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MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University

Updated on 05 May, 2023

Columbia University is a private Ivy League university located in New York City, United States of America (USA). The university has been a leader in education for more than 250 years. It gives a distinguished learning environment to its students to succeed and lead in various fields. With a cutting-edge curriculum, real-time industry connection, unmatched insights, and ground-breaking research, Columbia University has produced eminent personalities and helped develop leaders. It is the fifth oldest institution in the USA for higher education. Many breakthrough research, including nuclear pile, tectonic plates, and nuclear magnetic resonance, have been carried out by the university’s scientists and scholars.

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MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University emphasizes using management and technology perspectives in problem-solving in complex systems. This program has been designed for those who want to gain a deeper knowledge of solving problems using both perspectives.

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University Location

Columbia University is situated in the city of New York, USA, which is a hub for art, culture, entertainment, and world-class dining. The beautiful campus has a well-equipped infrastructure, including cafeterias, libraries, galleries, theaters, and ample accommodation. Columbia’s neighborhood, Morningside Heights, which is located on the upper west side of Manhattan, is at the center of the classical and cultural life of the Northeast Corridor. It is where most of the graduate and undergraduate studies are held.


Columbia University was founded by King George II of England as King’s College in 1754. Only after the American Revolution, it was renamed Columbia College in 1784. Columbia grew into a modern university during the latter half of the 19th century when it was moved to Madison Avenue. In 1896 it was again renamed by the trustees of Columbia University in New York. 


Columbia University’s affiliations are

  • AAU (The Association of American Universities)
  • URA (The Universities Research Association)
  • NAICU (The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)
  • 568 Group (a consortium of American universities practicing need-blind admissions)
  • Space-grant (for outer space research). 

It holds accreditation from MSCHE (The Middle States Commission on Higher Education), reflecting innovation-driven education.

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  1. Alumni


Many notable alumni have graduated from Columbia University. It has produced prominent personalities, including three former US presidents, Chief Justices, National Academy members, Oscar winners, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Some famous alumni are:

  •       Barack Obama- 44th US President
  •       Franklin D. Roosevelt- 32nd US President
  •       Theodore Roosevelt- 26th US President
  •       Alexander Hamilton- Founding father of the USA
  •       B.R. Ambedkar- Father of the Indian constitution
  •       Warren Buffet- CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

About MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University

MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University is offered by the Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business School. It is a three-semester curriculum designed for those who want to focus on management and engineering perspectives in solving problems of complex systems. MSE at Columbia University allows students to choose from three-four consulting projects to gain industry experience while taking the course simultaneously. The program is STEM-certified and makes a student eligible for F-1 STEM OPT extension.

Course Ranking                  

Columbia University has consistently received high rankings in national and international surveys. Columbia University ranked 2nd among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Ranked By202020212022
Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) 78NA
Best Global Universities Rankings -U.S. News & World Report76NA
Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings1617NA
QS World University Rankings18193

Admission Process and Documents Required

The application fee for a program is $85. (non-refundable)

Documents Required

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are mandatory
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/Duolingo test scores.
  • Official transcript from each university or college attended
  • Resume or CV
  • Publications are optional
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal statement
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Application Deadline

Applications for the Spring 2022 term have closed. Columbia University MS in MSE deadline, for the Fall semester, is February 15.

MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University Fees and Expenses

Academic Calendar2021-2022Fall 2021Spring 2022
Tuition ($2,272 per point/12 points per semester)$54,528.00$27,264.00$27,264.00
International Student Fee (International Students Only)$240.00$120.00$120.00
Health Insurance$3,892.00$1,483.00$2,409.00
Health Service Fee$1,246.00$623.00$623.00
Document Fee (1st Semester Charge Only)$105.00$105.00 
Facilities Fee   $1,002.00$459.00$543.00
SEAS Graduate Student Activities Fee $600.00$300.00$300.00
Books & Supplies$2,100.00$1,050.00$1,050.00
Room & Board$25,245.00$11,220.00$14,025.00
Personal Expenses$6,075.00$2,700.00$3,375.00
Transportation (monthly MetroCard)$1,143.00$508.00 $635.00
Loan Origination Fee (Federal Unsubsidized Loans) $216.00$108.00$108.00
Total Estimated Expenses $96,392.00$45,940.0$50,452.00

 Credit Hours Requirements

MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University is a full-time course of 12 months divided into three semesters. Requirements for course completion are:

  • Six required courses for 12 credits
  • Spring core is for three credits and Fall core is for nine credits.
  • Semi- Core Requirements for 18 credits
  • Breadth electives for six credits
  • B grade or higher is required

Job Prospects and Salary Scale

The average starting salary for MSE graduate students is $107,373. Top recruiters include Accenture, Alibaba, American Airlines, Delivere, Deloitte, EY Parthenon, Gartner, Intuit, McKinsey & Company, and Meta (Facebook), among many others.

Job ProfileAverage Annual Salary
Data Analyst$70,207
Software Engineer $116,800
Data Scientist$105,997
Algorithm Engineer$121,500
Senior Software Engineer$138,953

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum Grade Point Average for application to pursue MSE at Columbia University?

A GPA score of at least 3 is highly recommended for admission to MSE at Columbia University.

When will I know about my application decision?

Master’s program applicants will be informed by mid-March to April for the Fall semester.

What is the accepted TOEFL score?

It is mandatory for non-native English speakers to present proof of English proficiency. The university recommends having a TOEFL score above 100.

Will the university conduct an interview?

After successful submission of the application, students will have access to submit a video interview. 

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