This MicroMasters program will end in May 2021 and no additional program runs are planned at this time. The last offering for all 4 courses in this program will be in the spring of 2021, with the start date of 02/01/2021. You may enroll and upgrade in any courses you have not already enrolled in or completed. Please visit your program dashboard to enroll in your remaining courses.

  • Final course start date for all 4 courses: 02/01/2021
  • Last day to enroll in all 4 courses: 03/01/2021

Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or need assistance.


The ColumbiaX MicroMasters® Program in Artificial Intelligence is a professional and academic credential offered by for online learners. These Masters level courses include video lectures, quizzes, programming assignments, peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. Learners who successfully complete all courses in the MicroMasters program on edX receive a MicroMasters program certificate that they can share on their resume and LinkedIn. 

Learners who successfully complete all four courses in the AI MicroMasters program and receive a certificate for each course, will earn an edX MicroMasters program certificate from ColumbiaX. 

Recipients of a MicroMasters program certificate can apply to Columbia University's online or on-campus Masters in Computer Science program. If admitted, students will receive 7.5 course credits towards their MS in Computer Science degree. MicroMasters credits cannot be combined with any other transfer credits.

The 7.5 course credits are equivalent to the following:

COMS W4701 Artificial Intelligence (3 credits)
COMS W4771 Machine Learning (3 credits)
COMS W4901 Projects in Computer Science (1.5 credits)

Once formally approved, the courses can count toward any requirements/electives that fit the chosen MS track and, the first two courses (AI, ML) will count as part of the CS MS Breadth Requirement, specifically as two courses in Group 3  (AI and Applications).  Students still must take one course from Group 1 (Systems), and one course from Group 2 (Theory) in order to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.  Note that this requirement is common to all CS MS tracks that the student may choose. It is not tied to a single track.

Once formally approved, the last course (Projects in Computer Science) will count as part of the Elective Track Course Requirement.  Note that this is common to all CS MS tracks.

The MicroMasters Program in Artificial Intelligence consists of four courses:

This program allows learners to gain expertise in one of the most fascinating and fastest growing areas of computer science through an innovative online program that covers fascinating and compelling topics in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its applications. This MicroMasters program will give you a rigorous, advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in Artificial Intelligence.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a MicroMasters Program Certificate? 

  • It is a certificate granted to learners by edX for completing a series of graduate-level online courses. 

How can learners earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate?

  • Enrolled learners will have to complete, pass and earn a Verified Certificate in all four courses to receive a MicroMasters Program Certificate. 

Will learners who have earned the MicroMasters program certificate and are interested in entering Columbia through this new pathway also be expected to complete the standard Columbia Graduate Application?

  • Yes, learners who have earned a MicroMasters program certificate must still meet the admission requirements.

Do MicroMasters program credits expire?

  • Yes, learners who earn a MicroMasters program certificate and plan to apply the MicroMasters program credits towards a degree at Columbia must apply within two years of completing the MicroMasters program.

Is there a timeline for completing all courses in the MicroMasters program?

  • Yes, all courses in the MicroMasters program must be completed within 2 years of the start date of the first course in order to apply MicroMasters program credits towards a Columbia degree.

Can the GRE be waived for learners who successfully complete the MicroMasters program?

  • The GRE will not be waived. Applicants should submit a current GRE with their MS application.

Does completion of the MicroMasters program certificate guarantee admission to Columbia University?

  • No, receiving MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. MicroMasters program certificate recipients must still go through the application process.

After receiving a MicroMasters program certificate, what are the steps to apply to Columbia University?

  • You need to apply and be admitted to the program at Columbia University. 
  • Earning the ColumbiaX MicroMasters program certificate from edX does not guarantee admission. It does allow the review committee to look at a more expanded track record for each applicant.  
  • During the application process you will need to submit some additional supporting materials, including transcripts, a resume, letters of recommendation and personal/professional statement, among others. Your application will be reviewed in its entirety.
  • Those applicants who have successfully completed the ColumbiaX MicroMasters program certificate and are admitted to Columbia University MS programs will receive 7.5 transfer credits. The ColumbiaX MicroMasters program certificate will not count towards the GPA.

Can I apply the MicroMasters program credits to a Certification?

  • No, the credits are only applicable to a Master's Degree.

If I successfully complete one course in the MicroMasters program and receive a certificate for that course, can I transfer credits for that course to Columbia University or a different school?

  • No, the standalone MicroMasters courses are not credit-bearing. Only those learners who have successfully completed the ColumbiaX MicroMasters program certificate and are admitted to Columbia University MS programs will receive 7.5 transfer credits.

Can I transfer the MicroMasters program credits as an existing Columbia University student?

  • No, the credits are only applicable to prospective students applying for a Master's Degree.

Can I apply to a Columbia University Master's program before completing the MicroMasters program?

  • All courses in a MicroMasters program must be successfully completed and a MicroMasters program certificate earned before applying to a Master's program at Columbia University.