About Applying

 

Eligibility Requirements
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.

The M.S. degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. and Eng.Sc.D. degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission for study for either the M.S. only or M.S. leading to Ph.D.

Consideration for admission will be based not only on the completion of earlier courses of study, but also upon the quality of the record presented and upon such evidence as can be obtained concerning the candidate's personal fitness to pursue professional work.

Additional Applications
It is against school policy to apply to more than one program/department at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) per term, including Columbia Video Network (CVN). Applicants may not submit more than one application to the on-campus programs nor apply to CVN and on-campus programs for the same term at SEAS. Doing so may cause applications to be invalidated. The application fees paid for additional applications will not be refunded.  If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs at seasgradmit@columbia.edu for clarification.

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:

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:

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.)

  •   Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, sent from the institution in a sealed envelope.
  •   Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
  •   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, publications, or financial documentation since submission of these extra materials will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.


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