Computer Science - Information Systems Certification

Information Systems

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Not Required

The computer science curriculum at Columbia places equal emphasis on theoretical computer science and mathematics and on experimental computer technology. 

The Certification of Professional Achievement in Information Systems is designed for students who wish to deepen their fundamental knowledge at the graduate level by completing 4 specified courses in the Computer Science Department.

Columbia really shines in my search for a school to pursue my advance degree via long distance learning. The reason is simple. The CVN crew and faculty continuously gives speedy support and helpful advise in all areas from academic to technical support. I found none of its competitor comes close to it. Equally important is that CVN constantly look for way to improve. I would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation and thank everyone that makes long distance learning possible."
Jacqueline Tse, Hewlett Packard

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must submit official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, personal-professional statement, resume, and the $150 application fee.

Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department. Program requirements for completion of these Certification Programs are listed below:

  • 4 Graduate-level classes all earned through CVN, as a non-degree student.
  • Minimum of 12 credit points
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of program within two (2) calendar years.


Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department.

Course List

  • Database Systems (COMS W4111)
  • One of the following:Database System Implementation (COMS W4112) Advanced Database Systems (COMS E6111) Web Enhanced Information Management (COMS E6125)
  • One of the following: Advanced Internet Services (COMS E6181) Network Security (COMS W4180) Operating Systems (COMS W4118)Computer Networks (CSEE W4119)Visual Interfaces to Computers (COMS W4735)
  • One of the following: Visual Information Systems (ELEN E6850) Natural Language Processing (COMS W4705)

Tuition & Fees

2023–2024 Tuition & Fees

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: $2,462.00 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee
Tuition Deposit: $1,000 (More information on our Resources page)

Estimated cost of one nondegree course: $7,886.00
Estimated total cost of certification (four courses): $31,229.00

Estimated total cost of MS (ten courses): $77,915.00
*Estimated total cost of DES (ten courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits): $108,249.00

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $85 non-refundable one-time fee 
Certification Program Application Fee: $85 non-refundable one-time fee 

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three-credit course would be $7,781 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $7,886

*Assumes DES student enrolls in two six-credit research courses.

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.

Payment should be mailed to:

Attn: Shewanna House
Accounting & Business Management
Senior Student Services Rep
Payments & Deposits
210 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9205
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Before you mail your check or money order, please take careful note of the following requirements to ensure the timely processing of your payment: https://sfs.columbia.edu/content/pay-mail.

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