Master of Science Degree Completion

Graduating M.S. Students

The degree of Master of Science is conferred upon a student who has satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of the School of Continuing Education and the program. Each program of study sets forth the specific requirements for the degree as well as standards of satisfactory performance and progress. These standards are described in materials published by the School. Columbia University awards degrees three times during the academic year: in February, May and October. Commencement ceremonies take place in May every year. All graduates are invited to participate in the SCE Class Day and University Commencement Ceremony.

In order to receive a diploma, students must fill out an Application for Degree and mail it to the address provided on the site.

Deadlines for submitting degree applications:

October 2013 graduates: August 1
February 2014 graduates: November 1
May 2014 graduates: December 1

M.S. candidates who fail to earn the degree by the conferral date for which they applied must reapply for a later conferral date.

You can check to see whether or not your Application for Degree has been received by logging on to SSOL ( and clicking on the “Degree Application Status” link. Please note that during peak times, it may take a week for your degree application status to be updated in SSOL.

Failure to apply to graduate will prevent you from participating in the May Class Day and CU Commencement.

SCE Class Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus

Reception: Immediately following ceremony, Avery Plaza.

Columbia's 260th Commencement

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus

All eligible graduates will receive information pertaining to graduation events during mid-spring. Please monitor this page for updates. For information about commencement, purchasing regalia, SCE Class Day, and a schedule of graduation events, visit the University's Commencement website.