Adults and Professionals: Applying

Adults & Professionals

Application Deadlines

Other registration deadlines and session dates are listed on the Calendars page.

Enrollment Priority Deadline Apply by February 1 in order to register February 25, when registration opens. February 1
Application Fee Waiver Deadline March 1 is the final day to submit your application without the $80 application fee. March 1
Important Application Instructions

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 apply@sps.columbia.edu.

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.

Application Requirements

Completed online application form

Select "Postbaccalaureate Studies" under Program.

$80.00 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 ask that you submit unofficial transcripts within the application system at the time you apply. Candidates offered admission are required to supply official transcripts prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official and before being permitted to register for classes. Official transcripts must be submitted by July 15 for new students enrolling in the fall term and by December 1 for new students enrolling in the spring term.

Official transcripts must be submitted electronically if the institution has a process for emailing electronic transcripts (such as services available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse). The registrar’s office may submit the transcripts to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

If, and only if, the institution does not provide an electronic delivery option, official transcripts must arrive directly from the issuing institution, and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. We will also not accept hard copy documents from institutions offering electronic delivery.

Official transcripts from your conferring undergraduate institution must include a notation certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

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 Enrollment Management requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), 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 the 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.

Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

Proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English)

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+
TOEFL PBT* 600+
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
DAAD Grade B

* Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.

See additional Certification and CPA application requirements

In the online application form, select the appropriate Certification/Certificate option under "Program".

Please note that Certifications in Business, Critical Issues in International Relations, Human Rights, and United Nations Studies are open only to undergraduate students who are rising juniors or seniors with strong academic records.

  • A résumé in U.S. business format
  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words) The statement should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, and 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.

    If your intentions include graduate school preparation, please indicate the graduate program(s) to which you intend to apply and discuss how the course plan you have selected, citing specific courses you plan to take, will prepare you for admission to the program(s).

    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.
See additional Business Plus application requirement

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.

See additional Arabic Summer Program requirements
  • Statement of purpose (500–750 words) addressing your purpose and interest in pursuing the program and how it fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing on what you hope to accomplish while in the program. 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.
  • A résumé in U.S. business format.
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.

Note: Students 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.

Notification of Admissions Decision

Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 2–3 weeks after an application is complete.

Application Contact Information

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.