Computer Science - Intelligent Systems Certification

Intelligent Systems

Online Program Overview

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

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

I took my first CVN class and it took up every minute of my spare time, but I learned a tremendous amount and that is GREAT !!! The professor I had was very good, he explained extremely well, taught us how to apply the things we learned, and was very fair with the tests. The teaching assistant always answered questions fast and he was very helpful. This program enables me to focus my time on learning what I want to learn and not spend unnecessary time traveling.
Karin von Kaenel, IBM

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must supply the following information:

  1. Degree application form (online)
  2. One copy of official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary colleges/universities
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 
  4. Personal-professional statement
  5. Resume
  6. $150 Application Fee 


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

  • 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.

Course List

Three courses selected from the following: 

  • Programming Languages and Translators (COMS W4115) 
  • Advanced Software Engineering (COMS W4156) 
  • Artificial Intelligence (COMS W4701) 
  • Natural Language Processing (COMS W4705) 
  • Computational Aspects of Robotics (COMS W4733)
  • Visual Interfaces to Computers (COMS W4735) 
  • Machine Learning (COMS W4771) 

One 6000-level with COMS, CSEE, EEME, or ELEN. 

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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