Computer Science - New Media Engineering

New Media Engineering

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Qualifying Exam
GRE Not Required

The Certification of Professional Achievement in New Media Engineering is ideal for students who want to deepen their fundamental knowledge at the graduate level by completing 4 specified courses in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department.

The program combines key aspects of electrical engineering and computer science. Students learn the fundamentals of circuits, systems, and software associated with the design of programmable systems as used for general purpose computing, communications, control, or signal processing. Because of their broad skills in both hardware and software, students in new media engineering are in high demand for employment after graduation. 

"This program has given me a chance for an Ivy league, world class education without impact to my career. The class selection is outstanding and the class format enables distance participants to take the same class as the students on campus. It is very challenging, but extremely rewarding."
Sandra McDonald, AT&T

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. 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.

Course List

Required Courses:

Students must complete all three of the following courses:

  • Computer Networks (CSEE W4119)
  • Digital Signal Processing (ELEN E4810)
  • Digital Image Processing (ELEN E4830)

and one additional course, out of a selection of six in the field, such as:

  • Visual Information Systems ( ELEN E6850 )
  • Advanced Internet Services (COMS W6181)
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (ELEN E6860)
  • Topics in Signal Processing (ELEN E688x)
  • Computer Graphics (COMS W4160)
  • Music Signal Processing (ELEN E4896)

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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