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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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M.S. and M.P.S. Orientation Schedule

It is expected that all incoming students to the School of Professional studies participate fully in their Orientation. For the Fall 2021 semester, M.S. and M.P.S. New Student Orientation will comprise of three parts:

  1. SPS Pre-Orientation Portal and University Tutorials
  2. New Student Virtual Workshops
  3. Academic Program Breakouts

View the New Student Orientation Guide

SPS Pre-Orientation Portal and University Tutorials

All new School of Professional Studies students are required to participate in an online, asynchronous SPS Pre-Orientation portal prior to their arrival on campus. This portal introduces students to various offices and resources available to them while at SPS. This portal includes information about academic integrity, student engagement, ISSO, health services, and more. 

Additionally, all incoming students to Columbia University are required to complete two university-wide online training hosted by University Life on Courseworks. These include 1) Welcome to Columbia and 2) Sexual Assault Prevention. These tutorials will be made available to incoming students by early August and must be completed no later than September 9, 2021.

Failure to complete the designated required sections by September 9, 2021, will result in a registration hold on your student account which will prevent you from registering for classes.

Access the SPS Pre-Orientation Portal here

*If you are unable to access the SPS Pre-Orientation Portal using the link above, copy and paste the following link into your browser: If you require the ADA compatible version, once you login there is a button on the bottom right that says "ADA Version."

New Student Virtual Workshops

At the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, your transition to graduate studies is important to us. We have designed various virtual workshops to support your transition. Whether you are learning how to finance your degree, navigate your academics or seeking guidance on professional development, we have a session just for you!

All new SPS students are expected to attend as many workshops as possible. Most workshops are offered twice and students need to attend only one of those sessions. Domestic students are not expected to attend either of the workshops designed for international students.

All workshops have concluded. Students are encouraged to view the session recordings for any workshop they are unable to attend live.

Access the Fall 2021 Workshop Recordings Here

Academic Program Breakouts

The Academic Program Breakout Session is an opportunity to meet with leaders and representatives from your academic program, learn about your coursework, and get to know your fellow classmates. These sessions will be held between August 28th and September 3rd. Students will be notified by mid-July of their program session’s date and time with a link to register. We expect your academic breakout to last approximately 2 hours.

All breakout sessions will have a virtual option for students to attend. At this time, our team is working diligently with university partners to determine if some academic breakouts will have an in-person component as well.

If you have any questions, please reach out to sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.