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Fall 2020 Advisory

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Application Requirements

Please read the requirements of your program carefully. Each program has a unique prompt for the statement of academic purpose and supplemental essay (where applicable), and other requirements may also differ, such as the need to provide standardized test scores.


Qualifications for all Master's Programs

  • U.S. bachelor’s degree or international equivalent. If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the United States, the Office of Admissions requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation for admission consideration. The Office of Admissions will use the credential evaluation provided by WES to determine if your undergraduate degree is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Students must be comfortable with rapid and idiomatic spoken English. Please review the English language proficiency details for your program of interest to determine if proof of English language proficiency is required. To be considered for admission, applicants required to provide test scores must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (600 paper based) or receive a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS.
  • If you are applying for the Spring 2021 semester and are unable to provide official scores on the TOEFL or IELTS due to the closing of testing centers, you may submit a request to use the DET Duolingo English Test in order to demonstrate English proficiency. Applicant DET Duolingo English Test scores must meet the Columbia SPS minimum requirement of 120. Applicants may also be asked to complete an interview using a video conferencing tool.  
  • Demonstrated ability for critical thinking and analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

See below for more detailed requirements.