Guidelines for Prospective Applicants

We have two graduate programs: a Freestanding MA program that may be completed in one year (full-time) or up to four years (part-time) and PhD program that takes a minimum of four years (and usually longer) to complete. 

Students admitted to the PhD program will be fully-funded for six years. There is only limited financial aid for students admitted to the Freestanding MA program. Financial aid awards, and their amounts, will be confirmed only after admission to the MA program.

We do not require the GRE Standard Test or GRE Subject Test for admission to our graduate programs. If Columbia's application fees cause you financial hardship, please apply for an application fee waiver.