Application timeline

  • 15 FEB

    Master of Science Fall Term (Engineering )

    06 January - 15 February Columbia University

    Most MS programs have two admission cycles with a start in the Fall (begins in September) and the Spring (begins in January). Other programs have only one start date in the Fall.  More information is available on the online application and department website.

    • 06 JAN

      Financial Engineering

      06 January

      Application deadline of Financial Engineering

    • 06 JAN

      Management Science & Engineering

      06 January

      Management Science & Engineering priority deadline

    • 15 JAN

      Civil Engineering MS Programs

      15 January

      Deadline for Civil Engineering MS Programs

    • 15 JAN

      Dual MS, Computer Science & Journalism

      15 January

      Dual MS, Computer Science & Journalism Program

    • 15 FEB

      All Other MS Programs

      15 February

      Deadline for All Other MS Programs (Engineering)

    • 15 FEB

      Management Science & Engineering

      15 February

      Final deadline for Management Science & Engineering

  • 31 AUG

    First-Year Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    01 November - 31 August Columbia University

    We look forward to getting to know you through your application. Be sure to read all contents in this First-Year Admission section as well as the Application Instructions carefully before beginning an application.

    • 01 NOV

      Deadline for Early Decision applications

      01 November

      If Columbia is your first choice - and you are willing to make a binding commitment to attend if admitted - please do consider applying Early Decision. All application materials must be submitted by November 1.

    • 15 DEC

      Decisions released to Early Decision candidates

      15 December

      Decisions released online to Early Decision candidates.

    • 01 JAN

      Deadline for Regular Decision candidates.

      01 January

      Deadline for Regular Decision candidates.

    • 15 JAN

      Deposit deadline

      15 January

      Deposit deadline for admitted Early Decision candidates.

    • 20 MAR

      Admissions and financial aid decisions released

      20 March

      Late March: Admissions and financial aid decisions released online to Regular Decision candidates, and invitations mailed for on-campus and regional programs for admitted students.

    • 01 MAY

      Deposit deadline for admitted students.

      01 May

      Deposit deadline for admitted students ( Regular Decision candidates)

    • 15 MAY

      Deadline for requesting deferral of enrollment

      15 May

      Deadline for requesting deferral of enrollment.

    • 15 JUN

      Final high school transcript due

      15 June

      Late June: Final high school transcript due for incoming students.

    • 21 AUG

      Orientation Program and academic year begin

      21 August

      Late August: Required New Student Orientation Program and academic year begin.