CU Dual Degree Admissions



Do you use a rolling admissions process?

No, we do not use rolling admissions.  However, students planning to apply for the FLAS Fellowship Program should notify us of their plans and submit their application to us for early review by the FLAS deadline.  This year, the FLAS early review deadline is January 15, 2018.

Can I submit a non-academic writing sample such as a newspaper article or a piece of creative writing?

Candidates are encouraged to submit the writing samples that they believe to be the most advantageous to their applications. Although the program has accepted applicants who have submitted non-academic writing samples in the past, the vast majority of successful applicants submit writing samples that are academic in nature.

How do I submit my TOFEL/GRE scores with my application?

To have TOEFL/GRE scores sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, use institution code 2162.

Are writing-sample bibliographies included in the page count?

Bibliographies do not count towards the 20 page limit, though it is not necessary to include an extensive list of works-cited. We trust that candidates will juse their best judgment and submit the sample that best reflects your work in as concise a manner as possible.

Can I apply to more than one graduate program at Columbia?

Applications for the dual Master’s program in International and World History are handled through the Admissions office of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia.  Prospective students may not submit more than one application to a program or department within GSAS. However, applicants may elect to be reviewed by a second program or department within GSAS if they are not offered admissions by their first choice program. Please see the GSAS application instructions for a more detailed explanation of this policy and the various restrictions which apply to selecting a second choice.

Students may concurrently apply to a program housed at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and to programs at other divisions of the University (SIPA, School of Journalism, etc.). However, since the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does not share application materials with other divisions, students must complete the application requirements for each school.

How many students do you plan to accept in the program each year?

We have approximately 22 students per entering class.

Can I defer admission for a year without starting the application process over again?

We accept deferrals under special circumstances. Please contact us at if you have further questions regarding deferrals.

When will the candidates be notified?

The candidates will be notified by the end of April/early May. If you have extenuating circumstances that require earlier notification, please contact the MA Program office.

To read more about admissions procedures for GSAS, please consult the GSAS Admissions Page and GSAS Admissions FAQs.

Do I need to submit a concurrent application to LSE?

No. All applications to the dual Master’s degree program go through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Faculty from the London School of Economics are represented on the admissions committee, along with faculty from the History Department at Columbia University.