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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Curriculum & Courses

  • 36 points (credits) for degree completion
  • 7 required courses (21 points), one Capstone Project Seminar (3 points), and 4 elective courses (12 points)
  • Combination of on-campus and online instruction
  • Customize the curriculum to your individual academic and professional interests and career objectives
  • Executive Master’s Schedule
  • 16 months - 3 years to complete
  • Two on-campus Residencies in New York City that combine coursework and networking opportunities with classmates and faculty.

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. Enrollment in this program does not meet the full-time requirements for an F1 student visa.
 

Degree Requirements

The 36-point (credits) program consists of seven required core courses (three points/credits each), four elective courses (three points/credits each), and a required capstone project (three points/credits). Degree requirements can be completed in as little as 16 months or up to 3 years. Candidates for the master’s degree are expected to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science diploma bearing the name and seal of Columbia University.
 

Sample Schedules & Important Dates

Click the links below to view an example of possible course sequencing and timelines.

Sample Schedule for 2020-2021 Cohort

Sample Schedule for 2021-2022 Cohort 

Accelerated Track (Fall Intake Only)

Below is the suggested sequence of required courses for students interested in completing the degree in 16 months. Please note, this sequence does not yet include elective courses. Students are able to select four elective courses (12 points/credits) in addition to the required courses.  Students have the flexibility to choose from electives designed and taught by IKNS faculty or any other graduate-level courses from across Columbia University. The Bulletin of over 45 pre-approved electives can be viewed here.

Fall I

Spring I

Summer I

Fall II

Regular Track (Fall Intake Only)

Students with full-time work commitments and interested in pursuing the degree at a slower pace have the flexibility of completing the degree anywhere between 21 months to 36 months.  Below is an example of a suggested sequence of the required courses that would allow a student to complete the degree in 28 months. Please note, this sequence does not yet include elective courses. Students can select four elective courses (12 points/credits) in addition to the required courses.  Students have the flexibility to choose from electives designed and taught by IKNS faculty or any other graduate-level courses from across Columbia University. The Bulletin of over 45 pre-approved electives can be viewed here.

Fall I

Spring I

Fall II

Spring II

Summer II

Fall III

Elective Courses 

Students complete 4 elective courses (12 points/credits) in addition to the required core curriculum (24 points/credits). In order to customize their own learning experience in the IKNS program to their individual academic and professional interests and career objectives, students have the flexibility to choose from over 45 pre-approved electives from across Columbia University. In addition to 6 electives designed and taught by IKNS faculty, these pre-approved electives include courses from the Columbia Business School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), the Mailman School of Public Health, and the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Any other graduate-level, Columbia University courses that do not appear on the Bulletin of pre-approved electives can be applied towards the degree following departmental review and approval. The Bulletin of over 45 pre-approved electives can be viewed here.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.