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Curriculum & Courses

Program Structure 

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

This curriculum and course listing is for students starting the program in Fall 2020.

The program will follow a cohort module 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 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.

*Domestic students are required to participate in the residencies on Columbia’s campus in New York City. International students are welcome to attend the in-person residencies.  An online version of the residencies is available only for international students who cannot attend in person.

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.

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 2020)

Semester 2 (Spring 2021)

Semester 3 (Summer 2021)

Semester 4 (Fall 2021)

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.