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Psychology Certificate

The Certificate in Psychology is a rigorous curriculum for students who are preparing for graduate study, but who did not major in the subject as undergrads. The program prepares students to advance their academic careers by providing the type of coursework that top graduate programs require, including research experience. 

The program provides valuable preparation for Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs, including psychology, education, management, public health, and social work. The Certificate can be completed in two semesters of full-time study, or longer, depending on your schedule.

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$2500 Potential fellowship funds from SPS for research or fieldwork
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2 Opportunities for supervised research
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14% Demand increase for psychologists through 2026*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS Psychologists

Program Details
Certificate Options Application Requirements Course Format Time Commitment
Certificate in Psychology (Part-Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent

Part-time options are available.

28 credits in all (7 courses).

Certificate in Psychology (Full-Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent

Can be completed in as little as two years.

28 credits in all (7 courses).

Valuable preparation for Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs, including psychology, education, management, public health, and social work.

Who should apply:
  • Recent graduates who wish to prepare for graduate school in a field related to psychology.
  • Professionals seeking a career change into a cutting-edge industry.
Lifelong benefits you receive as a Columbia graduate:
  • Access to a world-renowned system of libraries
  • A Columbia email address
  • Membership in a network of Columbia students, faculty and alumni

International Students: Qualifies students on an F1 Visa to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of the certificate.

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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 in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.

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This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $64,484 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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