Materials Required for Application to the School of the Arts
1. Completed Application
Must be submitted online.
2. Official Undergraduate Transcript
Official paper transcripts are not required for the admission application. If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to send official paper documents for verification. Any offer of admission will be provisional until receipt of the official undergraduate transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree. Whether we receive your official undergraduate transcripts directly from you or your undergraduate institution, we must receive them in a sealed envelope bearing the registrar’s stamp along the rear flap.
If (a) you have submitted only the unofficial copy of your transcript online or (b) your transcript is received, but does not state that a degree is conferred, your status will be“Received (Not Official)” and you offer of admission will be provisional until we receive the final official transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree.
3. Three Letters of Recommendation
Online submission of the letters of recommendation is preferred. If you are not utilizing the online submission method, the form may be downloaded here. Fill out the applicant portion of the recommendation form, and provide it and a self-addressed stamped envelope to each recommender. Recommenders can be undergraduate, graduate, or professional contacts; they should be people who can attest to your ability and potential. Request that they: (1) enclose the recommendation; (2) seal the envelope; (3) sign their name or place their stamp across the seal; and (4) mail or give the envelope directly to you. All recommenders must meet the deadline. If they do not, the applicant will incur a late materials fee. If your recommender does not wish to send the envelope directly to you, they must send it directly to:
Columbia University School of the Arts
305 Dodge Hall, MC 1808
New York, NY 10027
They must write your full name and date of birth on the letter. Again, all recommenders must meet the deadline.
A note on the three Letters of Recommendation for Film and Media Studies applicants: They should ideally be from former or current teachers.
4. Special Admissions Requirements for Application
Below is a list of special materials that are required for application to the Film and Media Studies MA Program. All submitted materials must clearly bear the applicant's name, date of birth, name of program to which he or she is applying, and title of the material (autobiographical essay, scholarly writing sample, etc).
All applicants must submit the following in 12-point Courier font:
- Autobiographical essay: No more than six double-spaced pages that address your background in film and media studies and your professional objectives.
- Two scholarly writing samples: Each at least 10 double-spaced pages. At least one of the writing samples must be significantly about film.
- A graduate transcript, if applicable: For those who have completed a graduate degree, please submit your graduate transcript as well.
5. $110 Online Application Fee
This may be paid by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) when submitting an application online; or by check or money order, mailed with your materials, made out to Columbia University, drawn on a U.S. bank and denominated in U.S. dollars only. We cannot accept postal money orders. Applicants should be sure to write the program and, if applicable, the concentration to which they are applying on the check or money order; if the check is that of an individual other than the applicant, the applicant's full name must be included as well. Application fees are nonrefundable and cannot be waived; no application can be processed without the application fee.