How do I apply to the Data Science Institute academic programs?

All applicants applying for the on-campus program must submit application materials online via the online application. For the online program, applications must be submitted through Columbia Video Network (CVN). Once you register with a valid email address, you can log on as often as you need to fill everything out. Submit your application when complete.

What is the application deadline?

The priority deadline for all academic programs is February 15th.

What are the application requirements for the Data Science Institute academic programs?

The following materials must accompany the online application for the Master of Science and Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences:

  • Uploaded Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters (3)
  • Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resumé

Master of Science applicants are also required to submit their official (GRE) general test scores
and international students' TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test scores,
if applicable

Is it possible to waive the GRE requirement?

No, the GRE requirement cannot be waived. An applicant who has completed a graduate degree or Ph.D. is still required to submit an active test score.

Can I substitute the GMAT for GRE scores?

No, we accept the GRE only.

Is it possible to waive the TOEFL or IELTS scores?

Applicants who earned their undergraduate degree in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must take either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test. Only one test is required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned or will complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment.

Current Columbia Engineering graduate students enrolled in a degree program who are applying again to another degree program do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores.

What is Columbia's institution code for the GRE and TOEFL?

Columbia Engineering's code is 2111; please note a department code is not required.

Is it possible to have the application fee waived?

No, we do not offer waivers for the non-refundable application fee.

How should I pay the application fee?

The application fee is paid online using a major credit card. No other forms of payment are accepted.

If I have been out of school for more than five years, what other documentation is required?

A completed application is sufficient. If additional information is needed, you will be notified by the Admissions staff.

Where do I mail official transcripts?

Copies of your official transcripts should be uploaded with your application. If you are accepted, the coordinating admissions office will request a mailed copy of your transcripts. Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted in the application.

Do all of my application materials need to be submitted online?

Yes, all materials must be submitted online, including official transcripts, resume, references and personal statement. No exceptions.

How can my references submit their letters of recommendation?

Reference letters must be submitted online. Paper letters will not be reviewed and no exceptions will be made. The application offers the option to send an email notification to your references providing them with a link to upload their letter.

Can I submit additional materials once my application is under evaluation?

No, you may not update your application once you have submitted it. Additional materials will not be considered.

Please do not submit copies of awards or financial documentation; they will not improve the chances of being admitted and will not be returned.

When will I receive a decision?

Applications review will statr after the priority deadline. The admissions committee makes every attempt to review and send out decisions by the end of March. Please note that this timeline is dependant on the number of applications recieved during the admissions cycle. We appreciate your patience. Decisions will be sent to the email address listed on your application. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please follow the guidance below.

How can I check the status of my application?

Log into your online application and click the "Application Status" tab. All checklist items will have a red mark. When a task is complete, you will see a green check mark. You will receive an email when your application has been sent for review.

If you are missing any documents you will receive an incomplete application notice after the deadline. Once your application is complete it will be sent for review. Be advised that Columbia reserves the right to evaluate an application after the deadline and make a decision even if all materials have not been received.

I am having technical problems with the online application system - who should I contact?

For the on-campus program application, please email us at For the distance education (online) program application, please email us at

How can I check to see if my references submitted their letters?

Log into your online application and go to the "Application Status" tab. Look for the green check mark next to the "Letters of Reference" task. For additional details regarding the status of your letters, please go to the "Recommendation Provider" page on your application.

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