Feb 17, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Admission Information

Student Authentication

Students will be required to authenticate their identity prior to registering for their first course. A student with access to a Columbia College campus may show a government issued photo identification to a college staff member in order to authenticate their identity. Students who are not located near a campus will be required to authenticate their identity using a service provided by ProctorU, which has been established for online students or others, as designated by the college, to be able to authenticate their identity online. The authentication site for Columbia College can be accessed at www.proctoru.com/ccis. Students will need to click on the “Authenticate” tab at the top right portion of the page, setup a ProctorU account, and schedule an authentication session. The process can take from 15-30 minutes. You will need to have a government issued photo ID, student ID number, as well as access to a web cam available. To assist in navigation of the authentication process, a walk-through of the necessary steps is provided to guide you. Additional contact information is provided on the “Columbia College | ProctorU Student Authentication” page should you have issues at any step in the process. Once your authentication is complete Columbia College will receive notification from ProctorU and your student account will be updated accordingly.


Students have an overall timeframe of seven years, from the date of admission, to complete the entire program. Catalog policies, procedures, and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission will govern all decisions regarding subsequent procedures and requirements. 

Students have one year, from the date of admission, to enroll in courses. If students do not enroll within one year of admission, or if students are absent from a graduate program for five consecutive sessions (or longer), they must submit a new application in order to be readmitted. Students must be in good academic and financial standing to be readmitted. Supporting documentation (transcripts, resume, goal statement, recommendations) is good for the entire seven-year program time limit and does not have to be resubmitted unless:

  • Any of the documentation was missing from the original application file;
  • The student has received credit at any other institution since the original date of admission to Columbia College; and/or
  • The student is being readmitted under a time extension to the original seven-year program time limit.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned graduate credit at another regionally accredited institution may submit a request for evaluation of transfer credit. Requests must be submitted prior to the successful completion of 12 hours of graduate coursework at Columbia College. To be considered, the credit must be completed with grades of B or higher within the last seven years. No more than nine semester hours of graduate degree requirements may be fulfilled by transfer coursework. Students who wish to request transfer credit must contact their campus for instruction and additional details. Detailed information about transfer of credit can be found here: Evaluation of Credit and Testing .


Students must review prerequisite requirements carefully (see Course Descriptions ). Failure to meet prerequisite/corequisite requirements will cause the affected courses to be dropped from the student’s schedule.