Application Information

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

Available for Applicants for a Masters Degree

    Scholarship Benefits

    The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students at Columbia Global collaborates with participating schools to offer full tuition coverage and support for non-tuition expenses to accepted students. This assistance extends for the duration required to complete their degree. Recipients of the scholarship are required to be full-time students attending classes in person.

    Eligibility

    This scholarship program is for foreign nationals who meet any of the following criteria: 

    • You have refugee status (living anywhere in the world)
    • You have received asylum in the United States or submitted a U.S. asylum application
    • You are in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status
    • You are an internally displaced person 
    • You are an Afghan national in the U.S. on humanitarian parole or with a special immigrant visa
    • You are a Ukrainian national in the U.S. on parole

    Note:

    • Current Columbia students who have matriculated into a degree program are not eligible for the scholarship
    • This scholarship is currently only open for graduate-level study (not undergraduate) at the programs listed below
    • U.S. citizens and permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) are not eligible for this scholarship.
    • There are no age restrictions for applying to this scholarship.
    • Scholarship applicants must be accepted to a participating degree program to be eligible for this scholarship.
    • Recipients of the scholarship must be prepared to enroll as full-time, in-person students.

    Refugees – Persons who have been forced to flee their home country due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. They have received official recognition as refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    Asylees – Persons who are already present in the U.S. and have received official legal recognition as an asylee from the U.S. government due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

    Asylum Seekers – Persons who are already present in the U.S. or have sought admission at a port of entry due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group , and who are seeking safe haven in the U.S., but have not yet received official legal recognition as an asylee from the U.S. government. NOTE: To be eligible for this scholarship, a person’s petition for asylum must have been placed prior to the time of application.

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – A temporary status provided to nationals of certain countries due to conditions that temporarily prevent the countries’ nationals from returning safely or, in certain circumstances, where the countries are unable to handle the return of their nationals adequately.

    Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) – Persons who have been forced or obliged to flee their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, human rights violations, or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized border into a different country.

    Afghan Nationals on Humanitarian Parole – Afghan nationals who have been granted humanitarian parole in the U.S. in response to their need for rapid evacuation and relocation from Afghanistan.

    Afghans Nationals with Special Immigrant Visas – Afghans who were employed by (or on behalf of) the U.S. government, the International Security Assistance Force, or a successor mission in Afghanistan between Oct. 7, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2023, for a minimum of one year, and experienced serious threats as a consequence of employment. Applicants must have already received a Special Immigrant Visa. 

    Ukrainian Nationals on Parole – Ukrainian nationals who resided in Ukraine immediately before the Russian invasion, were displaced by the invasion, and who have been granted parole in the U.S.

    Application Process

    Applicants must first apply to a participating degree program and then to the Scholarship for Displaced Students. Both applications must be submitted before the deadline for the degree program’s application. 

    Each school maintains its own application deadlines and acceptance requirements for each of its degree programs. A list of all participating degree programs and their respective scholarship deadlines for the 2023-2024 application cycle is provided in the “Participating Schools” section below. 

    Eligible applicants are invited to submit their applications for the Scholarship for Displaced Students via the Submittable Platform, which can be accessed here.

    Please note:

    • Students will only be eligible for the scholarship if they are admitted to a degree program listed in the “Participating Schools” section below. Please check back regularly for updated information on participating degree programs. 
    • If you have questions regarding the application process for a degree program, please contact the respective school’s admissions office. 
    • Students will be informed regarding the scholarship only after admissions decisions are made for the degree programs. 
    • This is a competitive scholarship with limited awards, so students may be accepted to a degree program and not receive funding through this scholarship. Acceptance to a participating degree program does not guarantee funding through this scholarship. 

    Participating Schools

    Please check back regularly for updated information on participating schools and degree programs.

    Information on MBA program

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program option and deadline: 

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) program - Deadline: Jan. 5, 2024

    Information on M.A. in Climate and Society program

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program option and deadline: 

    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Climate and Society - Deadline: Mar. 1, 2024

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program options and deadlines: 

    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism - Deadline: Dec. 15, 2023
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Data Journalism - Deadline: Dec. 15, 2023
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism - Deadline: Jan. 5, 2024

    Information on LL.M program

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program option and deadline:

    • LL.M. - Prospective students who applied to the LL.M. program by Dec. 1, 2023 have until Jan. 15, 2024 to submit the scholarship application. On the scholarship application, please select “Yes” for this question: “Are you submitting this scholarship application ON OR BEFORE the deadline for your specific Columbia degree program(s)?”

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email 

    Program options and deadlines:

    • Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) - Deadline: Jan. 3, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation - Deadline for all MS programs listed below: Jan. 15, 2024
      • Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (M.S.A.A.D.)
      • Master of Science in Computational Design Practices (M.S.C.D.P.)
      • Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (M.S.C.C.C.P.)
      • Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (M.S.A.U.D.)
      • Master of Science in Urban Planning (M.S.U.P.)
      • Master of Science in Historic Preservation (M.S.H.P.)
      • Master of Science in Real Estate Development (M.S.R.E.D.)

     

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email 

    Program options and deadlines:

    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in African-American Studies - Deadline: Feb. 8, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in American Studies - Deadline: Feb. 22, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art History and Archaeology - Deadline: Dec. 14, 2023
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biotechnology - Deadline: March 7, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Classical Studies - Deadline: April 25, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Classics - Deadline: April 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in East Asian Regional Studies - Deadline: Feb. 22, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in East Asian Languages and Cultures - Deadline: May 23, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology - Deadline: Jan. 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics - Deadline: Jan. 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in English and Comparative Literature - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in European History, Politics and Society - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in French - Deadline: April 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Germanic Languages - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global Thought - Deadline: March 21, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American and Iberian Cultures with a concentration in Hispanic Cultural Studies - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in History and Literature - Deadline: May 9, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Rights Studies - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Studies - Deadline: Feb. 8, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Italian - Deadline: Jan. 11, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Japanese Pedagogy - Deadline: Feb. 22, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Jewish Studies - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Studies - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mathematics with a Specialization in the Mathematics of Finance - Deadline: May 9, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Deadline: Feb. 8, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies - Deadline Feb. 1, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies - Deadline: Dec. 14, 2023
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Museum Anthropology - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Oral History - Deadline: May 23, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Deadline: April 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy - Deadline: April 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science - Deadline: Feb. 8, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences - Deadline: Jan. 18, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religion - Deadline: March 21, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Russia, Eurasia and East Europe: Regional Studies - Deadline: Jan. 11, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Russian Translation - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Slavic Cultures - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Slavic Languages - Deadline: March 28, 2024
    • Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology - Deadline: March 14, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in South Asian Studies - Deadline: April 25, 2024
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Statistics - Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

     

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admission email

    Program options and deadlines:

    • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) - Jan. 15, 2024
    • Master of Health Administration - Jan. 15, 2024
    • Biostatistics
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research Methods - April 1, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Statistics - Jan. 15, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Statistical Genetics - Jan. 15, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Theory and Methods - Jan. 15, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Patient-Oriented Research - April 1, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Public Health Data Science - Jan. 15, 2024
    • Environmental Health Sciences
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Toxicology - June 1, 2024
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Health Data Science - June 1, 2024
    • Epidemiology
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Epidemiology - April 15, 2024
    • Population and Family Health
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Population and Family Health - April 1, 2024
    • Sociomedical Sciences
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociomedical Sciences - Jan. 15, 2024

     

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program options and deadlines: 

    The deadline for all of the Master of Science (M.S.) Degree programs listed below is Feb. 15, 2024. 

    • Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Mathematics
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Physics
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Medical Physics
    • Biomedical Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Mechanics
    • Computer Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science
    • Data Science
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Data Science
    • Earth and Environmental Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Carbon Management
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Earth and Environmental Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Quantum Science and Technology
    • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Analytics
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Financial Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Management Science and Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Operations Research
    • Mechanical Engineering
      • Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Admissions Office email 

    Program options and deadlines:

    • Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) - Deadline Dec. 20, 2023
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Deadline Dec. 20, 2023
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Development Practice (MPA-DP) - Deadline Dec. 20, 2023
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM)  - Deadline Dec. 20, 2023
    • Master of Public Administration in Global Leadership (MPA-GL) - Deadline Dec. 20, 2023

     

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email 

    Program options and deadlines: 

    Applicants who wish to be considered for the Scholarship for Displaced Students must adhere to the following deadlines:

    • SPS M.S. application – must be submitted by March 15
    • Scholarship application – must be submitted by March 31

    Regular program deadlines are as follows

    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Actuarial Science – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Analytics – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioethics – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Construction Administration – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Enterprise Risk Management – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Capital Management – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Information & Knowledge Strategy – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Narrative Medicine – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Nonprofit Management – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Political Analytics – Deadline: June 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Management – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Strategic Communication – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability Management – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability Science – Deadline: May 1, 2024
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Management – Deadline: June 1, 2024

    Information on master’s program

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email 

    Program option and deadline: 

    • Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2024

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email 

    Program options and deadlines:

    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Theatre (Theatre Directly only) - Deadline: December 5, 2023
    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Film - Deadline: Dec. 19, 2023
    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Theatre (all other concentrations besides Theatre Directing) - Deadline: Jan. 3, 2024
    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Writing - Deadline: Jan. 3, 2024
    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Visual Arts - Deadline: Jan. 17, 2024
    • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Visual Arts (with a concentration in Sound Art) - Deadline: Jan. 17, 2024 
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Film & Media Studies - Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024

    Information on master’s programs

    Application information

    Office of Admissions email

    Program options and deadlines: 

    The deadline for all of the master’s programs below is January 15, 2024. 

    • Arts & Humanities
      • Applied Linguistics and the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A., EdM) - Please contact the admissions office about which tracks are accepting applications for 2024. 
      • Art and Art Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Arts Administration (M.A.)
      • Bilingual/Bicultural Education (M.A.)
      • English Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Philosophy and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Teaching of Social Studies (M.A., Ed.M.)
    • Biobehavioral Sciences
      • Applied (Exercise) Physiology (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Communication Sciences and Disorders (M.S.)
      • Motor Learning and Control (M.M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Movement Science and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Neuroscience and Education (M.S.)
      • Physical Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
    • Counseling & Clinical Psychology
      • Clinical Psychology (M.A.)
      • Counseling Psychology (Ed.M..)
      • Psychological Counseling (Ed.M.)
      • Psychology in Education (M.A.)
      • Spirituality Mind Body Intensive (M.A.)
    • Curriculum & Teaching
      • Curriculum and Teaching (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Curriculum and Teaching Professional Certification (M.A.)
      • Early Childhood Special Education (M.A.)
      • Elementary Inclusive Education (M.A.)
      • Gifted Education (M.A.)
      • Literary Specialist (M.A.)
      • Secondary Inclusive Education (M.A.)
    • Education Policy & Social Analysis
      • Economics and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Education Policy (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • History and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Politics and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Sociology and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
    • Health Studies & Applied Educational Psychology
      • Applied Behavior Analysis (M.A.)
      • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Development Disabilities (M.A.)
      • Diabetes Education and Management (M.S.)
      • Health Education (M.A., M.S.)
      • Intellectual Disability/Autism (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Nutrition (M.S., Ed.M.)
      • Reading Specialist (M.A.)
      • School Psychology (Ed.M.)
      • Severe or Multiple Disabilities (M.A.)
    • Human Development
      • Cognitive Science in Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Developmental Psychology (M.A.)
      • Learning Analytics (M.S.)
      • Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (M.S., Ed.M.)
    • International & Transcultural Studies
      • Anthropology and Education (M.A., Ed.M.) 
      • International and Comparative Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
    • Mathematics, Science & Technology
      • Communication and Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Design and Development of Digital Games (M.A.)
      • Educational Technology Specialist (M.A.)
      • Instructional Technology and Media (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Mathematics Education (M.A., Ed.M., M.S., Ed.M.)
      • Science Education (M.A., M.S., Ed.M.)
    • Organization & Leadership
      • Adult Learning and Leadership (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Higher and Postsecondary Education (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Private School Leadership (M.A., Ed.M.)
      • Social-Organizational Psychology (M.A.)

    MD program

    Master’s degree programs

    • Please check back soon for information on participating master’s degree programs from the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Foreign nationals who meet any of the following criteria are eligible to apply: 

    • You have refugee status (living anywhere in the world) 
    • You have received asylum in the United States (U.S.) or submitted a U.S. asylum application
    • You are are in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status 
    • You are an internally displaced person 
    • You are an Afghan national in the U.S.on humanitarian parole or with a special immigrant visa
    • You are a Ukrainian national in the U.S. on parole

    U.S. citizens and permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) are not eligible for this scholarship.

    All scholarship applicants must submit documentation supporting their eligible status as part of their application.

    A full list of participating schools and eligible degree programs can be found in the “Participating Schools” section above. Application deadlines for degree programs vary by school and specific program, so applicants must refer to the deadlines for their respective degree program. Applicants should reach out to their prospective school’s admissions office for any admissions-related questions.

    Students admitted to a degree program not listed in the “Participating Schools” section above are not eligible for this scholarship.

    Applicants must first apply to a participating degree program and then to the Scholarship for Displaced Students. Both applications must be submitted before the deadline for the degree program’s application. Deadlines for the degree program applications are listed in the “Participating Schools” section above. 

    If the application deadline for the degree program has passed, then you are no longer able to submit your degree program application or the scholarship application for the current application cycle. Any scholarship applications submitted after the degree program’s application deadline will not be considered.

    A link to each school’s application information can be found in the “Participating Schools” section above. You must submit your degree program application before you apply for the scholarship.

    There is no application fee to apply to the Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students. If you are interested in obtaining an application fee waiver to a degree program at Columbia University, please refer to each school’s admissions page to find information on how to apply for an application fee waiver. If you have questions, please contact the school’s admissions office. Contact information is listed in the “Participating Schools” section above.

    Dual degrees (degree programs with more than one Columbia school or with another university) are not eligible for this scholarship. 

    Scholarships are limited and competitive. As such, admittance to a degree program does not guarantee funding through the Scholarship for Displaced Students.

    No further action is needed. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your scholarship application. Next, applicants should wait to receive admissions decisions from their respective school. 

    If applicants are admitted to their degree program and are selected for the Scholarship for Displaced Students, they will receive notice of their scholarship award. This notice will come either with their admissions decision or in a separate email communication (depending on the specific school to which they applied). 

    Contact

    Only email inquiries to [email protected] will be responded to. Please read all of the information on this page before emailing.