Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University. Applications should only be submitted to Columbia University. The Joint Teaching Committee with faculty members from both Columbia and LSE will evaluate the applications and make the final decisions jointly.
Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will open in September 2016.
For more information about the application process, please visit The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.
All applications are reviewed using the same guidelines. However, applicants who apply by the early application deadline will receive an admissions decision earlier. This may be an advantage for those applying for fellowships with early deadlines that require proof of admission.
All students admitted during a given year must begin the program in the fall. The MA/MSc program does not have a spring-start admissions cycle.
Early Application Deadline: January 15, 2016
Early applicants will be notified that their application has been accepted, denied, or waitlisted by late February/early March.
Applicants who receive a wait list decision during the first evaluation round will be automatically considered during the regular decision evaluation process and do not need to reapply.
Applicants who are denied admission during the first evaluation round cannot reapply for consideration during the regular decision evaluation process, but are welcome to apply again the following year (subject to the GSAS policy on reapplying).
Regular Deadline: March 15, 2016
All applications received after January 15, as well as applicants that were waitlisted during the first round, will be reviewed during the second admissions review process. All applications must be received by March 15, 2016 to be considered for admission. Applicants will be notified by late April/early May.
Applications open: Applications will open in September 2015 for the Fall 2016 intake.
Applications due for FLAS (early review, see below): February 19, 2016 *** FLAS applicants MUST apply to the MA/MSc program by the early review deadline (January 15, 2016).
Applications close: March 15, 2016
Applicants notified: Late February-Early March for applicants who apply by January 15, 2016; Late April-Early May for applicants who apply by March 15, 2016.
THE DUAL MA/MSC PROGRAM DOES NOT USE ROLLING ADMISSIONS.
*Applicants who are applying to the FLAS Fellowship Program MUST notify the MA/MSc program office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students applying for the FLAS fellowship must also submit their general program application in its entirety by the early application deadline (January 15, 2016) in order to be considered for early review admission and subsequent eligibility for the FLAS award. Please note that the FLAS requires a separate application. See the FLAS website for further details.
*If you would like to be considered for a Tuition Reduction Scholarship, please email your scholarship statement to email@example.com by the MA/MSc application deadline. For TRS application instructions, please visit our Fellowships and Financial Aid page.
*Note: Students earn two degrees, one from each university. The program requires two years of full-time study, which must be taken in sequence. Students cannot attend the program part-time, nor is it possible to condense the dual-degree program into a single year of study. Coursework from previous MA studies cannot be used towards the Columbia-LSE dual degree program. Students cannot complete only one year of the program and receive only one degree. Degrees are awarded only after all program requirements at both Columbia University and the London School of Economics have been met.