Students who have earned a master's degree in history or a related field before enrolling at Columbia may apply for Advanced Standing. Students with Advanced Standing are excused from the second year of coursework, and thus must complete only six courses for credit rather than ten to proceed in the program. Students with Advanced Standing do not submit a Master's Essay and do not apply for the M.A. degree; they must, however, fulfill all language and other field-specific requirements.
For more detailed information about GSAS Policy regarding credit for graduate work done elsewhere students should consult the GSAS web page for Advanced Standing for Ph.D. students.