Master of Science

The Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science degree is offered in the following areas of study with additional concentrations available.
Please visit the departmental pages for more information.

 

Departments
Programs
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Earth and Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

 

The Master of Science degree is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 points of credit of approved graduate study extending over at least one academic year.

While a suitable Master of Science program will necessarily emphasize some specialization, the program should be well balanced, including basic subjects of broad importance as well as theory and applications. The history of modern economic, social, and political institutions is important in engineering, and this is recognized in the prescribed undergraduate program of the School. If the candidate's undergraduate education has been largely confined to pure science and technology, a program of general studies, totaling from 6 to 8 points, may be required. Supplementary statements covering these special requirements are issued by the School's separate departments. An applicant who lacks essential training will be required to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate work by taking or repeating certain undergraduate courses before proceeding to graduate study. No graduate credit (that is, credit toward the minimum 30-point requirement for the Master of Science degree) will be allowed for such subjects. Accordingly, Master of Science programs may include from 35 to 45 points and may require three terms for completion. Doctoral research credits cannot be used toward M.S. degree requirements.

All degree requirements must be completed within five years of the beginning of graduate study. Under extraordinary circumstances, a written request for an extension of this time limit may be submitted to the student's department for approval by the department chairman and the Assistant Dean. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required for the M.S. degree. A student who, at the end of any term, has not attained the grade-point average required for the degree may be asked to withdraw.

The 4-2 Master of Science Program
The 4-2 Master of Science Program provides the opportunity for students holding bachelor's degrees from affiliated liberal arts colleges (see the list of Affiliated Colleges and Universities) with majors in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or certain other physical sciences to receive the M.S. degree after two years of study at Columbia in the following fields of engineering and applied science: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, Earth and environmental, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; applied physics; applied mathematics; engineering mechanics; operations research; materials science; and computer science.

Each applicant must produce evidence of an outstanding undergraduate record, including superior performance in physics and mathematics through differential equations. The program of study will be individually worked out in consultation with a faculty adviser and will be designed to integrate undergraduate work with the field of engineering or applied science the student chooses to follow. During the first year, the program will consist primarily of basic undergraduate courses; during the second year, of graduate courses in the selected field. The student must complete at least 30 credits of graduate study to qualify for the degree.

A student whose background may require supplementary preparation in some specific area, or who has been out of school for a considerable period, will have to carry a heavier than normal course load or extend the program beyond two years.

For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at: seasgradmit@columbia.edu, you should also contact the Combined Plan liaison at your school for program information. 

Special Studies with the Harriman Institute
A candidate for an advanced degree in the Engineering School may combine these studies with work in the Harriman Institute. Upon completion of the course requirements in the Institute and satisfaction of the language requirement (in any language indigenous to the former USSR), the student may qualify for the professional certificate of the Harriman Institute. The manner in which the Institute and departmental requirements are combined is to be determined by the student in consultation with departmental and Institute advisers. Advanced studies and research may, where appropriate, be supervised by faculty members from both the School and the Institute.


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