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:
- Enroll in fewer than four classes.
- 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.
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.
For detailed course descriptions, please visit the courses page and select the subject area you are interested in.
Contact the Department
Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions
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
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.