Columbia Video Network

540 S. W. Mudd, MC 4719
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

212-854-6447
info@cvn.columbia.edu
cvn.columbia.edu

BACKGROUND

Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science established the Columbia Video Network (CVN) in 1986 to meet a growing need within the engineering community for a graduate distance education program. Over 30 years later, our part-time fully online programs provide working professionals high quality graduate engineering education in a convenient and flexible format.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

At CVN, the #1 ranked Best Graduate Online Engineering Program by the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, students can enroll in online courses and earn graduate engineering degrees without ever having to set foot on campus. CVN courses are taught by Columbia University faculty, offering students flexibility coupled with the high-caliber teaching, resources, and standards inherent in The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

CVN students view the same lectures and complete the same homework, projects, and exams as those offered to students enrolled in on-campus SEAS courses. Students have access to online university resources and are a part of the Columbia community.

CVN graduates earn the same degrees as on-campus students. CVN’s administrative staff is available to assist with registration procedures and technical queries. Students pursuing their M.S. and DES are assigned an academic adviser.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

CVN offers part-time online graduate degree, certificate, and non-degree programs. CVN students may enroll in select SEAS graduate courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. CVN administrators work closely with faculty members from each department to select courses that best fit the needs of our students.

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Programs

The M.S. is a coursework-based masters, which requires 30 credits of online coursework. The M.S. must be completed within five years. Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment, which is a minimum of two classes per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring semesters.

Fields of Study:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science (9 tracks)
    1. Computational Biology
    2. Computer Security
    3. Foundations of Computer Science
    4. Machine Learning
    5. Natural Language Processing
    6. Network Systems
    7. Personalized Track
    8. Software Systems
    9. Vision Graphics, Interactions, and Robotics
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering: Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research: Methods in Finance

M.S. Application

The M.S. application requires a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, a resume/cv, a 250-word personal/ professional statement, an unofficial transcript for each university attended, three letters of recommendation, selfreported GRE General Test scores (GRE scores are valid for five years), TOEFL/ IELTS scores (if applicable), and a $150 application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are issued 4–6 weeks after submission. Applications must be submitted via the application portal on cvn.columbia.edu.

Although you need not be admitted to a degree program to begin taking classes through CVN, you should apply as soon as possible if you would like to earn a degree from Columbia University; up to 6 credits taken as a CVN nondegree student may be counted toward a degree when applying through CVN, subject to the approval of the student’s departmental adviser. Earning credit as a nondegree student does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program.

Accepted students can begin coursework up to one year after admission into CVN.

Doctor of Engineering Science (DES) Degree Programs (Hybrid)

The DES can be completed partially online. Students in the program can complete some of their courses online. Students also perform research on campus with a faculty adviser. Applicants must already have an M.S. in a related field prior to applying to the DES program. The DES must be completed within seven years. Applicants must select their faculty advisers prior to submitting their applications.

Fields of Study:

  • Earth and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

DES Application

The DES application requires a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, an M.S. in a related field, a resume/ cv, a 250-word personal/professional statement, an unofficial transcript for each university attended, three letters of recommendation, self-reported GRE General Test scores (GRE scores are valid for five years), TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), a $150 application fee, and the name of a prospective faculty adviser. Applications must be submitted via the application portal on cvn.columbia.edu. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are issued 4–6 weeks after submission.

Certification of Professional Achievement Programs

CVN offers 12-credit, four-course Certification of Professional Achievement programs in various fields for those who desire graduate-level coursework for professional advancement. Up to six credits earned in the Certification of Professional Achievement program can be applied towards an M.S .degree at CVN. Students enrolled in the certificate program must complete the program within two years and earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Fields of Study:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Business and Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Data Science
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Financial Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Low Carbon and Efficiency Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Multimedia Networking
  • Nanotechnology
  • Networking and Systems
  • New Media Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Wireless and Mobile Communications

Certification Application

The certification application requires a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, a resume/cv, a 250-word personal/professional statement, an unofficial transcript for each university attended, three letters of recommendation, and a $150 application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are issued within a week of submission. Applications must be submitted via the application portal on cvn.columbia.edu.

Nondegree Courses

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, or a related field may take one or two courses as a nondegree student. Any of the CVN courses listed on the CVN website may be taken as a non-degree course, provided that the student has met the prerequisites for that course.

Up to six credits earned as a nondegree student may be applied towards the MS course requirements. Earning credit as a non-degree student does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program.

Nondegree Application

The application requires a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, a resume/cv, a 250-word personal/ professional statement, and unofficial transcripts from every university attended. There is no application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are issued within a week of submission. Applications must be submitted via the application portal on cvn.columbia.edu.