Policy Handbook

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

Registration

Registration is the process whereby an eligible student reserves a seat in a particular course or selects an academic registration status.

Grading System

Learn about the letter grades and other grading systems, including Incomplete, R, and Pass/Fail.

Degree Requirements

Read about the requirements for the MA, MPhil, and PhD and DMA degrees, and satisfactory academic progress.

Summer Session

Summer courses that are available to students enrolled in GSAS are offered and administered by the School of Professional Studies (SPS).

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is relevant coursework completed before a student’s enrollment in a GSAS degree program that he or she submits in partial fulfillment of specific academic requirements for the degree.

Change of Department

A student who is currently registered in a program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may apply for a change of program.

Studying Away from Columbia

Students can utilize Columbia's agreements and partnerships with other universities, going there to complete coursework or conduct research.

Good Standing

Good standing in the Graduate School involves two components: good academic standing and good administrative standing.

Grievance Policy

Any student in GSAS who believes that he or she is a victim of misconduct may make use of the mediation and grievance procedures developed by the Graduate School.

Immunization Requirements

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.