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Curriculum & Courses

Graduate Foundations students create a schedule built from the 3,000+ University undergraduate and graduate courses available to them and are enrolled alongside matriculated Columbia degree students. They also receive academic credit, and may request a Columbia University transcript showing the grades received in their classes as part of the Graduate Foundations program.

Course plan advising is provided on an individual basis, ensuring that students pursue a rigorous program of study appropriate to their academic goals.

Details on Course Seats and Required Preparation:

Course information is found in the Columbia University Directory of Classes.

Admittance into the Graduate Foundations program does not guarantee any student a seat in a course. Certain courses such as seminars are not normally open to Graduate Foundations students unless express permission is granted in advance by the instructor, department or program. Permission to register for courses in other divisions of the University depends on the course, the school that offers it, and the student’s academic status within the School of Professional Studies. Some schools allow cross-registration; others do not. Specific cross-registration information for each school can be found here. 

Please check with individual instructors about specific prerequisite course requirements. Admitted students may register for courses only if prerequisites are fulfilled.

A number of classes are offered after 5:00 PM, for those students who work during the day.

In over-enrolled courses, Columbia degree candidates often have priority over non-degree students. 

Admittance into the Postbaccalaureate Studies program does not guarantee any student a seat in a course. Certain courses such as seminars are not normally open to Postbaccalaureate Studies students unless express permission is granted in advance by the instructor, department or program. Please check with individual instructors about specific prerequisite course requirements.

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