Curriculum & Courses
30 points for degree completion
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.
New students will begin the program with an online orientation in August. Later in the Fall, domestic students will participate in an in-person residency on Columbia’s campus in New York City. The second in-person residency will take place at the end of the program. 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.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FALL 2020 IN-PERSON RESIDENCY HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.
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.
All students enrolled in the program must take all 10 courses in the following order. There are no electives.
Each semester consists of either two or three required courses: two 14-week courses for the entire duration of the semester or one 12-week or 14-week course for the entire duration of the semester and two successive 7-week courses. 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)
All coursework in this program is required and will enable students to qualify to take the CFP exam* and be prepared to transition into a career as an advisor. Students should familiarize themselves with the Terms and Conditions of taking the exam and obtaining the certification at cfp.net.
*There is no citizenship requirement to sit for the CFP exam. Once certified, however, you may only use CFP certification marks in the United States. Students should familiarize themselves with the Terms and Conditions of taking the exam and obtaining the certification at cfp.net.
Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.