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Morningside Campus Access Updates

The Morningside campus is open to everyone between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and is limited to CUID holders between 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. CUID holders can request campus access for guests by completing the registration form. Campus entry points remain limited. Read More.
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Admissions

Qualifications

  • U.S. bachelor’s degree or international equivalent.
    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the United States, the Office of Admissions requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation for admission consideration. The Office of Admissions will use the credential evaluation provided by WES to determine if your undergraduate degree is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Students must be comfortable with rapid and idiomatic spoken English.
    Please review the English language proficiency details under the Application Requirements section to determine if proof of English language proficiency is required. Applicants who are required to provide test scores must submit a current TOEFL iBT or IELTS score report and have a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or receive a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. If you have TOEFL paper scores, please contact apply [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu (apply[at]sps[dot]columbia[dot]edu) to discuss their use.
  • Demonstrated ability for critical thinking and analysis.

As admissions to our programs are highly competitive, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure it is reviewed before the program has reached capacity.

Application decisions are delivered on a rolling basis, typically 6-8 weeks after an application is submitted with all materials.

Please read through the admissions policies and application requirements carefully.

Fall 2024 Deadlines*

*If a deadline falls on weekend/holiday, and you encounter any submission issue, please reach out and note that we will respond to any request the next business day.

Category Details Deadline
All Applicants

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Priority Deadline: January 15

Final Deadline: May 1

Applicants With International Documents

Students who require an F-1 visa or who have international transcripts are encouraged to apply by the recommended date. This date is suggested to ensure you have enough time for student visa processing. You may refer to this website to review the current visa appointment wait times.

Suggested Application Deadline: March 15

Fall 2024 Deposit Deadlines
Admit Date First deposit due Second deposit due
If admitted by December 15

$2000 by January 15

$1000 by June 1

If admitted between December 16‑February 15

$2000 by March 15

$1000 by June 1

If admitted between February 16‑April 12

$2000 by May 15

$1000 by June 1

If admitted April 13‑May 24

$2000 by May 31

$1000 by June 1

If admitted on or after May 25

$3000 1 week from letter date

N/A

Spring 2025 Deadlines
Category Details Deadline
All Applicants

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

November 1

Applicants With International Documents

Students who require an F-1 visa or who have international transcripts are encouraged to apply by the recommended date. This date is suggested to ensure you have enough time for student visa processing. You may refer to this website to review the current visa appointment wait times.

Recommended Application Deadline: October 1

Please note: only the Hybrid Format  of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program has a Spring 2025 intake.
Spring 2025 Deposit Deadlines
Admit Date First deposit due Second deposit due
If admitted by October 1

$2000 30 days from letter date

$1000 by November 1

If admitted on or after October 2

$3000 30 days from letter date

N/A

If admitted between November 1‑November 15

$3000 14 days from letter date

N/A

If admitted between November 16‑November 24

$3000 7 days from letter date

N/A

If admitted after November 25

$3000 2 days from letter date

N/A

Application Process

Review the Application Process in our Master's Degree Applicants section.

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Application Requirements

Credentials Verification

Columbia University requires all incoming students to complete a credentials verification process before enrollment. The process includes verification of letters of reference and of all post-secondary transcripts and degrees awarded. Upon submission of the application, applicants must provide written consent to participate in the verification of all academic, professional, and reference information provided during the application process. 

The School of Professional Studies has contracted with Re Vera Services to assist with the verification of letters of recommendation. If letters of recommendation are provided, recommenders will be contacted by a Re Vera representative to confirm authorship of submitted letters. The recommendation verification is conducted concurrently while the application is being reviewed for admission. Admissions decisions will only be released to applicants who have uploaded their consent form within the online application system.

Admitted students must submit final, official transcripts of all academic studies and proof of award of all degrees earned prior to enrollment in the School of Professional Studies.

Detailed information about each part of the credentials verification process appears below.

Application Policies

Admitted Students

Visit our Admitted Students section to learn important instructions, including Enrollment Next Steps and Housing and University Resources.

If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

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