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M.S. and M.P.S. Degree Orientation Schedule

It is expected that all incoming students to the School of Professional Studies participate fully in their Orientation. 

  1. Pre-Orientation Requirements
  2. Virtual Workshop Series
  3. Academic Integrity Training
  4. Academic Program Breakouts
  5. International Student Orientation

1. Pre-Orientation Requirements

All new School of Professional Studies students are required to participate in the following pre-orientation trainings:

All incoming students to Columbia University must complete two, university-required online trainings, hosted by University Life on Courseworks. These include 1) Welcome to Columbia and 2) Sexual Assault Prevention. 

All incoming students must also complete the required Title IX at Columbia University training. This will be a virtual, Zoom training that you must attend on Tuesday, August 13th. Please register here to join this training.

2. Virtual Workshop Series

The SPS New Student Orientation virtual workshops are designed to introduce you to important campus resources and policies in order to support your transition into graduate studies. All new SPS students are expected to attend as many workshops as possible or view the records of those for which they are unable to attend. Domestic students are not expected to attend either of the workshops designed for international students.

You must register for each workshop individually. If you are unable to attend any session, you are expected to view the recording before the first day of class. 


3. Academic Integrity Training

At the School of Professional Studies, academic integrity is regarded as a key principle of intellectual development. The purpose of this training is to familiarize each incoming student with the expectations and standards for academic integrity at Columbia University. The modules will cover key terms, outline the consequences for students found in violation of Columbia's policies, and provide students with the opportunity to test their knowledge and judgement in exercising these standards throughout their time at the University.

Questions about this training should be directed to the Office of Student Support: sps-studentservices [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

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4. Academic Program Breakouts: August 26 - August 30, 2024

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. We expect your academic breakout to last approximately 2 hours. Registration for your program's session is required. More information will be announced soon!

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

5. International Student Orientation: August 30, 2024