MBA students may count a combined maximum of 6 credits of graduate-level courses from other Columbia schools, Independent Study, and Cross-Cultural Seminar toward the MBA degree. For details, please review the MBA degree requirements. Note that certain cross-listed Law School courses are exempt from this limit; please see this page for more information. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.
Students must observe the deadlines for registration and requirements of the school in which they wish to cross-register. Note that Business School students will receive traditional letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) for courses taken in other schools; students are not permitted to take courses pass/fail. These grades appear on your transcript and are included in the calculation of GPAs.
Each school has its own procedures for approving cross-registration requests. Most require obtaining the approval of the instructor and/or a representative of the school’s Academic Affairs office. Since this usually takes place after classes begin, students may wish to register for a full schedule of Business courses, and then drop one if they are approved for cross-registration.
Registration Procedure: You should first check to see if you are able to add courses of interest via SSOL during the add/drop period. Some Schools prefer students to add themselves directly to a class or to join a wait list to process their requests. If the course(s) of interest is restricted, students must have their request approved by the other School. Unless otherwise stated, students must submit a Registration Adjustment Form via email to the Office of Student Affairs to be officially registered. The form should be signed by the appropriate official at the other school (i.e. instructor or student affairs officer), though in lieu of a signature, and email approval may be submitted along with the form. If students decide to drop a course from another school, that must also be done through the Business School Office of Student Affairs.
The following is specific information regarding some of the other schools’ cross-registration procedures. For schools not listed below, contact the instructor of the course of interest for information on cross-registration. For more information on course offerings at other Columbia schools, visit Vergil - The University's Course Planning Guide.
|Columbia Law School||
Visit the website below for information on the Law School's process for cross-registering. Be aware that Law School courses usually begin a week before Business School courses. Check with the Law School regarding the date of your first class session.
|Columbia Journalism School||
To request cross-registration in a Journalism School course, follow the instructions on the website below. If approved, you must notify the Business School's Office of Student Affairs.
|Columbia School of Social Work||
Students can apply for cross-registration at the School of Social Work at the link below. If approved, you must notify the Business School's Office of Student Affairs.
To request cross-registration in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, follow the instructions on the website below. If approved you must notify the Business School's Office of Student Affairs.
Visit this website below to find courses in specific programs or departments. Bring a completed Registration Adjustment Form, signed by the instructor, to the Business School’s Office of Student Affairs.
IEOR - Industrial Engineering & Operations Research: Visit the website below for instructions on how to apply for IEOR classes. Please forward your approval email to [email protected] to be officially registered.
|Columbia Mailman School of Public Health||
To request cross-registration in a Mailman School of Public Health course, follow the instructions on the website below. If approved, submit the completed Cross-Registration Application to the Business School's Office of Student Affairs.
|Columbia School of International and Public Affairs||
Students can view classes available to Non-SIPA students on the SIPA website listed below. Business School students do not use SSOL to register for classes, so if you would like to register for "open" or "instructor managed" courses, you will need to submit a Registration Adjustment Form form to Uris 113. "Open" courses do not require a signature from SIPA, while "instructor-managed" courses require approval by the instructor before a student is permitted to register. All registration will occur according to SIPA's registration period.
|Columbia University Earth Institute||
SUMA - Sustainability Management - The Earth Institute: Students can view classes available to Non-SUMA students on the Earth Institute website listed below. Business School students do not use SSOL to register for classes, so if you would like to register for a course, you will need to submit a Registration Adjustment Form form to Uris 113.
|Columbia Data Science Institute||
Students can view a list of Data Science Institute (DSI) classes on the website below. Please note that DSI students have priority registration, so enrollment will be dependent on the space available after DSI student registration. Non-DSI students will be able to register during the change of program registration period.
Business School students do not use SSOL to register for classes, so if you would like to register for courses with available seats, you will need to submit a Registration Adjustment form to Uris 113.
Because it is an affiliated institution, courses taken at Teachers College (TC) are not covered by our flat-rate tuition. Students wishing to have the tuition costs covered by CBS must submit a written request that includes a summary of how that course directly relates to their MBA studies and career goals. If approved, the Business School will cover the cost of the tuition. If not approved, students may, of course, still take a TC course but the student will be responsible for the additional TC tuition charge.
To submit your written request to enroll in a TC course, click here.
More information may be found on the website below:
Please note: The summer is not usually a good time to cross-register because most of what's offered are undergraduate-level. Also, the University summer term calendar is so different from the Business School calendar that it can be logistically difficult to manage. For a list of courses being offered this summer, visit the Columbia University Summer Session website.