The 2022 application is now open. Please click here to apply.
View a list of application deadlines. All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time for the published date.
Accommodations for Applicants Affected by Natural Disasters, Civil Unrest/War, or Regional Internet Outages
Columbia GSAS is aware that circumstances beyond an applicant’s control may affect their ability to submit an application or supporting materials in time to meet an application deadline. If you are affected by a natural disaster, civil unrest/war, or by a regional internet outage, Columbia GSAS will do its best to accommodate the submission and consideration of your application. Information on completing and submitting your application is available here.
The Application Process
All prospective students must apply using the online application. Printed applications are not available.
You must specify in your application the department, doctoral program subcommittee, or free-standing master’s degree program in which you wish to study. A complete application includes:
- transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
- a statement of academic purpose
- a curriculum vitae or résumé
- letters of recommendation from academic sources
- GRE scores, if required by the department or program
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores, for applicants required to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
- a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
- payment of the application fee
Please follow the instructions below to assemble and submit the online application.
Note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the GSAS Office of Admissions at [email protected].
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 all application materials become the property of Columbia University and are not returnable. Additionally, materials will not be shared with or forwarded to third-parties. Applicants who have not waived their right to view letters of recommendation may request to view the letters only after they enroll in the GSAS program to which they have been admitted. Under the guidelines of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students who do not receive an offer of admission, or who are admitted but do not enroll, are not permitted access to the letters at any time. A complete explanation of the FERPA policy may be found here.