Requirements

What type of writing sample should I submit?

You can submit any type of writing sample that is no longer than 10 pages. Extracts of longer pieces are also acceptable.

How do I know if I have to fulfill the TOEFL or IELTS requirement?

Applicants must complete the English proficiency requirement if their native language is not English and they have received an undergraduate degree from an institution in a country where the official language is not English. See gsas.columbia.edu/content/information-international-students for more information.

What is the minimum required TOEFL or IELTS score for consideration?

The minimum score for TOEFL is 100 on the internet-based test and 600 on the paper-and-pencil test. Students must reach 7.5 if they opt to submit the IELTS test.

When must I submit my scores for the GRE? Can I still apply early if I don’t have my GRE results yet?

If you are interested in the regular review deadline in February, we recommend that you take the GRE as early as is practicable for you. You should not delay making your application if you do not have your scores yet. Your application should include all other required material and you should report the GRE results as soon as you have them.