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Combined Columbia University Programs

Within Columbia, Barnard offers five double and joint degrees in coordination with other schools in the Columbia University system. Interested students should consult the College Catalogue for additional information. The schools are: School of International and Public Affairs; School of Law; School of Dental and Oral Surgery; and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Accelerated Program in Interdisciplinary Legal Education (A.I.L.E. – AB/JD)

Each year Barnard College has the option of nominating, in conjunction with the Columbia University School of Law, one or two juniors with outstanding records to enter the Law School under the A.I.L.E. program. To be nominated, a student must have an outstanding academic record and must have taken the LSAT by March of her junior year and earned a  score in keeping with the median level of applicants accepted to the law school in that academic year. This program is highly competitive. If you are interested, please consult Dean Kuan Tsu early.

Combined Plan – Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (AB/BS)

Under the Combined Plan Program, the first three years of the five-year program leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are spent under the jurisdiction of Barnard College. During the junior year the student applies for admission to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, where the remaining two years of more specialized engineering and focused major study are completed. If you are interested, please see bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu for a description of the combined plan and meet with Dean Friedman early on.

Joint degrees – School of International and Public Affairs (AB/MIA or AB/MPA)

Barnard and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairsoffer two joint programs leading to the A.B. degree and the Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) or Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) after one additional year of study. Strong candidates possess related experience and outstanding academic records. If you are interested, you should consult Dean Runsdorf early and be prepared to complete the application in the spring of the junior year.

School of Dental and Oral Surgery (AB/DDS)

A limited number of qualified students may enter the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery after three years of undergraduate work at Barnard. To be eligible for this program, the student must have completed 90 points of academic work at Barnard, including general education and major courses and all of the prerequisite courses for the School of Dental and Oral Surgery. This program is highly competitive. If you are interested, please consult Dean Starks as early as possible.