Review this information before beginning your graduate application to Columbia Engineering.

Application Accommodations

Applicants affected by special hardships (ex: closed testing centers, internet outages) may request a deadline extension or other application accommodations by emailing


Application Fee Waiver Eligibility Form

Eligible students are welcome to apply for an application fee waiver. Application fee waivers may be available for students who meet certain criteria including, U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in a U.S. School with financial need, U.S. Military personnel/veterans, and students who participate in special programs (listed on the waiver form).

To apply follow the steps in the order listed below:


1. Create an online application account to begin to apply for admission and complete the program selection page.


2. Complete and submit the Application Fee Waiver Request Form with the required documentation.

Important Instructions

Please follow the instructions below to assemble and submit the online application.


The applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at


Academic integrity is the cornerstone of a university education. Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process. 


The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

The Master of Science (MS) degree is required for admission into the PhD and EngScD degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission to either the MS only or MS leading to PhD program.

Consideration for admission will be based not only on the completion of earlier courses of study, but also upon the quality of the record presented and upon such evidence as can be obtained concerning the candidate's personal fitness to pursue professional work.


Application Materials

The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores*
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • An interview may be requested
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and widely spoken language must submit the following additional requirements with the application for admission:
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). For the Fall 2020 semester we will also accept the Duolingo English Test.
  2. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) if the institution(s) attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  


If you have questions about any of the application requirements, please visit our FAQ.

*Applied Physics Doctoral applicants must also submit Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score

Priority Deadlines

Fall Applications
Doctoral: MS/PhD, PhD, EngScD December 15
Master of Science Financial Engineering - January 5
Dual MS, Computer Science & Journalism Program; Computer Science - January 15
Civil Engineering Programs - February 1
All Other MS Programs - February 15
MS Express November 1 (priority)/May 30 (final deadline)
Integrated BS/MS April 30 (of Junior year)
BARNARD 4 + 1 Pathway December 1 (of Junior year)
Certificates Data Science Institute - February 15th
CAMPEP Accredited Certificate of Professional Achievement in Medical Physics - August 1
Spring Applications*
Master of Science + Doctoral: MS/PhD, PhD, EngScD October 1

Columbia Engineering reviews graduation applications on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply by the priorty deadlines listed above. 

* Spring admission is not available for the following programs: Applied Mathematics (Ph.D.), Applied Physics (Ph.D., M.S.), Materials Science  (Ph.D., M.S.), Medical Physics (M.S.), Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Science, Data Science (M.S.), Business Analytics (M.S.), Financial Engineering (M.S.), Industrial Engineering (Ph.D.), Management Science and Engineering (M.S.), Operations Research (Ph.D.), Mechanical Engineering  (Ph.D., M.S.).

Multiple Applications

It is against school policy to apply to more than one program at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science per term, including Columbia Video Network (CVN). Doing so may cause applications to be invalidated and application fees paid for additional applications will not be refunded.  If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs at for clarification.