Columbia University

New York, New York, United States

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Eligibility & Documents Required for Admission


  1. A bachelor's degree in a suitable subject (as specified on the course/department website) is required.
  2. English language competency (TOEFL, IELTS, or DET):
  • TOEFL: 600 points on a paper-and-pencil test or 100 points on an online test
  • IELTS: 7.5 Bands Overall
  • 120 in DET
  • GMAT or GRE exam that is standardized (no minimum score specified)

The following documents are required:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Examination of the Graduate Record (GRE) Test Scores (Optional for Spring and Fall 2022 applications)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Publications
  • résumé or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • It is possible that an interview will be sought.
  •  An application fee of $85 is non-refundable.
  • Additional requirements (vary with program)

Admission Dates & Process

Fall intake:

  • Applications open: Early December
  • Priority Early Action Deadline: Mid- January
  • Early Action Deadline: Early March
  • Regular Decision Deadline: Early June

Spring intake:

  • Applications open: Early August
  • Priority Early Action Deadline: Early September
  • Early Action Deadline: Early October
  • Regular Decision Deadline: Early November

Deadlines can change depending on the course. For exact deadlines, please consult the school/department's website.


  • Create an account on the Columbia University website.
  • After you've created an account, fill in your personal information, such as your name, gender, date of birth, contact information, and so on.
  • Give details about your citizenship, demography, education, exam scores, and other relevant information.
  • After you've filled in all of the essential information, review the application and submit it.
  • Wait for the results.


Frequently Asked Questions

What semesters or terms am I eligible to apply for?

The spring or fall semesters are available for enrollment. Some programmes only accept students for the fall semester. More information on programmes can be found on the department's websites.

What is the deadline for receiving recommendations or other supporting information for my application?

It is in your best benefit to submit your application as soon as possible after the priority deadline. If necessary, references can be added to your application after the priority deadline has passed. After you submit your online application, the people you choose as reference givers will be able to add their letters immediately to it.