New Certificate Programs

Programs leading to a statutory certificate require a minimum of 20 credits for students who are simultaneously studying for a degree at Columbia and 24 credits if they are not.

Every new certificate program requires the approval of the School in which it will be offered, the concurrence of the other schools, and several central University approvals, including the University Senate.  Once the proposal has the necessary University approvals, it must be registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  These programs do not require Trustee approval, nor is it necessary to submit them to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

To request approval of a new certificate program, its sponsors should complete a New Program Proposal Application for APAS which provides the information needed for internal University reviews. Applications for programs are processed through the Academic Program Approval System (APAS). Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs (OVPAP) at ovpap@columbia.edu or (212) 854-2691 for access to APAS. Before entering a new program into APAs schools should complte the New Program Program Proposal Pre-APAS Worksheet

The NYSED forms may vary dependingon the subject matter of teh new program. Schools should conult OVPAP on the appropriate NYSED forms to use before they begin filling them out.

Proposals for a new certificate program go through four reviews.