What are the tuition costs?

The Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science tuition for the 2018 - 2019 academic year is $2,018 per credit. At 30 credits, the Master of Science comes to about $60,540. At 12 credits, the Certification of Professional Achievement comes to about $24,216. Columbia University may assess additional fees. For more information, please see Student Financial Services( and the Graduate Engineering Aid site (  

Is financial aid available?

Master of Science: U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to the M.S. program may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Please complete the FASFA form to find out if you qualify.

Certification of Professional Achievement: As a part-time non-degree program, this program is currently not eligible for FAFSA funding.

What are the financial options as a current student at the Data Science Institute?

Most M.S.-only programs offered by Columbia Engineering are self-funded. We encourage everyone to explore alternative funding options for education through various scholarship & fellowship programs, or private loans that may be available, once admission has been granted.

The following funding search tools may also be helpful:

Are there teaching assistant or research assistant positions available for Data Science students?

We are not hiring teaching or research assistants, however students should reach out to Columbia University faculty directly to ask about available positions.

Are Columbia University employees eligible for tuition benefits?

Columbia employees should speak with administrators in Human Resources about potential benefits.

Are there work study or research assistantships available to current students?

Assistantships and work studies must be sought out by the student, and current opportunities can be found here: Please keep in mind that fully funded positions are typically reserved for PhD students. You’re also welcome to look on Columbia’s HR page for part-time, on-campus positions. Some are research oriented, while others are purely administrative. These are hourly positions and generally don’t come with tuition benefits.

Additionally, DSI students have an opportunity for on-campus, part-time positions through our Campus Connections program. Through this program, we are able to connect our students with Columbia faculty and staff that need students with data science skills. Some of the positions are paid, while others may have the option to be used for credit. While a paid on-campus position won’t cover the cost of tuition, it can offset the cost of tuition.

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