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Completed Application Form

The Ph.D. in Sustainable Development is administered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University. 100% of the application process can be completed online through the GSAS online application here. Please review the GSAS Admissions page thoroughly and contact that office directly for any questions or concerns. 

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Application Fee

US $105, nonrefundable


Statement of Academic Purpose
Three Letters of Recommendation

Choose recommenders who, individually or in aggregate, will give the best sense of your qualifications for pursuing a PhD.

Standard Résumé/CV

Applicants must send transcripts detailing classes taken and grades received for every completed post-secondary degree program.

GRE and TOEFL Scores

All students are required to submit GRE scores. For students who are non-native speakers of English, the TOEFL test is required.  The only exception to this rule is for students who have completed a bachelor's degree at an institution in an English-speaking country. Students who have completed only a master's degree with English as the language of instruction must still submit TOEFL scores in support of their application.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

Dec 15, 2016