How do I apply to the Data Science 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 the data science application is February 15th.

What are the application requirements for the Data Science programs?

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

  • Official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Recommendation Letters (3)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores*
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resumé
  • Non-refundable Application Fee

International applicants may have to submit an English languahe test scores for the MS application: TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test scores

*Certification applicants are not required to submit test scores, but are encouraged to do so.

Is it possible to waive the GRE requirement?

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

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

Columbia Engineering's code is 2111; please note a department code is not required. SEAS Graduate Admissions cannot access GRE and TOEFL scores sent to another insittuation code, even if sent to another school at Columbia.  

For IELTS scores, enter your TRF number on the application for admission. Columbia Egnineerg Admission Office downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to their e-download account. Please contact your test center and​ request that your scores be sent to ​the IELTS e-download account. You may select Columbia Engineering, by searching for Columbia University under "List of Organizations subscribing to the E-TRF Query" and then selecting "The Fu Foundation School." GSA will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

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

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

Other questions about the application process? Please visit the Graduate Engineering Admissions page.

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