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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

Program Structure 

  • Part-Time
  • 30 points (credits) for degree completion
  • 4 consecutive terms to complete
  • Online instruction 
  • 2 in-person residencies*
  • Fall intake only

This curriculum and course listing is for students starting the program in Fall 2021.

The program will follow a cohort model with students taking the same courses at the same time on a part-time basis for four semesters (including a summer session). In addition to conducting online coursework, students participate in two in-person sessions at the opening and conclusion of the program. These residencies consist of group activities to apply concepts and develop career advancement strategies, and networking opportunities among the students, faculty, and guest speakers. Students are responsible for covering their travel and lodging expenses for the duration of the required residencies.

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 points/credits per term) and study on campus. Please note that this is a part-time program and therefore does not qualify for an F1 student visa.

Residency Dates

For Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Residency I: Thursday, August 20th – Friday, August 21st, 2020 (online)
  • Residency II: Monday, December 13th – Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 (online or in-person)

For Fall 2021 Cohort

  • Residency I: Wednesday, August 18th – Thursday, August 19th, 2021 (online)
  • Residency II: December 2022 (TBD)

New students will begin the program orientation in August. If permissible under COVID-19 state guidelines, this will be an in-person two-and-a-half-day residency at Columbia University’s campus in New York City. If not permissible, this will be held online. 

The second in-person residency will take place at the end of the program in December of the following year. An online version of this residency will be available for students who cannot attend in person although in-person attendance is strongly preferred.

International students are welcome to attend the in-person residencies. An online version of the residencies is available for international students who cannot attend in person.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FALL 2021 IN-PERSON RESIDENCY IS CONTINGENT UPON CONDITIONS DUE TO COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses, dates or sequence of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

Course Sequence

All students enrolled in the program must take all 10 courses in the following order. There are no electives. 

With the exception of the final semester when students complete their Applied Research projects, each semester consists of three required courses: one 14-week course for the entire duration of the semester and two successive 7-week courses. Each semester, students will take one course that lasts the entire term and two back-to-back courses that last half the term; students will only take up to two courses at any given time. Expand the course accordions to see the duration of each course.

Semester 1 (Fall Semester I)

Semester 2 (Spring)

Semester 3 (Summer)

Semester 4 (Fall Semester II)

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