Program)
    $80.00 nonrefundable application fee payment in U.S. currency must accompany the application.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
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    Domestic Transcripts from institutions in the U.S. or Canada: we strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official. For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

    International Transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada: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. 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 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.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)
    The statement should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, and how the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience.

    If you are applying for a certificate/certification program and your intentions include graduate school preparation, please indicate the graduate program(s) to which you intend to apply and discuss how the course plan you have selected, citing specific courses you plan to take, will prepare you for admission to the program(s).

    Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.

  • Students whose native language isn’t English must include proof of English proficiency.
    Please enter your scores within the online application; you can submit your official scores later.
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    English Language Proficiency

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from one of the tests listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will be required to send official scores directly from the test provider prior to enrollment; these scores will be verified before the admission offer is considered official. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to consider the American Language Program.

    English Language Proficiency Test Minimum Required Score
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt* 100+
    TOEFL PBT* 600+
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0+
    Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) 72+
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or better
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C1 Certificate or higher
    Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (low C1)
    Cambridge Business Higher Grade C or better

    * Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.

    This requirement is only waived if:

    • The applicant has completed all coursework for and earned their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a country where English is the sole official language. Please note that graduate level work does not exempt applicants from meeting this requirement.

    • The applicant has completed at least two years at an undergraduate U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English and earned the undergraduate (or bachelor’s) degree at that institution.

  • A résumé in U.S. business format.

Mailing Address and Contact Information

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
Office hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Notification of Admissions Decision

Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 5-7 business days after an application is complete.