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
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 strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Each transcript must contain the name of the institution, student name, a list of courses taken, grades or marks earned, and name of degree earned. Please note that documents showing completion of a curriculum or summary of courses are not sufficient.
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. If your 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 it/them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly. All transcripts submitted are considered property of the School of Professional Studies. They will not be returned to you, transferred, or forwarded to other institutions or other schools at Columbia University. Please do not submit an original copy of an academic transcript that cannot be replaced.
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 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.
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
* 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.|