- Tuition & Fees
|Session 1||May 15|
|Session 2||June 26|
- Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form.See Application Requirements below.
- Submit your online application and fee payment.See Submitting the Application below.
- Receive an admissions decision notification online.See Notification of Admissions Decision below.
Completed application form
Create an account and log in to begin the online application.
$80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
Fee payment must accompany the online application.
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
Graduate Visiting Students must submit transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate institutions and are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. 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 isn't English must include proof of English proficiency. Jump to the English Language Proficiency requirements at the end of the page for conditions and details.
- Additional application materials for certificate applicants only
A résumé in U.S. business format. (For guidelines on formatting your résumé according to American business practices, please visit Columbia’s Career Education Center at http://www.careereducation.columbia.edu/resources/tipsheets/resumes-and-cvs-basic-resumes).
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 you are applying for a certificate program and 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.
Submitting the Application
Unofficial documents will be used for admission consideration.
Applicants are encouraged to submit all supporting application materials through the online application system.
Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Applications are not considered complete until all required materials listed in the Application Requirements section above have been received.
Submit all official documents to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants who are admitted to the program must submit all official documents to the Office of Admissions before the offer is considered official.
Mailing Address and Contact Information
Office of Admissions
School of Continuing Education
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
|Monday-Thursday||9:00 AM–6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM–5:00 PM|
Notification of Admissions Decision
Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 5-7 business days after an application is complete.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). This requirement is only waived if you received your undergraduate degree at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English or are currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official scores sent directly from either TOEFL or IELTS prior to enrollment for verification before the admission offer is considered official. (Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must have a score of at least 100 on the Internet-based version (600 paper based). Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to apply directly to the American Language Program.
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