Applied mathematics is the language of science, engineering, and fields beyond. Just as English is spoken by more non-native speakers than by native, mathematics is used daily by more non-mathematicians than by mathematicians. A Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics is an ideal career complement to nearly any practicing or aspiring researcher in quantitative domains. This has always included the physical sciences and has in the past decades increasingly included the biological and social sciences, as well. With the advent of commodity high-performance computing, applied mathematics has transcended its traditional analytical style and assumes an even greater importance and vitality in the realm of simulation.
Compared with the pure mathematician, the applied mathematician is more interested in problems driven by external fields. Compared with the engineer or scientist, she is more concerned with the formulation of problems (modeling) and the nature of solutions in the abstract. Compared with the computer scientist, he is more concerned with the tradeoff of accuracy against complexity and the interpretation of results. The work of members of all these groups often overlaps, and applied mathematics is smack in the active middle. As such, it naturally offers a degree with flexible elective requirements.
Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science or other related field (subject to the approval of the Applied Mathematics Program) from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission.
GPA required: Minimum of 3.0
GRE requirements: General test required
Other application requirements: Two recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application.
Students must complete all core courses (described below) and selected electives (described below) for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program.
The core courses provide a student with a foundation in the fundamentals of Applied Mathematics. The core courses contribute 15 points of graduate credit toward the degree. Students must complete at least five of the following nine classes:
A student must select five elective courses from those listed above or below for a total of 15 points of graduate credit. All of the courses shown are currently available through CVN. These courses allow the student to pick subjects from a variety of areas to complement the core program. Additional courses not listed below can be applicable towards the elective requirements, subject to the approval of the faculty advisor.
Computer Science Elective Courses:
Industrial Engineering/Operations Research Elective Courses:
Other Elective Courses (Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering):
Please note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once a completed application has been received it will be processed and given to the Admissions Committee for review. Applications will be considered for the next upcoming semester's admissions cycle. For example, an application received in February will be evaluated for the upcoming Summer semester. Only completed applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.
Please refer to the Requirements & Courses section of this degree program to determine what materials must be submitted with your application. Requirements vary slightly from department to department, so it is important to read this information carefully.
These application materials are designed to help individuals provide personal and academic information about themselves, which will be used to evaluate their candidacy for admission to graduate study in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Applicants can assist the Graduate Admissions office in providing prompt feedback about their application status by not submitting extraneous information which has not been requested such as excessive numbers of recommendation letters, copies of abstracts and theses, videotapes and/or photographs of research work, and secondary school transcripts. The information below indicates what items are required for a complete application.
Please note: Students that begin their studies at Columbia University under non-matriculated status through CVN must continue to take all of their coursework through CVN. When applying for admission to a degree program, students must submit all of their application materials directly to Columbia Video Network for processing. Applications that are sent directly to the Office of Graduate Student Services or submitted online via the ApplyYourself Application form instead of CVN's forms will result in total forfeiture of all credits taken under non-matriculated status through CVN. All Columbia courses to be used towards a student's program must be completed via CVN. Also note that any student taking courses through the auspices of CVN can take on-campus courses solely under the administrative guidance of CVN with advisor approval. To enroll in an on-campus course, please send an email to:
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Please keep a copy of all materials that you submit to CVN for your own records. CVN suggests that you submit your application materials by courier service in order to allow you to track shipments.
NOTE:In order to maintain accuracy of records, please provide the same name on your application that you have had as a CVN student. In case of any name change, please go ahead and contact the CVN office immediately to verify. Failure to update CVN could result in having an erroneous name on your graduation diploma. All admission enquiries should be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.
CVN Credit Tuition:$1782 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Audit Tuition:$834 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee:$395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee:$105 non-refundable one-time fee
Graduate Admission Application Fee:$200 non-refundable one-time fee
Certification Program Application Fee:$150 non-refundable one-time fee
Late Registration Fee:$100 non-refundable fee
CVN Withdrawal Fee:$75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
A three credit course would be $5346 + transcript fee $105(one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $5846