What is the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score required?
There are no minimum test score requirements to apply for admission consideration. However, admitted students that were required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test for admission are encouraged and may be advised to deal with verbal and/or written English proficiency needs by utilizing the resources available for them through Columbia University’s American Language Program. It may be necessary to improve your English proficiency if you scored:
599 or lower on the TOEFL paper-based test; or
99 or lower on the TOEFL internet-based test; or
6.5 or lower on the IELTS
68 or lower on the PTE Academic
What is the minimum GRE score?
There are no minimum test score requirements to apply for admission.
The average GRE scores for past entering classes, in recent years, rank 64% or above for the verbal and writing sections, and above 91% for the quantitative section. Therefore, it is recommended that your scores be comparable. You can check the percentiles provided along with your scores from ETS to find your ranking and compare. When entering your scores onto the online application be sure to enter your score on each section of the test and to include the percentiles.
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
Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
$85 non-refundable application fee
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 application. 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.
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Tuition Deposit Policy:
Applicants who have been accepted for admission will be required to submit a tuition deposit payment to hold their place in the new incoming class. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Therefore, if an admitted applicant pays the deposit, but fails to enroll for the particular program and term of the admission offer, the deposit will not be returned. After the end of the add/drop registration period tuition deposits paid will be credited to the enrolled student's account. More information will be provided upon admission in the admission notification and follow-up messages.
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.
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. See track webpages for more information.
Students can choose from one of the tracks below. See track webpages for details on track requirements.