Business Edge: Applying

Business Edge


Offered on-campus during Summer Session 1 (D), May 21–June 29
International Student Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
Domestic Student Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Eligibility Requirement
  • Applicants must be either rising undergraduate juniors or seniors.
  • For undergraduate degree holders, we recommend the Business Certificate program
  • Current Columbia University students do not need to submit an application for the Business Edge program and should visit the Business Edge section of the Columbia Students registration webpage for more information (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Do I need visa sponsorship from Columbia University?

Unless one of the four situations below applies to you, you need to complete a new I-20 for visa sponsorship:

  1. You are a student in F-1 or J-1 status at another U.S. institution and you will be returning there to continue your studies in the fall.
  2. You are completing an academic program at another U.S. institution in F-1 status and the summer session will end before your 60-day grace period expires.
  3. You are on F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training) and are interested in non-degree courses during the summer in your free time.
  4. You are in the U.S. in another legal immigration status that allows you to study incident to that status. This includes all non-immigrant statuses except B1/B2 or visitor status under the visa waiver program (ESTA) and F-2.
Application Process
  1. Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form. See Application Requirements below.
  2. Submit your online application and fee payment. See Submitting the Application below.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online. See Notification of Admissions Decision below.

Application Requirements

Completed online application form

Create an account and log in to begin the online application.

$80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)

Fee payment must accompany the online application. Fee waived if application is submitted before March 1.

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official. For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

Students whose native language is not English must include proof of English proficiency.

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from one of the tests listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will be required to send official scores directly from the test provider prior to enrollment; these scores will be verified before the admission offer is considered official. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to apply directly to the American Language Program.

English Language Proficiency Test Minimum Required Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt* 100+
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0+
Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) 72+
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or better
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C1 Certificate or higher
Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (low C1)
Cambridge Business Higher Grade C or better

* Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.

This requirement is only waived if: The applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.

A résumé in U.S. business format.
Statement of purpose (600–800 words)

The statement should address the following:

  1. A brief summary of your academic background and your personal and academic goals.
  2. Clearly articulated ideas regarding why the Business Edge program appeals to you and how participation in the program will help you realize your academic and personal goals.
Submitting the Application
Unofficial documents will be used for admission consideration. Applicants are encouraged to submit all supporting application materials through the online application system.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications are not considered complete until all required materials listed in the Application Requirements section above have been received.
Submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management. Applicants who are admitted to the program must submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management before the offer is considered official.


Application Contact Information

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.