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Columbia University SPS

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University spans the continuum from high school and pre-college students through lifelong learners with innovative offerings at the highest levels of academic excellence.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide a rigorous education, informed by rapidly evolving global market needs, that supports the academic and professional aspirations of our student community.

Our vision is to become the premier destination for professional education by generating interdisciplinary thought leadership, developing innovative pedagogy, and advancing globally competitive academic solutions for ambitious agents of change and impact.

Our Focus

Based on this mission and vision, Dean Jason Wingard has focused the school's efforts on three pillars:

  • Develop high-quality academic programming and curricula;
  • Prepare students for the marketplace by ensuring they have gone through a best-in-class curriculum for their professions; and
  • Create a virtuous circle for faculty by engaging academic scholarship that informs teaching; teaching that enhances the practice of professions; and practical application that, in turn, reinforces scholarship.

Our Offerings

  • Fifteen master’s degrees, focusing on emerging market needs
  • Eighteen certificate or certification programs
  • Courses in over 100 subject areas
  • Pre-college academic study for high school students with over 50 curricular options
  • ESL instruction through the American Language Program
  • Access to Arts and Sciences courses through the Auditing and Lifelong Learning Programs
  • Summer Sessions for Columbia University


American Language Program (ALP) students may choose from a number of housing options, depending on the time of year. Students must be enrolled in full-time ALP classes during every session for which you apply for ALP housing. Columbia University campus housing is limited and students are encouraged to apply at least two months in advance. Rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.


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Julia Bacha
Originally born and raised in Brazil, Julia Bacha immigrated to the U.S. to study English. Her path eventually led her to Columbia University, where she completed the American Language Program (ALP) in 2000, then in 2003, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia’s School of General Studies. Now a documentary filmmaker, Bacha h...
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Madeline Morris
Arts in the Summer at Columbia has been part of my transition into turning my passions into a career.
Every prospective student tends to do the same kind of research on the different institutions and degrees in his field: rankings, overall reputation, placement, social environment. Columbia is of course a top institution based on these criteria but there is much more to it. Having an Ivy League education in the heart of NYC gives you lots of opp...
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