Offered on-campus during Summer Session 2 (Q), July 8–August 16
Note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.
Please note that the applicant may upload unofficial transcripts at the start of the application process. Once an applicant has been admitted and has indicated acceptance of our offer of admission, certified and secure online official transcripts must be submitted directly to Columbia from the applicant’s prior institution(s)’ Registrar Office. Please note that incoming students for the fall 2019 semester will be contacted with specific instructions on electronic submission from prior institution(s) for receipt of these documents. Only if a prior academic institution is unable to submit certified and secure online official transcripts, an official transcript in a sealed envelope must be sent directly from that institution’s Registrar Office to Columbia. Columbia will use its verification vendor to verify the applicant’s degree and transcript with the prior academic institutions and/or the relevant country’s Ministry of Education. Applicants will be asked to consent to participate in this verification process by submitting an authorization and release form.
Applicants may apply to one program offered at the School of Professional Studies in a given semester. Applicants denied admission must wait a full year before reapplying to the elected program.
- Applicants require a TOEFL iBT score between 85 and 99, a minimum SPS/ALP level of 7, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
- If you have a higher TOEFL iBT score and you are interested in taking business courses, you may be interested in Business Certification, Business Edge, or Business Practice.
Completed Online Application form.
$95.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
You are required to disclose and provide official academic transcripts for all post-secondary academic study completed and in progress. This includes individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.
Domestic Transcripts From institutions in the U.S. or Canada
If your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. 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 certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly. 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.
International Transcripts From institutions outside the U.S. or Canada
If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Admissions requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES) (http://www.wes.org/students/), a third party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation.
Instructions for using WES:
WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course-levels) and request to have WES send your evaluation to Columbia University School of Professional Studies. The school can be found by searching Columbia University and then selecting School of Professional Studies. The evaluation provided to the School of Professional Studies becomes an official academic record and sole property of the School of Professional Studies upon its receipt.
WES evaluations will be reviewed by School of Professional Studies administrators and the determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the School of Professional Studies.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English or have not completed their undergraduate studies at an accredited U.S. college or university are 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. Applicants receiving scores above the posted minimums may be advised to consider Business Certificate, Business Edge, or Business Practice.
|English Language Proficiency Test||Minimum Required Score|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*||85–99|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||6.5+|
|Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A)||59+|
|Cambridge Preliminary (PET)||Distinction|
|Cambridge Business Preliminary||Distinction|
|Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)||Grade C or better|
|Cambridge Business Vantage||Grade C or better|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||B2 Certificate or higher|
|Cambridge Business Higher||B2 Certificate or higher|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||C1 Certificate or higher|
* Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.
Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)
The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, how the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience.
Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.
Visas and Registration Requirements
People admitted to study at Columbia University who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must be a full-time student at Columbia - registered for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in a six week session or 12 points of credit-bearing courses in the entire 12-week summer period - in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa.
Eligible international students who wish to apply for an F-1 visa should do so immediately after they have received their letter of admission to the School of Professional Studies by contacting the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia (below) at least three months before the first day of class. Students will then be sent information about obtaining an F-1 visa. Once in the United States in F-1 status, students must register for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses, during the registration period, and remain so registered throughout the course of the session. If a student neglects to do this, or if a student falls below the 6-point minimum during the course of a session, the student will be reported in violation of F-1 regulations to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Visitors to the United States in B-1, B-2, WB or WT status are not allowed to enroll in classes at Columbia 's School of Professional Studies.
International students who require a student (F-1) visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee.
For questions about individual cases please contact:
International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
|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.|
|Include applicant name and program name.||All application materials submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management outside of those uploaded to the online application system at the time of application should clearly bear the applicant's name and the name of the program to which he or she is applying.|
General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising
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.