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There are three ways to complete the program full-time:

  1. Full-time, studying on campus for 3-4 terms.

  2. Accelerated full-time, studying on campus for three terms.

  3. Full-time, studying online for three terms including three weeks of in-person intensive study.

International students should note that they are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. It is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, an international student must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.

These program sequences illustrate sample pathways to program completion; with the approval of the program’s Academic Director, you may have some flexibility as to when you take your electives courses.

Required Full-Time Four-Term Pathway: New York City (Fall or Spring Intake)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Required Full-Time Three-Term Pathway: New York City (Fall Intake)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Required Full-Time Three-Term Pathway: New York City (Spring Intake)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Required Full-Time Pathway: Online and Intensive Study (Spring Intake Only)


Summer Session 1

Summer Session 2


Elective Courses

Not all elective courses are offered every term. Consult the Columbia University Directory of Classes for availability. Students are allowed to take one elective outside of the NECR program, with approval.

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