One-Term Special

One-Term Special Students

This category exists primarily for two kinds of students:

  • Those who are interested in a particular field, but are uncertain if they would like to complete an entire degree program.
  • Those who have begun the application process but need more time to fulfill all application requirements.

One term special students are allowed to register for a maximum of six graduate credits. The six credits can either be taken within one term as two courses, or broken up into two terms with one course per term. However, under no circumstances will one term special students be allowed to complete more than six graduate credits or two semesters of course work without the permission of the Assistant Dean.

Students who take courses through the one term special and who later matriculate are usually allowed to apply those credits to their degree program. However, students are advised to check with the department that they plan to apply to, before they register, to confirm that the courses that they plan to take will be applicable to that program.

Registration for one term special students generally takes place within the first three days of classes for the given term. Students interested in applying as one term specials must come to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, 530 S.W. Mudd, 500 West 120th Street to complete the One-Term Special Application and to submit the application fee. For additional information on this program you may call (212) 854-6456 or e-mail seasgradmit@columbia.edu.


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