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Brief background:

A private Ivy League research university, Columbia University (Fu Foundation) was established in 1754. It has an acceptance rate of 5.8%, which makes it the third most selective college in the country and the second most selective college in the Ivy League. The university offers various undergraduate and graduate programs through its 20 schools. Undergraduate schools such as the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia College, and the School of General Studies, and graduate schools such as Columbia Law School, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Columbia Business School are some of its world-renowned schools.

Its Engineering school, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering, was started in 1896 and is counted amongst the Ivy League colleges.


The main campus of the University is located in Morningside Heights and is spread over 36 acres. The campus has excellent facilities for students. The largest building on the campus is the Butler library. Students also have access to 20 other major libraries. The campus also has two wind tunnels, a nanotechnology laboratory, a machine shop, a nuclear fission reactor, and a General Dynamics TRIGA Mk. II amongst other facilities.

Residing Options:

Columbia University (Fu Foundation) offers on-campus housing to its students. However, on-campus living is quite expensive and students have to pay $6,000 per year. Hence, most students prefer to live off-campus.

Faculty and pedagogy:

We are sure you must have heard about the excellent faculty at this University. Well, what else can be expected from one of the finest Universities in the world? The professors here are pretty helpful.


Columbia University fees for Indian students is around $45,000 annually. The annual off-campus living cost is around $10,000 annually.

Financial aid:

Columbia University (Fu Foundation) is a private foundation and thus offers very scholarships. Getting these scholarships is quite tough as the competition is fierce. However, students desirous of financial aid can apply for Teaching Assistant positions.

Jobs and placements:

In the case of MS (Master of Science) graduates, the salary range is $53,052 - $111,237. Girls salary range is $47,573 - $100,649, and boys earn about $53,487 - $125,016. Girls earn $70K on an average compared to approximately $87K in the case of boys, and the average salary for CMU graduates is $81K. In the STEM field, the highest annual median pay is for Software Engineers and Data Scientists (around $100K). MBA is the highest paying degree with an average annual salary of $134K. 1304 Students found jobs after graduating from Columbia University extremely satisfying and rated 4 stars out of 5 on Payscale.


Columbia University (Fu Foundation) has a long list of famous alumni. Some of the recent notable names include Chairman of Goldman Sachs Stephen Friedman, CEO of Citigroup Vikram Pandit, and President of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet.


All we can say is that if you manage to receive an admission letter from Columbia University, accept it by all means.


The university is located on the upper west side of Manhattan and is at the center of cultural life. There are a number of galleries, museums, and libraries nearby. New York is the hub of air and train travel. The cab fare to the airport is not very high. And the subway is also near to the university that connects to the inter-state railway station and runs 24 hours a day. LaGuardia Airport is closest to the university. The bus service ($2.00) from LaGuardia Airport to Columbia University (leaves LaGuardia every 30 minutes from 4:50 am–1:00 am). The ride may last 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

There are several restaurants and bars that are frequented by the students: Riverside and Morningside Parks are very near to the campus, and Central Park is only a walk away. Many academic institutions are at Morningside Heights. They keep the neighborhood student-centered and affordable. The location provides quick and easy access to Lincoln Center, the West Village, Times Square, etc

Acceptance Rate for Indians 47%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 1,089
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 92
TA Appointments 163
RA appointments 429
Research funding $0
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Biomedical Engineering

The Master of Science program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) provides world-class education with opportunities for innovation and research. The department also has a partnership with the Columbia University Medical Center for interdisciplinary collaborations.
Apart from Masters, the department also offers undergraduate and Ph.D. programs.
Applications for admissions are taken online. Applicants need to submit official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended, three recommendation letters, the GRE General Test Scores, Language test score, a Personal Statement, and the resumé or Curriculum Vitae.
Please note that an interview may be requested.

Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics; Biosignals and Biomedical Imaging; Cell and Tissue Engineering


The Chemical Engineering Master of Science (MS) program offered by the Chemical Engineering department ensures that the students study the newest and most important chemical engineering topics in depth. The department offers MS with a Concentration in Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals. Applicants must have B-average or better in a science or engineering undergraduate curriculum. All MS applicants are expected to have completed General Chemistry I and II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III (multivariable calculus), and an Ordinary Differential Equations Course. Applicants who have undergraduate degrees in chemistry, polymer science, physics, materials science, or any engineering discipline can also apply, but they should keep the minimum 16 years clause of US universities in mind.
This program connects students with developments in biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals with a focus on engineering applications and approaches. In addition, it also offers an MS with a Concentration in Electrochemical Energy. The concentration provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals and technologies associated with batteries and fuel cells. In addition to the Master programs, the department also offers BS and PhD programs.

Areas of Expertise: Biophysics and Soft Matter Physics; Polymers and Soft Materials; Bioinductive and Biomimetic Materials; Chemical Engineering; Genomic Engineering; Interfacial Engineering and Electrochemistry

List of labs: Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants

Civil and Engineering Mechanics

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics offers BS, Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, EngScD (Doctor of Engineering Science), and PhD program. 
The MS program includes concentrations in construction engineering and management, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering and water resources, forensic (structural) engineering, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering, or combinations of these areas. An MS applicant without any undergraduate course in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics will need to take certain undergraduate courses before proceeding to graduate studies.
Applications are accepted online. Applicants need to submit official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended, three recommendation letters, language test scores, the GRE General Test Scores, a Personal statement and the resumé or Curriculum Vitae. Please note that an interview may be requested.

Areas  of Expertise: Environmental Engineering and Water Resources; Civil Engineering; Construction Engineering and Management; Engineering Mechanics; Geotechnical Engineering

Computer Science

The program is intended for students looking forward to deepening their understanding of computer science. The department currently offers concentration tracks covering eight disciplines - Computational Biology; Computer Security; Foundations of Computer Science; Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Network Systems; Software Systems; Vision, Graphics, Interaction, and Robotics; MS Personalized; MS Thesis.
The department offers the following undergraduate courses - BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering; BA in Computer Science; BA in Computer Science and Mathematics; BA in Data Science and BA in Information Science. The Master programs offered are MS in Computer Science, MS in Computer Engineering, Dual MS in Journalism and Computer Science. The department also offers Ph.D. and EngScd (Doctor of Engineering Science) programs for different fields.
Applications are taken online. Applicants need to submit official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended, Three recommendation letters, Language test scores, the GRE General Test Scores, a Personal Statement, and the resumé or Curriculum Vitae. Please note that an interview may be requested.

Areas of Expertise: Software Testing; Wireless Networks and Network Security; Security; Embedded & Reconfigurable Systems; Graphics; Networking & Distributed Systems; Digital Image Processing & Computer Vision; Software Process; High Performance Computing; Digital Integrated Circuit Design; Artificial Intelligence & Security; Computer Architecture; Software Engineering Pedagogy; Pervasive and Mobile Computing; Vision/Pattern Recognition; Signal Processing & Control; Empirical Software Engineering; Software Design; User-centered Software Design; Theory; Data Management/Data Mining; Programming Languages & Tools; Secure Software
List of labs: Data Science Institute


The Electrical Engineering program allows students to pursue the discipline in depth. Students can study topics like physical devices, circuits and systems, communications and networking, signal, information and data processing, computer engineering, smart electric energy, and systems biology or neuroengineering. The programs offered are Bachelor of Science, integrated BS/MS program, MS Electrical Engineering honors, MS and Ph.D. The concentrations for MS will be from amongst Data-Driven Analysis and Computation; Networking; Wireless and Mobile Communications; Integrated Circuits and Systems; Smart Electric Energy; Systems Biology and Neuroengineering; Lightwave (Photonics) Engineering; Microelectronic Devices.
Applicants need to submit official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended three recommendation letters, the GRE General Test Scores, a Personal Statement, and the resumé or Curriculum Vitae. Please note that an interview may be requested.

Areas of Expertise: Power Systems; Control Systems and Robotics; Signal & Image Processing; Microelectromechanical Sensors & Systems; Digital Systems; Integrated Circuit Fabrication; Communications; Subquarter-micron Lithography; Integrated Electronics; Biomedical Systems

Earth and Environmental Engineering

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering (B.S.-EEE); a 3-2 Combined Plan B.A./B.S; a 4-2 program bachelor's degree at an affiliated liberal arts college; a two-year engineering program leading to a master's degree; an MS in Earth Resources Engineering (MS-ERE) with concentrations in Water Resources and Climate Risks, Sustainable Energy, ​Sustainable Waste Management; and PhD/Eng.Sc.D.

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research offers Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering; Operations Research; Operations Research: Analytics; Operations Research: Engineering Management Systems; Operations Research: Financial Engineering.
MS programs are offered in five core disciplines: MS in 

  • Financial Engineering: It is a multidisciplinary field involving financial theory, engineering methods, mathematical tools, and programming. It involves full-time training in the application of engineering methodologies and quantitative methods in finance.
  • Business Analytics: Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business Schools offer a full-time Master of Science in Business Analytics degree with a three-semester curriculum including modeling techniques and data science tools which help businesses to use data and make better decisions. A key element is a capstone project that provides an intense consulting engagement with clients and their real-world business problems using real data sets.
  • Operations Research: The Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR) ensures that students can focus on areas such as mathematical programming, stochastic models, and simulation through domain-specific courses in logistics, supply chain management, revenue management, financial engineering, risk management, entrepreneurship, and general management.
  • Industrial Engineering: The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering is for students with an undergraduate engineering degree. The focus is on special fields such as scheduling, production planning, inventory control, and industrial economics. The MSIE Program offers three specialized concentrations:
    • Healthcare Management: Focuses on applying the methodology of operations research and industrial engineering to healthcare systems.
    • Regulated Industries: For students with an undergraduate engineering degree with a focus on industrial engineering problems in regulated industries.
    • Systems Engineering Provides a holistic view of engineering and focuses on how complex engineering projects should be designed and managed.
  • Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering degree (36 credit degree program is offered in four concentrations; Operations & Analytics, Pricing & Revenue Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovations, and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. 

Applications are taken online. Applicants need to submit official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended Three recommendation letters, the GRE General Test Scores, a Personal Statement, and the resumé or Curriculum Vitae. Please note that an interview may be requested.

Areas of Expertise: Lean Production Systems; 3d Printing / Additive Manufacturing; Ergonomics/Human Factors/Safety Engr; Data Mining/Data Analytics; Operations Research/Simulation/Logistics; Systems Engineering; Engineering Design; Applied Statistics / Experimental Design; Manufacturing Engineering; Sustainable Engineering

List of labs: Additive Manufacturing and Multi-Functional Printing (AMPrint) Center


The Master of Science program offered by The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides an opportunity through which students can enrich their knowledge in the latest and most important topics in mechanical engineering. Students can choose courses from several suggested specialized elective concentrations, including Biomechanics, Energy Systems, Micro/Nanoscale Engineering, and Robotics and Control. The MechTech Laboratory provides an opportunity to students for hands-on experience with microcomputer-embedded control of electromechanical systems. Facilities for the construction and testing of analog and digital electronic circuits aid the students in learning the basic components of the microcomputer architecture. 
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Elective Concentration in Biomechanics provides foundations of fluid and solid mechanics applicable to biomechanics, as well as applications of mechanics to a specific cell, tissue and organ systems. The higher-level courses provide deeper foundations on theoretical and computational approaches relevant to biomechanics. 
The currently available concentrations are listed below:
Biomechanics: This elective concentration provides foundations of fluid and solid mechanics applicable to biomechanics, as well as applications of mechanics to a specific cell, tissue and organ systems.
Energy Systems: The program provides advanced thermofluidic knowledge and is related to energy and environmental policy. This elective concentration helps students prepare for careers in energy production and energy consultation.
Micro/Nanoscale Engineering: The program prepares students for careers in diverse and rapidly expanding areas that span energy harvesting, ultrafast information processing, biometrics and theranostics.
Robotics and Control: This elective concentration prepares students to join established companies, information-age dominant players investing heavily in this field, or the new wave of Robotics start-ups aiming to provide disruptive innovations.

Areas of Expertise: Healthcare Systems; Microsystems; Gear Design; Thermo-fluid Systems; Systems And Controls; Energy Systems; Transportation Systems; Nanofluids

List of labs: Fuel Cell/Micro Channel Research

Pure Sciences

The Department of Chemistry at Columbia University offers the following programs: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Biological Chemistry; Materials Chemistry. The Department of Physics has about 35 faculty who teach and carry out research in the fields of astrophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy nuclear physics, high energy particle physics, and atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
The Mathematics Department offers courses in mathematics at all levels through various degree programs at Barnard College. The core mathematics subjects in the graduate course are the following:  Analysis and Probability, Modern Geometry, Lie Groups, and Representation,  Algebraic Topology, Complex Analysis, and Riemann Surfaces, Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory. Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics only offer doctoral programs and no separate masters degree.
The Mathematics department offers a Master of Arts program in Mathematics with a specialization in Mathematics of Finance (MAFN). It draws on the diverse strengths of the university in mathematics, statistics, stochastic processes, numerical methods, and financial applications.
The M.S. Program in Applied Physics lays emphasis on basic physics while allowing many options in applied physics specialties. Students usually take it as an additional course beyond the bachelor’s level, or as a stepping stone to doctoral studies in the applied physics fields of plasma physics, laser physics, or solid-state physics. The M.S. Program in Applied Mathematics leads to a Master of Science degree after the students complete five core courses and five electives.
The CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics M.S. Program ensures students are prepared for professional careers in the field of Medical Physics. The program covers the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Specializations covered include: Radiation Therapy; Diagnostic Radiology; Nuclear Medicine; Medical Health
List of Labs: NanoPower Research Lab



Annual fees for Indians $45,000
Annual off-campus living $10,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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