Thank you for your interest in the IEOR Department at Columbia University. We are home to the Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Financial Engineering, Management Science & Engineering, and Business Analytics Master of Science programs and Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Doctoral programs. If you are interested in admission, we encourage you to submit a complete application along with the required documents.

Admissions Dashboard

Click below to find our dates and deadlines. Check back for live updates about application status.

Spring 2021

 

Program

Deadline

Decision Timeline

Status

Operations Research

December 11th

December

Applications Open

Financial Engineering

December 11th

December

Applications Open

Management Science & Engineering

December 11th

December

Applications Open

Industrial Engineering

December 11th

December

Applications Open

Business Analytics

December 11th

December

Applications Open

Our PhD Programs do not have Spring Admissions. You find further details about the PhD Fall 2021 deadlines below.

Fall 2021

 

Program

Deadline

Decision Timeline

Status

Operations Research

February 15th

Early April

Application Open

Financial Engineering

January 5th

Mid-March

Application Open

Management Science & Engineering

February 15th

Early April

Application Open

Industrial Engineering

February 15th

Early April

Application Open

Business Analytics

February 15th

Early April

Application Open

PhD Programs

December 15th

Late February

Application Open

Frequently Asked Questions 2021 Admissions

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below for the 2021 Admissions cycle. If you have further questions, please email us at admit@ieor.columbia.edu or reach us via our admissions hotline at 212-854-2941 from 9am-12pm New York time, excluding weekends and University holidays. 

For admission system related technical questions, please contact seasgradmit@columbia.edu. For undergraduate admissions related questions, please visit the undergraduate admissions website, email ugrad-ask@columbia.edu or call 212-854-2522.

 

Our Programs

What are the prerequisites coursework or knowledge for your programs?

A background in a variety of quantitative courses is helpful to your success in the program.  The quantitative coursework includes: multivariable calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and some knowledge of computer programming (such as C/C++, Python, and Matlab). We place the highest priority on quantitative skills, followed by math performance, programming experience, and professional experience. 

How long does it take to complete the MS program?

Students typically complete our programs in 3 semesters. For our 30-point MS programs in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, students can complete the program in 2 semesters by taking 15 points (usually five courses) per semester.

What is the class profile?

The Columbia IEOR graduate programs look for candidates with a background in engineering, mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics, finance, or other similar quantitative fields. You can review our Student Ambassadors page to see profiles of our current students.

Are your programs STEM-certified?

All 5 of our MS programs are STEM-certified and eligible for F-1 STEM OPT extension.

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for questions about pre-requisites, program duration, & class profile

Admissions Process

Are you accepting applications for the Spring 2021 cycle?

For the Spring 2021 admission cycle, we will be reviewing applications for all MS programs. The deadline for application is November 15th. You may apply through our application system.

Do you have rolling admissions? When can I expect a decision?

The IEOR Department does not have rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed immediately after the priority deadline date. The review process typically requires 6-8 weeks after the priority deadline date for a decision to be provided. Be assured, you will be notified of the result of your application review as soon as possible. Our Programs are typically filled each intake so it is important that you apply timely!

Can I defer enrollment if admitted?

Columbia Engineering does not have a deferral policy. You should apply for the term that you expect to begin your program.

Can I apply to two programs during a given application cycle?

You may only apply to one program in Columbia Engineering; however, you may apply to more than one program in the same application cycle provided the other program is not in Columbia Engineering. Further, you may only have one active Columbia Engineering application at a time. Since our MS programs (MSOR, MSIE, MSBA, MS&E, MSFE) are in the Engineering School, you may only apply to one of our MS programs per cycle.

Are there any upcoming admissions events?

Our admissions events and information are posted and updated on our website. 

Am I admissible? Can someone on your team evaluate my candidacy prior to applying?

Unfortunately, we cannot evaluate your candidacy prior to submission of a complete application. If you are interested in admission, we encourage you to submit a complete application along with the required documents.

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for questions about Spring 2021 admissions, rolling/priority deadlines, decisions, deferred enrollment, multiple applications, eligibility, & admissions events

Tuition & Fees

What types of financial aid am I eligible for?

For information about different types of funding options visit the website of our Student Financial Services. All prospective students should seek funding from external sources such as scholarships offered by philanthropic or government organizations. Eligibility requirements will vary depending on the sponsor. Separate applications will be required by each sponsor. To search a list of external scholarship opportunities you may use Columbia University's Find a Fellowship listing online or our Fellowship Directory. There are many other search sites available on the Internet. We also suggest you consult with faculty, administrators, or mentors, at your current or prior undergraduate school as they may also have knowledge of sources of funding.

Can I waive the application fee?

Eligible students are welcome to apply for an application fee waiver. Application fee waivers may be available for students who meet certain criteria including, U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in a U.S. school with financial need, U.S. Military personnel/veterans, and students who participate in special programs (listed on the waiver form). Please do not submit a Request if you do not meet these criteria. To apply, please first create an online application and complete the program selection page. After, complete and submit the Application Fee Waiver Request Form, available in the blue box on the right-hand side of the Application Requirements webpage with the required documentation.

What is the cost of the program?

We have provided an estimated budget that may help you plan your finances. You may also review our Student Financial Services for the current year tuition and fees.

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for questions about financial aid, application fees, & program tuition

Application Requirements

Is the GRE test required for 2021 admissions?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission cycles. If you have taken the exam and would like to provide your scores, you may, but it is not required. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized in the graduate admissions review process.

Is the GMAT test required for admissions?

The GMAT exam is not a requirement for the application, though it may be included as supplementary material. If you would like to submit the scores as additional material, you should submit the score report with your personal statement file.

Can I submit expired test scores?

Expired test scores are not accepted. All standardized test scores need to remain valid through the start of your first semester.  If your scores will expire prior to this, we strongly encourage you to retake the exam. 

How do I submit my scores?

The Columbia University code 2111. It is not necessary to enter the department code.

Is there a minimum required English Language Test score?

There are no minimum test score requirements to apply for admission consideration. However, it may be necessary to improve your English proficiency if you scored:

  • 99 or lower on the TOEFL internet-based test; or
  • 6.5 or lower on the IELTS
  • 68 or lower on the PTE Academic
  • 119 or lower on the Duolingo English Test
Can I waive the English Language Test requirement?

One can waive the English language test requirement (ex. TOEFL, IELTS) if they have completed or will complete the entirety of their undergraduate or graduate degree in an English speaking country. Further, in the application, there is a section which guides applicants as to whether this exam is required for them based on their provided information. Please refer to the application for further details.

Should my recommendation letters come from academic or professional references?

You are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation. All applicants are required to submit at least 2 academic references, unless that applicant received a bachelor’s degree more than 5 years prior to the date of the application. Applicants who received a bachelor’s degree more than 5 years prior to the date of the application are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit an academic reference.

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