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Postbaccalaureate Studies

Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies Postbaccalaureate programs offer motivated students with bachelor’s degrees the opportunity to advance their knowledge and achieve their academic goals as part of Columbia University’s community. Rigorous undergraduate and graduate courses in more than 100 subject areas offer students the opportunity to study with Columbia’s distinguished faculty alongside matriculating degree candidates. Working closely with advisors at the School of Professional Studies, postbaccalaureate students develop a dynamic plan tailored to their backgrounds and academic goals, drawing from options ranging from highly structured to extremely flexible.

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100+ More than 100 areas of study
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15+ Advanced Certificates and Certifications of Professional Achievement available
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65+ Individuals 65 and older can join the Lifelong Learners Auditing Program
Program Highlights
Program Options Application Requirements Course Format Time Commitment
University Courses

Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited American or foreign university required

Tailored to individual backgrounds and academic goals

Varies depending on academic pursuits. Can be highly structured or extremely flexible

Who Should Apply

Motivated students with bachelor’s degrees who are looking to advance their knowledge and pursue their goals as part of Columbia University’s community.

Attention: Pre-Med Students

Postbaccalaureate Studies through SPS may be most valuable to individuals who have already completed most pre-med classes and only need to take a few more classes to fulfill requirements. Students have the ability to customize a program of study to meet their individual needs. Each semester, SPS welcomes students taking classes across Math, Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology for this purpose.

Students seeking an exclusive pre-med program with in-built medical school advising may want to consider the Postbac Premed Program at the Columbia University School of General Studies.

Transfer Credit

Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may confer up to 15 credits toward the M.A. or Ph.D. for work completed as a Postbaccalaureate Studies student. Courses must be completed with a grade of B or better and must be approved by the department.

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Learn more about the Postbaccalaureate Studies program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies or contact the program advisor.

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As admissions to our program are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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* 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 in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.