How To Apply

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2019: November 1, 2018
  • Fall 2019: May 15, 2019

Application Checklist

  1. Completed online application form with $95.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Transcripts

Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. The rules and requirements for providing documentation for domestic vs. international transcripts are outlined below:

  • Domestic Transcripts from institutions in the U.S. or Canada

f your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we ask that you submit unofficial transcripts within the application system at the time you apply. Candidates offered admission are required to supply official transcripts prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official and before being permitted to register for classes. Official transcripts must be submitted by July 15 for new students enrolling in the fall term and by December 1 for new students enrolling in the spring term.

Official transcripts must be submitted electronically if the institution has a process for emailing electronic transcripts (such as services available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse). The registrar’s office may submit the transcripts to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

If, and only if, the institution does not provide an electronic delivery option, official transcripts must arrive directly from the issuing institution, and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. We will also not accept hard copy documents from institutions offering electronic delivery.

Official transcripts from your conferring undergraduate institution must include a notation certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

  • International Transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada

If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Enrollment Management requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation.

WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course-levels) and request to have WES send your evaluation to Columbia University School of Professional Studies. The school can be found by searching Columbia University and then selecting School of Professional Studies. The evaluation provided to the School of Professional Studies becomes an official academic record and sole property of the School of Professional Studies upon its receipt.

WES evaluations will be reviewed by the School of Professional Studies administrators and the determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the School of Professional Studies.

Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type, will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered, and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Standards of Campus Discipline.

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Academic Purpose (500 – 750 words) that addresses the following:
  • your purpose and interest in pursuing a degree in sustainability science
  • how the degree program fits into your overall professional growth, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience
  1. Two Letters of Recommendation

Written by teachers or professional colleagues who are well-positioned to comment on your intellectual strengths and professional promise.

Applicants notify their recommenders of the request through the online application system and are strongly encouraged to do so as early as possible to compensate for any potential delays in submission on the part of the recommender. Recommendations are submitted through the online application system.

  1. Demonstration of English Proficiency

Submitting the Application

  1. Applicants are encouraged to submit all supporting application materials through the online application system. Unofficial documents will be used for admission consideration.
  2. Applications are not considered complete until all required materials listed in the Application Materials section above have been received. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
  3. Applicants who are admitted to the program must submit all official documents to the Office of Admissions before the offer is considered official.
  4. All submitted materials should clearly bear the applicant’s name and the name of the program to which he or she is applying.

Mailing Address and Contact Information

Office of Admissions School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York , NY 10027-6902
212-854-9666 apply@sps.columbia.edu
Office hours: Monday-Friday,9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Important Application Instructions

NOTE THAT THE APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS DIRECTLY, NOT THROUGH AN AGENT OR THIRD PARTY VENDOR (EXCEPT WHEN PRE-APPROVED IN WRITING BETWEEN COLUMBIA AND THE APPLICANT). IN ADDITION, THE APPLICANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEST TO THE ACCURACY AND AUTHENTICITY OF ALL INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED.

Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.

Please note that the applicant may upload unofficial transcripts at the start of the application process. Once an applicant has been admitted and has indicated acceptance of our offer of admission, official transcripts must be submitted electronically directly from the applicant’s prior institutions. Please note that incoming students for the Fall 2019 semester will be contacted no later than June of 2019 with specific instructions on electronic submission from the other institutions, with a deadline of August 15, 2019, for receipt of these documents.