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

  1. On-campus full-time, studying for 4 terms.

  2. On-campus accelerated full-time, studying for 3 terms.

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 points/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.

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

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

At least 3 elective points (credits) must be an NECR elective. Electives may be taken in other semesters; please rework your schedule with NECR program approval if so. **International students may need to switch course sequence to ensure F1 compliance. Make sure to consult ISSO and your SPS Advisor.

Total Points (Credits) Required: 40

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

Fall

Spring

Summer

Total Points (Credits) Required: 40

At least 3 elective points (credits) must be an NECR elective. Electives may be taken in other semesters; please rework your schedule with NECR program approval if so.

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

Spring

Summer

Fall

Total Points (Credits) Required: 40

At least 3 elective points (credits) must be an NECR elective. Electives may be taken in other semesters; please rework your schedule with NECR program approval if so.

 

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.