There are many options for Columbia University employees to study through the School of Continuing Education, from taking a class or classes in the Arts and Sciences, to pursuing a certification or preparing for graduate school within the Postbaccalaureate Studies program, to the rigorous curriculum of our master’s degree programs. Most of our programs are structured for working individuals, with most classes offered in the evenings.

To help you find a program appropriate for your needs and academic background please select a category below:

University Faculty and Officers of Research

University Faculty and Officers of Research at Columbia are eligible to apply for a variety of academic programs through the School of Continuing Education.

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Take a Class

The Postbaccalaureate Studies program offers you the opportunity to take a course or courses. Faculty and Research Officers of the University will complete an abbreviated application consisting of contact and citizenship information, and will not be assessed the application fee nor be required to submit additional documents.

Simply complete an abbreviated Postbaccalaureate Studies application, consisting of contact and citizenship information. No other documents or information are required, and you will not be assessed an application fee. Within 24 hours, you will receive your welcome letter, at which time you can fill out and send along your registration form, which we provide. Our staff will handle this initial class registration on your behalf and our Student Services team will contact you directly. Evening courses are available in many of the departments in the Arts and Sciences. Visit our Fall/Spring courses or Summer courses pages for detailed course information.

Please note, upon submission of this form the School of Continuing Education will create a student record for you and you will be registered for the designated courses.

Applying Your Tuition Benefit

For information regarding the next steps for applying your tuition benefit please visit the University human resources website. Please note that student and University fees are not covered by the tuition benefit and will be assessed to your student account during the next billing cycle. For more information about these fees, click here.

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Certification and Master’s Degree Programs

The School of Continuing Education offers Certification of Professional Achievement and Master of Science degree programs, most of which are designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals. Employees are held to the same academic standards as matriculated students at the University, and are required to follow the calendars, admissions requirements, and administrative policies posted throughout the Continuing Education website.

Information regarding the tuition benefit can be found by visiting:

Faculty and Staff Services
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker Floor 4
New York, NY 10027
212-851-7000

Human Resources Tuition exemption forms are available in 205 Kent and 615 West 131st Street.

Other Officers and Support Staff

Officers and support staff at Columbia who hold a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for a variety of academic programs through the School of Continuing Education.

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Options for Employees with a Bachelor's Degree

Employees are held to the same academic standards as matriculated students at the University, and are required to follow the calendars, admissions requirements, and administrative policies posted throughout the Continuing Education website.

Take a Class

The Postbaccalaureate Studies program offers employees the opportunity to take a course or courses for graduate school preparation, professional advancement, or personal enrichment.

Evening courses are available in many of the departments in the Arts and Sciences. Visit our Fall/Spring courses or Summer courses pages for detailed course information.

Master's Degree Programs

The School of Continuing Education offers the following master's degree programs. Most are designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals.

Applying Your Tuition Benefit

Upon submission of your registration form the School of Continuing Education will create a student record for you and you will be registered for the designated courses. For information regarding the next steps for applying your tuition benefit please visit the University human resources website. Please note that student and University fees are not covered by the tuition benefit and will be assessed to your student account during the next billing cycle. For more information about these fees, click here.

Information regarding the tuition benefit can be found by visiting:

Faculty and Staff Services
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker Floor 4
New York, NY 10027
212-851-7000

Human Resources Tuition exemption forms are available in 205 Kent and 615 West 131st Street.

Options for Employees without a Bachelor’s Degree

Pursue a bachelor’s degree at Columbia

Individuals who do not hold a bachelor’s degree should contact the School of General Studies to find out about applying for admission to an undergraduate degree program at Columbia.

Audit a class or classes

Individuals interested in sitting in on selected courses in the Arts and Sciences may apply to audit a class or classes. Employees should note that tuition exemption does not cover audited courses. For more information regarding tuition benefits please visit the University’s Human Resources website: http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits/tuition/exemption-officers/eligibility-benefits/off-bene#not-covered

Employees with Children in High School

Learn more about options for High School Students who are children of Columbia University Employees.

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Full-time permanent University employees receive 25 percent off tuition for the Summer High School Program in New York City. Other program charges (housing, board, fees) are not discounted.

Children of employees must include a copy of the parent/guardian’s Columbia University ID, as proof of employment, with their applications to the Summer High School Program in New York City.

If you have specific questions about the Summer High School Program or the tuition discount, please contact the School of Continuing Education: 212-854-9666, hsp@columbia.edu.

Tuition Exemption

Columbia University offers a Tuition Exemption Benefit Program for both full-time, regular salaried Officers as well as Support Staff, so that you and your eligible dependents may take courses at Columbia.

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  1. Check your eligibility: To find out what your Tuition Exemption Benefit covers, go to http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits and log into the CU Benefits Enrollment System with your UNI & Password. Go to "Actions," then to "Tuition Programs, Print Your Eligibility Form," and then click "Tuition Exemption - For Yourself." For more detailed information and the Tuition Exemption Benefits Policy, please visit http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits/tuition.
  2. Submit your application: A School of Continuing Education program application is required, and you must be admitted into the program in order to register for courses. If you are applying for the Spring 2015 semester, please submit your application as soon as possible to receive early consideration, as many courses have limited space.
  3. Register: Instructions on how to register for courses will be sent upon admission to the program.
  4. Submit your eligibility form: In order for your Tuition Exemption Benefit to be applied to your student account, you must present a signed Tuition Exemption Eligibility Form each term to the Student Financial Services office at your school before the end of the Change of Program Period.