An Ivy League Education in NYC: Columbia University

By Columbia University, School of Professional Studies


At Columbia University School of Professional Studies, we are innovators, we are scholars, and we are thought leaders, upholding Columbia’s long-standing tradition of excellence. Our interdisciplinary programs advance knowledge with purpose, preparing students for careers with real-world impact as they progress along the continuum, from high school, to graduate degrees, to lifelong learning. 

Our access initiatives open doors to higher education, creating advancement opportunities for talented and deserving students. With cutting-edge approaches and modalities, we build best-in-class learning experiences across a diverse range of instructional environments.

We offer a Scholar-Practitioner model – bringing real-world experiences to the classroom setting.


NYC is home to leading institutions in industries like finance, technology, healthcare, real estate, media, and culture.

SPS students live and learn in one of the world’s most dynamic and global cities, with access to a wealth of professional and personal opportunities. Our programs build connections with some of the most prominent firms, innovative start-ups, and influential organizations on the local, national and global stage.

Columbia Residential manages more than 150 apartment buildings, with most units located in the Morningside Heights, Manhattan Valley, and Manhattanville neighborhoods, near our many campuses in the Upper West Side and throughout other locations in New York City.


The Career Design Lab supports current students and alumni with individualized career coaching, including career assessment, resume and cover letter writing, internship and job search strategy, personal branding, interview skills, career transitions, and salary negotiations. Wherever you are in your career journey, the Career Design Lab team will support students in all phases of career development.

The Career Design Lab offers many opportunities for students to develop their skills and connect with and network with the marketplace through innovative programming that includes:

  • Career and Networking Fairs
  • Industry Showcases
  • Executive Case Series
  • Information Sessions with Employers
  • Pitch Competitions
  • e-Mentorship

The CDL’s robust online resources include:

  • The Career Design Course
  • Premium Subscriptions
  • Video Library
  • Degree-Specific Toolkits
  • Workshop Series


SPS connections last a lifetime, continuing to provide opportunities to expand your perspective, support your professional development, and build a fulfilling career.

Columbia SPS graduates are leaders across sectors and a wide variety of industries. They hold positions in Fortune 500 companies, run global nonprofits, shape government policies, and start innovative enterprises. Alumni from the School of Professional Studies make up a global community of scholars and professionals that are making a difference in the world.

“Connecting with people different from ourselves stimulates the imagination; and when we learn to see the world through a multiplicity of eyes, we make ourselves more nimble in mastering, and integrating, the diverse fields of knowledge awaiting us.”

Lee C. Bollinger; President, Columbia University

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