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Admissions Timeline

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure it is reviewed before the program has reached capacity.

Deadlines for Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program

Fall
Deadlines
Application Review Period Begins January 15
 
Summer Review Date March 15
All individuals wishing to begin the program in the summer must complete their application by March 15.
Deadline May 15
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 15.
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
Deadline November 1
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 1.
International Students
Recommended Application Date October 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.

 

Deadlines for Accelerated Program in Sustainable Development and Sustainability Management

Fall
Deadlines
Early Deadline March 15
Students who wish to have a decision in advance of registration for the following semester should submit by March 15.
Deadline May 15
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 15.
Spring
Deadlines
Early Deadline October 1
Students who wish to have a decision in advance of registration for the following semester should submit by October 1.
Deadline November 1
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 1.

Notifications will be delivered through the online application system. Admission decisions are typically communicated within 6 weeks after an application is complete.

Applicant Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • College-level coursework in science, math, or economics (preferred)

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

 

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 (500 to 750 words)

  • Optional: Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • An admissions interview may be required

  •  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.

Sustainability 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.