FAQ

Postbaccalaureate Studies

Below are some frequently asked questions about studying at Columbia in the summer.

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Am I applying to the Adults and Professionals Program or to the Postbaccalaureate Studies Program?

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you are applying to the Postbaccalaureate Studies (as stated on the application); however, your “student category” is referred to as “Adults and Professionals” in the summer.

Can I take a class for Pass/Fail?

Yes, but only up until a certain point. Please make sure to review the important deadlines in the summer here.

Why do students pursue the Postbaccalaureate Studies Program?

Prospective students apply to the Postbaccalaureate Studies Program for a variety of reasons. For some, they want to take courses to apply to graduate school while others, want to take courses to advance their career. Some professionals join the program because they are interested in changing careers and would like to explore a new subject area.

Who are the instructors in the summer?

All of the instructors are extremely knowledge and reputable in their field. Instructors are either full time faculty at Columbia, seasoned adjuncts, or PhD students that have been nominated to teach by their department.

Can I continue to take courses beyond the summer?

Yes. You can take classes throughout the academic year as well.

I was admitted into the program, but cannot start in the summer. Can I defer?

You can defer up to one academic year. Following the academic year, you will need to reapply to the program.

Can credits be transferred to a degree program at another institution later?

Only the other institution can determine if credits earned through the Postbaccalaureate Program will transfer to the degree.