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MS Data Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
December

 Tuition fee

International
53460 USD
National
53460 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department
Data Science Institute
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715
15

World University Ranking

About this course

The Master of Science in Data Science allows students to apply data science techniques to their field of interest, building on four foundational courses offered in our Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences program. Our students have the opportunity to conduct original research, included in a capstone project, and interact with our industry partners and faculty. Students may also choose an elective track focused on entrepreneurship or a subject area covered by one of our seven centers.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Prior quantitative coursework (calculus, linear algebra, etc.)
  • Prior introductory to computer programming coursework

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Course Modules

Candidates for the Master of Science in Data Science are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits, including 21 credits of required/core courses and 9 credits of electives. This program may be pursued part-time or full-time. Most students enroll on a full-time status, completing the program in three semesters/one and a half years (Fall: 12-credits; Spring: 12-credits; Summer: Optional Internship or elective; Fall: final 3- or 6-credits).

For the most up-to-date course offering and schedule information refer to COURSES.

Required/Core Courses:

STAT W4203 PROBABILITY THEORY

CSOR W4246 ALGORITHMS FOR DATA SCIENCE

STAT W5703 STATISTICAL INFERENCE AND MODELING

COMS W4121 COMPUTER SYSTEMS FOR DATA SCIENCE

COMS W4776 MACHINE LEARNING FOR DATA SCIENCE

STAT W4701 EXPLORATORY DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION

ENGI E4800 DATA SCIENCE CAPSTONE AND ETHICS

Electives:

Nine (9) credits of elective courses should be drawn upon existing graduate level courses at Columbia University.  In addition to advisor approval, elective course selection will be subject to course prerequsities, course availability, and the cross-registration procedures of the school/department offering the requested courses.

COMS E6910x and y FIELDWORK
1 pt. Members of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Obtained internship and approval from Professor Eleni Drinea. Only for M.S. students in the Computer Science Department (and Data Science Institute) who need relevant work experience as part of their program of study. Final report required. This course may not be taken for pass/fail credit or audited. For more information visit http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/ms/cpt.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Additional Requirements 
If you meet the following criteria you must submit additional material(s) as indicated:

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must meet the following additional requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) official scores required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
  • Doctoral applicants to Computer Science must send the following documents by postal mail upon submission of the application (applicants to other programs will be asked to provide these documents at a later date):
    1. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, from the institution in a sealed envelope
    2. Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
    3. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) is required if the institution(s) you attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  Personal transcript translations will not be accepted.

Candidates should NOT submit copies of awards, financial documentation, or other additional documents that are not required with the applicaiton. Submission of extra documents will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.

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