Graduate Foundations

Graduate Foundations


Through the Graduate Foundations Program, you’ll develop your own curriculum at a world-class institution and enhance your application for a Ph.D. or master’s degree.

Custom-design your path of study with the help of an academic advisor to meet your individual needs, and select the specific classes that will help strengthen your graduate school application or meet specific program prerequisites.

You will work closely with an advisor to select your course of study and ensure it is rigorous and appropriate for your desired path. This advising continues throughout your time as a student in the program.


Choose from undergraduate and graduate courses that span more than 50 disciplines. You will have the opportunity to take classes taught by Columbia University faculty alongside students in degree programs and engage in the rich intellectual discourse found at an Ivy League institution.



For detailed course descriptions, please visit the courses page and select the subject area you are interested in.

How to Apply

To apply, follow the Summer Sessions application instructions for your admissions category:

Visiting Students Undergraduates or graduates at another institution. See Details >
Adults & Professionals Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher degree. See Details >


Contact the Department

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising

gradfoundations [at]
Other Program Contacts

Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions

Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Admissions
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.