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MS Computer Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

53460 USD
53460 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department of Computer Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600

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About this course

The Master of Science (MS) program is intended for people who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of computer science. Columbia University and the New York City environment provide excellent career opportunities with multiple industries. The program provides a unique opportunity to develop leading-edge in-depth knowledge of specific computer science disciplines. The department currently offers concentration tracks covering eight such disciplines. MS students are encouraged to participate in state of the art research with our research groups and labs.


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Eligibility Criteria

The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

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Course Modules

All students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a total of 30 points.
  • Maintain at least a 2.7 overall GPA.
  • Satisfy breadth requirements.
  • Take at least 6 points of technical courses at the 6000-level.
  • Only up to 3 points of your degree can be non-CS/non-technical courses. Non-CS/non-technical courses must be approved by your advisor. 

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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. 

*Official Transcript Requirement: 
Please refer to our transcript FAQs if you have questions about this requirement for more information. 

If you have questions about application requirements please visit the FAQ section for more details on the left side menu of this screen. 

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