Application Deadline

Please note:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once a completed application has been received, it will be processed and given to the Admissions Committee for review. Applications will be considered for the next upcoming semester's admissions cycle. We recommend applying at least two months before the semester you would like to begin your studies. For example, to begin in Spring 2019, you should submit your application by the end of November 2018. Only completed applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review. 


APPLY NOW for all MS, DES, Certification or non-degree programs! Degree program applicants will need to enter the degree/concentration code for their program. 


Summary of Required Materials for all Degree Applications

  • Three recommendation letters 
  • GRE General Test scores. For the application, you can self-report your GRE scores.  If given an offer of admission, you will be required to send CVN your official GRE scores.
  • Copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary colleges/universities. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application.  If given an offer of admission you will be required to send official transcripts.
  • Personal/Professional Statement - a concise (max 250 word) typewritten statement outlining your academic and professional goals
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results (if applicable)
  • Transfer Credits Form (if applicable)
  • Application Fee


Applications for Certificate programs require transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, the personal-professional statement, resume/CV, and the application fee.  GRE scores are not required.


Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation are required for all degree and certification programs. Non-degree programs do not require recommendation letters.

Required Exam Scores

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test results are required of all MS applicants. GRE scores are valid for 5 years.  No other test scores can be substituted for the GRE. Work experience does not waive the GRE requirement. If you hold a doctorate degree (not a masters), you may apply for a GRE waiver by including a letter stating your request along with the rest of your application materials.
  • TOEFL or IELTS is required of all candidates who have not received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is the official spoken language. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
  • Only if admitted are you required to send in your official score reports.  Official score reports must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • The Columbia Engineering CEEB code is 2111 (not 2162, which belongs to the Graduate School of Arts and Science).


  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended or are currently attending must be submitted with the MS, Certification, Nondegree, and Doctoral applications.  Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application.  Once admitted to CVN, you will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Credits which appear as transfer credits on any other transcript are not valid; a transcript from the school where the credits were earned must be submitted.
  • Students who have previously or are currently enrolled at Columbia University must request that copies of their transcripts be sent to CVN at 500 W 120th Street, 540 Mudd, Columbia University, NY, NY 10027.
  • All materials submitted in support of an application, whether official or unofficial, become the property of Columbia University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to other schools or agencies. Since your documents will not be returned, we suggest that you keep copies of any documents you may need for your personal records.

Application Fee

  • An application fee of $150 is required for Masters, Certification and Doctoral applicants. 
  • The Graduate Student Services Office will only process applications which are submitted with an application fee. The processing fee is non-refundable. Please make the check payable to: Columbia Video Network.
  • Application fee waivers are available to active U.S. Military personnel and Veterans. Email to request a waiver of your application fee.


Applications for more than one degree program cannot be processed simultaneously.

For answers to application questions, please review our FAQ page, or contact the CVN Records Team at (212) 854-6447.

Columbia University

Columbia Video Network
Attn: Graduate Admissions
500 West 120th Street
540 MUDD, MC: 4719
New York, NY 10027 

Please keep a copy of all materials that you submit to CVN for your own records. CVN suggests that you submit your application materials by courier service to track your shipment.