All master's and doctoral students should familiarize themselves with and follow the regulations of the university, the Graduate School, and their individual programs of study. Please be aware that lack of knowledge about university, GSAS and/or departmental rules and policies does not excuse students who fail to comply with these regulations.
Although the degree and academic requirements in place normally will not change within any given academic year, other GSAS policies are reviewed and updated regularly. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make changes at any time.
Policies and Resources
View important academic dates and deadlines.
Registration is the process whereby an eligible student reserves a seat in a particular course or selects an enrollment category.
Learn about the letter grades and other grading systems, including Incomplete, R, and Pass/Fail.
Read about the requirements for the MA, MPhil, and PhD and DMA degrees, and satisfactory academic progress.
Summer courses that are available to students enrolled in GSAS are offered and administered by the School of Professional Studies (SPS).
Transfer credit is relevant coursework completed before a student’s enrollment in a GSAS degree program that the student submits in partial fulfillment of specific academic requirements for the degree.
Transcripts are issued by the Registrar through the Office of Student Services.
A student who is currently registered in a program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may apply for a change of program.
Information on absenting yourself from study, either temporarily or permanently, and on returning after interruption.
PhD and DMA students who become parents are offered a twelve-week period of accommodation.
Students can utilize Columbia's agreements and partnerships with other universities, going there to complete coursework or conduct research.
Graduate students are expected to exhibit the high level of personal and academic integrity and honesty.
Good standing in the Graduate School involves two components: good academic standing and good administrative standing.
Students in GSAS who believes that they are a victim of misconduct may make use of the mediation and grievance procedures developed by the Graduate School.
Dean’s Discipline is the process used to investigate and respond to allegations of academic or behavioral misconduct of a graduate student in GSAS.
Become acquainted with Essential Policies for the Columbia Community.
New students who fail to comply with the immunization requirements listed below will be blocked from registration and will be reported to the Office of the Dean, which may impose additional sanctions.
In any given academic year, such students are entitled to two weeks** beyond the eleven (Morningside Campus) or twelve (CUMC Campus) designated University/Federal holidays.