Apply as a Graduate Visiting Student
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure it is reviewed before the program you’ve applied to has reached capacity.
|International Students||July 15|
|Domestic Students||August 15|
|International Students||November 15|
|Domestic Students||January 5|
Decision notifications are delivered through the online application system within 2-3 weeks of the submission of a complete application or within 2-3 weeks of the submission of any required documents not included with the online application.
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- Currently enrolled in a master’s degree program at another university
- In good academic and disciplinary standing
- Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form. See Application Requirements below
- Submit your online application and fee payment. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
- Receive an admissions decision notification online.
- Immediately after receiving your letter of admission, complete the Application for Visa Certificate. See Visa Requirements below
Important Application Instructions
Note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at email@example.com.
Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.
Please note that the applicant may upload unofficial transcripts at the start of the application process. Once an applicant has been admitted and has indicated acceptance of our offer of admission, certified and secure online official transcripts must be submitted directly to Columbia from the applicant’s prior institution(s)’ Registrar Office. Please note that incoming students for the fall 2019 semester will be contacted with specific instructions on electronic submission from prior institution(s) for receipt of these documents. Only if a prior academic institution is unable to submit certified and secure online official transcripts, an official transcript in a sealed envelope must be sent directly from that institution’s Registrar Office to Columbia. Columbia will use its verification vendor to verify the applicant’s degree and transcript with the prior academic institutions and/or the relevant country’s Ministry of Education. Applicants will be asked to consent to participate in this verification process by submitting an authorization and release form.
Completed application form
$80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
Fee payment must accompany the online application.
Statement of academic purpose (300 to 400 words)
The statement should address your academic goals, previous training and education experience, current situation and interests, and purpose in applying to Columbia University as a Graduate Visiting Student.
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
Domestic Transcripts From institutions in the U.S. or Canada
If your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we ask that you submit unofficial transcripts within the application system at the time you apply. Candidates offered admission are required to supply official transcripts prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official and before being permitted to register for classes. Official transcripts must be submitted by July 15 for new students enrolling in the fall term and by December 1 for new students enrolling in the spring term.
Official transcripts must be submitted electronically if the institution has a process for emailing electronic transcripts (such as services available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse). The registrar’s office may submit the transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If, and only if, the institution does not provide an electronic delivery option, official transcripts must arrive directly from the issuing institution, and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. We will also not accept hard copy documents from institutions offering electronic delivery.
Official transcripts from your conferring undergraduate institution must include a notation certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.
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 you to 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.
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 the 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.
Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.
Students whose native language is not English must include proof of English proficiency.
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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 DAAD Grade B
* 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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official scores sent directly from either TOEFL or IELTS prior to enrollment for verification before the admission offer is considered official. (Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.)
International students must fulfill visa requirements.
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International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.
Eligible international students who wish to apply for an F-1 visa should do so immediately after they have received their letter of admission to the School of Continuing Education by contacting the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia (below) at least three months before the first day of class. Students will then be sent information about obtaining an F-1 visa. Once in the United States in F-1 status, students must register for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses, during the registration period, and remain so registered throughout the course of the session. If a student neglects to do this, or if a student falls below the 12-point minimum during the course of a session, the student will be reported in violation of F-1 regulations to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Visitors to the United States in B-1, B-2, WB or WT status are not allowed to enroll in classes at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education.
International students who require a student (F-1) visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee.
You can find the online application for visa certificate by clicking here: http://isso.columbia.edu/. While you are not permitted to submit the application until you have gained admission, we strongly encourage you to read the instructional information provided.
Should you be accepted for admission, you will receive detailed instructions on the following steps in your letter of admission. Because each step needs action on your part, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the process now so you can fulfill the requirements in a timely fashion.
- Submit all required official documents.
- Activate your UNI.
Your University Network ID (UNI) is automatically assigned from the date of your acceptance. Please allow five business days for your UNI to be created before you attempt to activate it.
- Submit your immunization documentation.
Students must provide the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office with documentation of their decision on meningococcal meningitis vaccination and documentation of their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).
- Register for classes.
Students must submit immunization documentation to obtain permission to register for classes.
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
|Monday–Friday||9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.|