Graduate Foundations

Graduate Foundations

 

Through the Graduate Foundations Program, you’ll develop your own curriculum at a world-class institution and enhance your application for a Ph.D. or master’s degree.

Custom-design your path of study with the help of an academic advisor to meet your individual needs, and select the specific classes that will help strengthen your graduate school application or meet specific program prerequisites.

The Graduate Foundations Program has two options:

  1. Enroll in fewer than four classes.
  2. Complete four or more classes and pursue a Certification of Professional Achievement in Graduate Foundations. Students who successfully complete four courses, with a cumulative grade of B or better will be awarded a Certification of Professional Achievement in Graduate Foundations and an official Columbia University transcript detailing the course of study.

(For the certification option, students are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certification must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward the completion of the certification.)

For either choice, you will work closely with an advisor to select your course of study and ensure it is rigorous and appropriate for your desired path. This advising continues throughout your time as a student in the program.

Curriculum

Choose from undergraduate and graduate courses that span more than 50 disciplines. You will have the opportunity to take classes taught by Columbia University faculty alongside students in degree programs and engage in the rich intellectual discourse found at an Ivy League institution.

Courses

 

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the courses page and select the subject area you are interested in.

How to Apply

To apply, follow the Summer Sessions application instructions for your admissions category:

Visiting Students Students enrolled at another institution. See Details >
Adults & Professionals Bachelor’s or advanced degree holders not enrolled at another institution. See Details >

 

Contact the Department

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising

gradfoundations [at] sps.columbia.edu
Other Program Contacts

Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions
212-854-9666
apply@sps.columbia.edu

Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
212-854-9666
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.