Columbia University

New York, New York, United States


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):
  • list items TOEFL: 600 points on a paper-and-pencil test or 100 points on an online test
  • list items IELTS: 7.5 Bands Overall
  • list items 120 in DET
  • list items GMAT or GRE exam that is standardized (no minimum score specified)
  • The following documents are required:

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


    Fall intake:

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

  • list items Applications open: Early August
  • list items Priority Early Action Deadline: Early September
  • list items Early Action Deadline: Early October
  • list items Regular Decision Deadline: Early November
  • Deadlines can change depending on the course. For exact deadlines, please consult the school/department's website.


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

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    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.