MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential for online learners from anywhere in the world. Learners who successfully complete a series of Columbia Univerity's graduate-level courses on edX.org, and one or more proctored exams, will earn a MicroMasters credential from ColumbiaX, and can then apply for an accelerated master’s degree program at Columbia. 

MicroMasters courses offer the same learning and challenge as Columbia courses.

Columbia University MicroMasters Offerings 

Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters 

Gain expertise in one of the most fascinating and fastest growing areas of computer science through an innovative online program that covers fascinating and compelling topics in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its applications. This MicroMasters Program will give you a rigorous, advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in Artificial Intelligence. Those who have successfully completed the Micromasters can apply the credits they have earned towards the MS in Computer Science degree. 

Business Analytics MicroMasters 

Successful learners with the MicroMasters program in Business Analytics will be able to apply the credits they've earned to three Columbia Masters programs: MS in Management Science & Engineering (Engineering and Business School), MS in Operations Research, Business Analytics concentration (Engineering School), MS in Marketing Science (Business School), and MS in Business Analytics (Engineering and Business School), a new program that will launch in the Fall of 2018.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a MicroMasters? 

  • It is a credential granted to learners by edX for completing a series of graduate-level online coursework. 

How can learners earn a MicroMasters credential?

  • Enrolled learners will have to complete, pass and earn a Verified Certificate in all four courses to receive a MicroMasters Credential. 

Will students who have earned the MicroMasters credential and are interested in entering Columbia through this new pathway also be expected to complete the standard Columbia Graduate Application?

  • Yes, students who have earned a MicroMasters credential will still have to meet the admission requirements 

Do MicroMasters credits expire?

  • Yes, students who have earned a MicroMasters credential, must apply to Columbia within 2 years of completing the MicroMasters

Is there a timeline for completing all courses in the MicroMasters program?

  • Yes, all courses in the MicroMasters program need to be completed within 2 years of the start date of the first course.

Can the GRE be waived for students who successfully complete the MicroMasters?

  • The GRE will not be waived. Students should submit a current GRE with their MS application.

Does completion of the MicroMasters credential guarantee admission to Columbia University?

After receiving a MicroMasters certificate, what are the steps to apply to Columbia University?

  • You need to apply and be admitted to the program at Columbia University. 
  • Earning the ColumbiaX MicroMasters Credential from edX does not guarantee admission. It does allow the review committee to look at a more expanded track record for each applicant.  
  • During the application process you will need to submit some additional supporting materials, including transcripts, a resume, letters of recommendation and personal/professional statement, among others. Your application will be reviewed in its entirety.
  • Those applicants who have successfully completed the ColumbiaX MicroMasters Credential and are admitted to Columbia University MS programs, will receive 7.5 transfer credits. ColumbiaX MicroMasters Credential will not count towards the GPA.

Can I apply the MicroMasters credits to a Certification?

  • No, the credits are only applicable to a Masters Degree

Can I transfer the MicroMasters credits as an existing Columbia University student?

  • No, the credits are only applicable to prospective students applying for a Masters Degree

Can I apply to a Columbia University Masters program before completing the MicroMasters program?

  • No, all courses in a MicroMasters program need to be successfully completed and a Verified Certificate earned before applying to a Masters program at Columbia University.