Eligibility Requirement

  • Applicants must be either rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors, or have received their undergraduate degree within the last year.*

* For undergraduate degree holders who graduated before May 2016, we recommend the Business Certificate program*

Current Columbia University students do not need to submit an application for the Business Edge program and should visit the Business Edge section of the Columbia Students registration webpage for more information.

Deadlines and Session Dates

The application deadline for Business Edge is April 1 for international students and April 21 for domestic students.** Other registration deadlines and session dates are listed on the Calendars page.

The application will close May 7.

The application for summer sessions is now closed.

Do I need visa sponsorship from Columbia University?

If one of the four situations below applies to you, you will not need to complete a new I-20 for visa sponsorship:

  1. You are a student in F-1 or J-1 status at another U.S. institution and you will be returning there to continue your studies in the fall.
  2. You are completing an academic program at another U.S. institution in F-1 status and the summer session will end before your 60-day grace period expires.
  3. You are on F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training) and are interested in non-degree courses during the summer in your free time.
  4. You are in the U.S. in another legal immigration status that allows you to study incident to that status. This includes all non-immigrant statuses except B1/B2 or visitor status under the visa waiver program (ESTA) and F-2.
  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.See Submitting the Application below.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online.See Notification of Admissions Decision below.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
    Create an account and log in to begin the online application.

  • $80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
    Fee payment must accompany the online application.
    Fee waived if application is submitted before March 1.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. 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. 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
    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Enrollment Management requires that all post-secondary credentials be submitted in the original language along with both a certified English credential evaluation and translation. We recommend using the World Education Services, Inc. (http://www.wes.org/students) (WES) to fulfill this requirement.

    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 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.

  • Students whose native language isn’t English must include proof of English proficiency. Jump to the English Language Proficiency requirements at the end of the page for conditions and details.

  • A résumé in U.S. business format.

  • Statement of purpose (600-800 words)
    The statement should address the following:

    1. A brief summary of your academic background and your personal and academic goals.
    2. Clearly articulated ideas regarding why the Business Edge program appeals to you and how participation in the program will help you realize your academic and personal goals.


  • International students and non-native English speakers must fulfill additional application requirements.

    View details on international student requirements.


Submitting the Application

Unofficial documents will be used for admission consideration.
Applicants are encouraged to submit all supporting application materials through the online application system.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Applications are not considered complete until all required materials listed in the Application Requirements section above have been received.

Submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management.
Applicants who are admitted to the program must submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management before the offer is considered official.

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
Email businessedge@sps.columbia.edu
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 2-3 weeks after an application is complete.



English Language Proficiency

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 apply directly to the American Language Program.

English Language Proficiency Test Minimum Required Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt* 100+
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 is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.

Program Contacts

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising


Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions


Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.