Final Transcript Instructions 2021

Document Deadlines

You may accept the offer of admission prior to sending your final official transcripts.

After you have accepted an offer, please send official final transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended, including study-abroad semesters and summer programs. Any academic work that appears on any transcript as transfer credits requires submission of a separate transcript, if both courses and grades are not recorded on that primary transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted according to the instructions below:

  • If you have completed all coursework and requirements for a degree, please send the official transcript as soon as possible.

  • If you are still enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, please send official electronic documents when you have completed all coursework and your degree has been awarded.

Deadlines for submission of these academic documents:

  • Spring 2021 Admitted Applicants: December 15

  • Summer 2021 Japanese Pedagogy Admitted Applicants: April 19

  • Fall 2021 Admitted Applicants: October 15*

*The original Fall 2021 transcript deadline, August 15, has been extended to October 15, 2022 due to the ongoing global pandemic.

Official Transcript Definition

A transcript is an official copy of a student’s record at a college or university, which includes the dates of attendance, the names of all courses taken, and the grades received.

For a transcript to be considered official, it must be provided to the GSAS Office of Admissions directly from the Registrar’s Office of the sending institution. Any documents to which an applicant has had access, including any transcripts uploaded as part of the application, are automatically considered unofficial.

GSAS does not accept transcripts sent by university officials as email attachments. To be considered official, academic documents must be sent via a secure online system (password-protected) directly from the institution's Registrar's Office.

Final official transcripts must include proof of the degree(s) awarded and corresponding official English translations (if applicable).


Document Submission Instructions

Students who have attended universities in the US:

To send electronic transcripts to Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please submit the transcripts directly from your school's Registrar's Office, or via the digital delivery service that provides that service for your institution, to
If a school does not offer electronic delivery, you must write to to provide us with the link to your institution's webpage concerning transcript orders. After verification, we will respond with further instructions.

Students who have attended an international university:

Contact World Education Services (WES) and order a Course-by-Course Evaluation and an International Credential Advantage Package to be sent to

The instructions above reflect the requirements for the 2021 application season.
To view the 2020 season information, please click here.