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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. The M.S. and M.P.S. New Student Orientation will include three parts:

  1. Pre-Orientation Requirements
  2. Virtual Workshop Series
  3. Academic Program Breakouts

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.

Additionally, all incoming MS / MPS students must complete the Career Design Lab (CDL) Tutorial. This virtual training, hosted on SPS Engage, can be found here.

Failure to complete these three tutorials by September 6, 2022, will result in a registration hold on your student account which will prevent you from registering for classes.

2. Virtual Workshop Series: August 8 - 19, 2022

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. Recordings will be made available in late August on this webpage.

Register Here

3. Academic Program Breakouts: August 29 - September 1, 2022

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.


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