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Curriculum & Courses

  • 36 points for degree completion
  • Combination of on-campus and online instruction
  • Executive Master’s Schedule
  • 16 months to complete*
  • Capstone Project Seminar

*Three on-campus multi-day intensive study.

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

Candidates for the master’s degree are expected to complete the degree requirements within 16 months (four consecutive terms, including summer) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The 36-point program consists of eight core requirements (three points each), two electives (three points each), and a capstone project (six points).

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

Intensive Study Schedules & Dates

This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of intensive study and courses.

Schedule for 2019–2020 Cohort

Schedule for 2020-2021 Cohort

  • Intensive I: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Friday, August 21, 2020 
  • Intensive II: Wednesday, April 29, 2021 - Saturday, May 1, 2021 
  • Intensive III: Fall 2021 Dates TBD

Required Program Sequence (Fall Intake Only)

Fall I



Fall II

Elective Courses: 6 pts total (3 pts per elective)

Take elective courses offered through the program, or with the approval of the Academic Director, through other School of Professional Studies master’s programs in subjects such as Strategic Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Enterprise Risk Management, and Applied Analytics.

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