Department of Computer Science Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Columbia University

Department of Computer Science Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Columbia University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Columbia's computer science department offers several graduate-level programs: PhD, Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng Sc D), Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and a dual MS in computer science and journalism.

The comprehensive PhD program is primarily focused on research and follows the philosophy that students learn best by doing as they progress to the level of scholar-scientists. Starting as apprentices, students become junior colleagues as they continue assisting faculty members on diverse research projects. Students spend at least half their time on research, typically under their adviser's direction, and are expected to participate in departmental and lab activities full time, on campus, for the entire program. Exceptions may be made for summer internships elsewhere. Because of these requirements, the department does not admit part-time students, and study for the M.Phil, a GSAS prerequisite for the PhD is also full-time only.

All PhD students have advisers for the length of their programs. Most students arrange for a research adviser during the admissions process preceding enrollment, and in most cases these faculty members become the students' thesis advisers as well. Advisers work intimately with the students on directed research beginning with the very first day of the program. A few students have two joint advisers.

The Department of Computer Science takes its well-developed sense of community seriously and sees it as an essential part of the PhD degree program. Faculty members and advisers strongly encourage their students to contribute a year of service to the department's professional or operational needs, preferably within the first two years of their programs.

A special MS-to-PhD program is available only to students who enter the PhD program without a Master's degree recognized by Columbia. Every MS-to-PhD track student must apply for MS graduation in order to receive the MS degree from Columbia University and be awarded advanced standing toward the PhD.

The Master of Science program is designed for professionals wanting to deepen and broaden their understanding of computer science. Columbia University and New York City offer excellent career opportunities in multiple industries. The program provides a unique opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of specific, leading-edge computing disciplines, with the department currently offering concentration tracks in ten such areas. In addition to course work, MS students are encouraged to participate in research with one or more of the twenty-six research groups and labs.

An Interdepartmental MS degree in computer engineering is offered between the computer science and electrical engineering departments.

A dual-degree MS program in the Columbia School of Journalism and Computer Science is also offered.

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Location & Contact

Department of Computer Science

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Columbia University

116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Dr. Julia Hirschberg

Professor and Chair, Computer Science

Phone: 212-939-7114

Ms. Remiko Moss

Assistant Director

Phone: 212-939-7002
Fax: 212-666-0140

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer Science Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng Sc D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Science And Journalism Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 182
    • Doctoral Degrees 12
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


24% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,818
    • Accepted 446
    • Acceptance Rate 24
    • Enrolled 227
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $85
    • Application Fee - International $85
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE General Test
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, IELTS required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsDecember 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Health Care Benefits

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students562
    • Female Percentage27%
    • Male Percentage73%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students562
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Full-time Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian49%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian31%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown9%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty78
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage15%
    • Male Percentage85%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNatural language processing, machine learning, software systems, network systems, computer security, computational biology, foundations of computer science, vision and graphics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported