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There are two ways to complete the program, part-time:

  1. Part-Time, studying on campus for 6-7 terms.
  2. Part-time, studying online for four semesters, including three weeks of in-person intensive study during the spring or summer, dependent on start date.

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.

Part-Time Hybrid with Intensive Study (Spring Start)

Spring 1

Summer (On-Campus Intensive)

Fall

Spring 2

Total Credits Required: 40

Electives can be taken summer 1, fall 2, spring 2--6 points of electives required (at least 3 points must be an NECR elective). Students could also choose to stay one additional semester to complete the elective requirements.

Because of visa regulations, international students cannot take online classes at any point while in the United States for their on-campus summer intensive. Students must turn in all online work from the spring semester before traveling to the United States, and must not start their Summer Session 2 online work until they have returned to their home country.

Part-Time Hybrid with Intensive Study (Fall Start)

Fall 1

Spring (On-campus Intensive)

Summer

Fall 2

Total Credits Required: 40

Electives can be taken in Summer 1 or Fall 2--6 points of electives required (at least 3 points must be an NECR elective). Students could also choose to stay one additional semester to complete the elective requirements.

Part-Time On Campus (NYC)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Term 7

Total Credits Required: 40

At least 3 elective points 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.