Adults and Professionals: Applying

Adults & Professionals

Application Deadlines

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

Applications are still being accepted for: Domestic Students International Students Until May 7
The application is closed.
Enrollment Priority Deadline Apply by February 1 in order to register February 26, 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
Deadline Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. April 1

Application Requirements

Completed online application form
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 requirements

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.

 

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.

$80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Domestic Transcripts from institutions 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. 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: 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 certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. 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+
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

* 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.

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.
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.