Students

Degrees are awarded in October, February and May and, for some Health Sciences programs, June. Every candidate, regardless of graduation date, is invited to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.

For complete commencement information, please visit the official Columbia University Commencement website.

Graduation Requirements

You should consult with your academic advisor within your school or department to be sure all of your graduation requirements have been met.

Students in Columbia College, undergraduate SEAS, the Premedical Post Baccalaureate program, MIA, MPA, as well as some programs in the Schools of Business, Social Work and Public Health, can utilize the Degree Audit Report (DAR). The DAR is used by both students and staff of these schools to aid in advisement and analyze students' progress toward degree. The DAR is only an aid to advisement, not an official document.

Note: Deans and advisors are the final authorities on whether graduation requirement have been met.

Degree/Certificate Application

In order to be considered for a degree or certificate, you must file an application with your school or department.

Exceptions: Doctoral & M. Phil. degrees: Go to your department or follow instructions from the Dissertation Office.

Application Deadlines

You should submit the Application for Degree or Certificate by the appropriate deadline.

For 2014-2015, the Morningside dates are:

  • September 2, 2014 Degrees conferred October 15, 2014
  • November 3, 2014 Degrees conferred February 11, 2015
  • December 1, 2014 Degrees conferred May 20, 2015

General Submission Deadlines

Morningside Students

Graduating In: Apply By:
October September 2
February November 1
May December 1

Medical Center Students

Graduating In: Apply By:
October August 1
February November 1
May December 1
 

Note the following:

  • When a deadline for application falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
  • Doctoral students must deposit their dissertation at least a week before the conferral date in order to graduate.