School Of Professional Studies - Columbia University

Introduction

The School of Continuing Education offers master’s degree programs in emerging and cross-disciplinary fields, courses and certificates, Columbia Summer, programs for visiting domestic and international students, and more.

The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University is a resource for those who wish to take their lives in new directions.

Our students are motivated, serious, academically oriented people who seek professional, personal, or academic development in subjects that range from the sciences to the humanities to the arts.

The scope of the School extends far beyond evening classes for returning students. Our programs serve not only non-degree and professional students, but also hundreds of graduate and undergraduate Columbia matriculates every year.

We currently offer

  • Fourteen professional master’s degrees
  • Postbaccalaureate study in over 100 subject areas
  • Over 50 high school program curricular options
  • Ten levels of ESL instruction
  • Access to Arts and Sciences courses through the Auditing and Lifelong Learning Programs
  • The University's Summer Sessions

Though this offering is diverse, our programs are unified by our mission: to transform knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good: a just, sustainable and compassionate global society.

Please explore our site and consider all that Columbia’s School of Continuing Education has to offer.

History

Since 1995, Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education has administered and developed innovative programs that fill a diversity of student needs.

Originally named the Division of Special Programs, continuing education at Columbia began with several non-degree programs, one overseas program, the Summer Session, Summer High School Programs, the American Language Program, and a few inter-institutional arrangements. Over the next five years, the Division expanded steadily, launching a series of programs aimed at postgraduate students who needed to prepare for graduate school or career advancement and at undergraduates who wanted to study overseas for a semester, year, or over the summer.

In 2002, the University’s Board of Trustees granted final approval for the creation of the School of Continuing Education, the first new school at Columbia in 50 years. With this new status, SCE gained the authority to confer the Master of Science degree.

Since 2002, the School has undergone remarkable growth. Today the School administers 14 professional M.S. degree programs, postbaccalaureate study in over 50 subject areas, the Summer Sessions, the American Language Program, and Summer High School Programs.

The School currently enrolls approximately 6,000 students every year, from across the nation and around the world. We serve hundreds of students enrolled in other schools of the University through the Summer Sessions, our study abroad offerings, and through the professionally oriented courses we mount each year.

This robust growth is a testament to the vitality of Continuing Education at Columbia and to the success of our students and programs. We continue to look forward to developing opportunities for students to change their lives through rigorous academics and challenging study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master (MSc) Bioethics

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 semesters September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The Master of Science in Bioethics, part of Columbia University’s Programs in Bioethics, which also include an Online Certification of Professional Achievement and Online Noncredit Courses, grounds students in historical, philosophical, legal, and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges. [+]

Issues concerning the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in biotechnology and biomedicine are increasingly arising both in the United States and abroad. From stem cell research to healthcare reform, these topics involve critical dilemmas at the intersections of law, society, culture, public policy, philosophy, religion, economics, and history. Scientists, healthcare providers, and policy-makers confront how to approach these complex questions, yet scientific and technological advances have far outpaced our ability to understand or make key decisions about these issues. The Master of Science in Bioethics, part of Columbia University’s Programs in Bioethics, which also include an Online Certification of Professional Achievement and Online Noncredit Courses, grounds students in historical, philosophical, legal, and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges. The program prepares students to work in various capacities within this new and ever-growing field, and includes a concentration in global bioethics – the first of its kind in the United States. Students can study with faculty from across the University and draw on the extraordinary resources of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the schools of Law, Journalism, Nursing and International and Public Affairs, and the Arts and Sciences. Curriculum 36 points for degree completion On-campus instruction; some courses available online Part-time* or Full-time program Fall intake only 3-6 terms to complete** Master’s Thesis * Enrollment in the part-time option of this program does not meet the full-time requirements for an F1 student visa. ** Three years maximum. The 36-point program... [-]

Master (MSc) Communication Practice

Campus Full time 4 - 5 semesters September 2018 USA New York

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Communications Practice program provides you with a foundation of analytical skills, storytelling know-how, audience understanding, and an internship to gain a competitive edge in the field and prepare for a career-track job in communications. [+]

Build a strategic mindset for the communications workplace. Columbia University’s Master of Science in Communications Practice program provides you with a foundation of analytical skills, storytelling know-how, audience understanding, and an internship to gain a competitive edge in the field and prepare for a career-track job in communications. You’ll be prepared to segment and target audiences, evaluate and design research tools, use social media strategically, develop storytelling skills, and thoroughly understand how to develop effective communications strategies. Extensive Real-World Experience Aided by the program’s professional network, you secure an internship at a New York City firm. For your entire third semester, you will put your skills to use there as a fully functioning member of a communications team, expand your résumé, and build a network of contacts. Spend a semester exploring and working in the communications capital of the world. Hear three students discuss their internship. Gaining further experience, for your Portfolio Project, you will select and analyze a real-world communications challenge faced by an organization. A mentor assigned from among Columbia’s Strategic Communications program alumni will advise you along the way. Communications Skills Employers Value Most Communications executives demand their best new hires think critically about any communications challenge before acting. The M.S. in Communications Practice provides you with the mindset and analytical skills these employers value most, not technologies and tasks that may be obsolete by graduation. This focus on strategy prepares you to obtain a higher-level job more quickly. Outside of the classroom, we encourage students to... [-]

Master (MSc) Fundraising Management

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 12 semesters September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The Fundraising Management master’s program equips professionals to excel in institutional advancement and nonprofit management careers. [+]

The Fundraising Management master’s program equips professionals to excel in institutional advancement and nonprofit management careers. The world of nonprofits is growing – both in size and influence. The thousands of causes and the millions of organizations that serve those causes, in the United States and across the globe, need people to lead and to secure financial support. The Fundraising Management program here at Columbia is your portal to taking part in what many feel is the most important of society’s sectors – the one that furthers philanthropy, the love of humankind. The need for fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders to distinguish themselves has increased. Organizations constantly seek individuals with a thorough understanding of the philanthropic marketplace, a mastery of key fundraising techniques, and comprehensive management skills. Because of this demand for highly skilled development personnel, salaries are among the highest in the sector. Curriculum 36 points for degree completion On-campus instruction Part-time* or full-time program Fall and Spring** intake 3–12 terms to complete*** Capstone Seminar and comprehensive final project * International students need to be enrolled on a full-time basis to be eligible for an F-1 student visa. ** Part-time program only for Spring intake *** Summer courses included. Students in the Fundraising Management program complete 12 3-point courses: five core required courses, which provide an overview of the industry and a thorough analysis of the essential elements of fundraising and leadership, including campaigns, major gifts, planning giving, and grants, as well as nonprofit financial management and board governance... [-]

Master (MSc) Information and Knowledge Strategy

Online & Campus Combined Full time 16 months September 2018 USA New York

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program prepares individuals who are invested in the strategic potential of business-knowledge strategy alignment, collaboration, and business analytics to expand or branch out from their current roles, or become entrepreneurs of ventures in the knowledge domain. [+]

Drive growth, productivity, and societal impact through information management and collaboration. Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program prepares individuals who are invested in the strategic potential of business-knowledge strategy alignment, collaboration, and business analytics to expand or branch out from their current roles, or become entrepreneurs of ventures in the knowledge domain. Program Benefits Develop essential skills in strategy, business analytics, findability, law, entrepreneurship, and change management to plan and lead knowledge and information services, improve collaboration and networks, and create innovative knowledge products. Shape your career as an in-house knowledge practitioner, consultant, or knowledge product entrepreneur in nearly any industry, including financial services, advertising, education, logistics, healthcare, international development, manufacturing, and technology. Sample titles include Knowledge Manager, Senior Business Process Analyst, Strategic Marketing Associate, Strategy and Process Improvement Manager, and Senior Consultant. Specialize your study by choosing electives in social media/mass collaboration, information visualization, change leadership, or knowledge-driven digital product innovation. Balance your career and academic life over 16 months with online coursework once a weeknight per course, virtual collaboration and discussions, and three five-day residencies on Columbia’s campus in New York City. Connect with faculty who have held leadership positions in information, knowledge, IT, or law at organizations such as Accenture, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Bain & Company, and The World Bank. Apply your skills and knowledge through a group capstone project for a leading global for-profit or nonprofit business, such as Motorola Solutions, ConocoPhillips, HSBC, Women’s World Banking, German Aerospace Center,... [-]

Master (MSc) Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 semesters September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, which can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. [+]

Conflict resolution professionals work in a range of fields, including business, law, education, healthcare, and government. They act as arbitrators, mediators, facilitators, ombudsmen, and counselors. They must understand the root causes and dynamics of conflict and how to resolve disputes through reasoned negotiation. Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, which can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program’s training philosophy is grounded in a commitment to interactive, dialogue-based methods of managing and resolving conflict. The focus is on building common ground, establishing dialogue, applying practical skills, ensuring representation and recognition, and forging relationships. The program trains students to: Adopt a mindset that is self-aware and sensitive to diverse populations of people in various settings Consider alternative perspectives from differing worldviews Apply sound conflict analysis models, tools and processes Understand system dynamics and complexity of issues and actors Develop a reflective practice of learning Work toward reaching constructive outcomes through the use of collaborative processes Use theory to inform their understanding, and apply pragmatic approaches to resolving conflicts Curriculum 40 points for degree completion On-campus instruction only Part-time* or full-time program Spring and Fall intake 3-6 terms to complete Capstone Thesis Fieldwork course option * Enrollment in the part-time option of this program does not meet... [-]

Master (MSc) Sports Management

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 8 semesters September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Ranked #3 globally by SportBusiness International’s Masters Ranking 2015, Columbia University’s master’s degree program in Sports Management trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills with a global, analytics, and digital focus. [+]

Become a leader in the data-driven sports world of the 21st century. Ranked #3 globally by SportBusiness International’s Masters Ranking 2015, Columbia University’s master’s degree program in Sports Management trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills with a global, analytics, and digital focus. Available part-time and full-time, the program accommodates: young professionals who aspire to have a career in sports. current sports professionals who want to enhance their current skill set and pursue advancement opportunities. career-changing professionals who want to transition to a sports career. Program Benefits Acquire leading-edge know-how through our unique curriculum in digital sports media, sports analytics, and global sports management. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an in-depth understanding of marketing, finance, intercollegiate athletics, facility and event management, sports law and ethics, global sports, analytics, and digital media in sports. Collaborate with a diverse student body, representing 15 countries, selected to broaden your perspectives on issues, practices, and cultures in the global world of sports. Learn from successful industry practitioners in the areas of digital media, analytics, global sports, PR, finance, facilities and events, and intercollegiate athletics. Expand your network through industry events, panels, and speakers, drawing on the abundant resources of New York City, the sports capital of the world. Evolve as a professional through our proprietary development and coaching process, which cultivates your leadership skills, along with presentation and writing skills. Leverage and apply your skills and knowledge in a practical setting through internship opportunities and... [-]

Master (MSc)Technology Management

Online & Campus Combined Full time 16 months September 2018 USA New York

Columbia University’s Executive M.S. in Technology Management prepares senior technology professionals to develop a strategic mindset, fine-tune their speaking and presentation skills, understand core business functions (such as finance, accounting, and leadership), and ultimately drive enhanced business performance through the use of technology. [+]

The demand for skilled and experienced leaders who can guide their firms to compete in today’s highly competitive, fast-paced, global, technology-based economy has never been higher. Columbia University’s Executive M.S. in Technology Management prepares senior technology professionals to develop a strategic mindset, fine-tune their speaking and presentation skills, understand core business functions (such as finance, accounting, and leadership), and ultimately drive enhanced business performance through the use of technology. The program emphasizes the importance of using technology in business for strategic advantage and improved productivity. Graduates typically assume positions as CIO, CTO, CAO, COO, CEO, or CSO, or as entrepreneurs. The program is also ideal for those pursuing CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certification. To meet expanding industry needs for executive technology managers with distinct knowledge, the program offers five areas of focus: C-Level Management, Data Management and Analytics, New Business Ventures, Entertainment Technology Management, and Cybersecurity. The executive, cohort-based program is completed over a 16-month period, which includes flexible online and interactive learning using Columbia’s unique networked learning platform and five multi-day residences where students engage in intensive study and have the opportunity to network with other students, faculty, and industry leaders. Students choose a residency plan based in New York City or in Paris. One-on-One Executive Mentoring One of the unique ways the program prepares students for the challenges of technology leadership is through extensive, one-on-one, structured mentoring from accomplished technology leaders. Beginning in the second term, each student is matched with a seasoned executive best suited to... [-]

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