MS leading to PhD


This policy applies only to students who enter the PhD program without a Masters degree recognized by Columbia.  Every MS/PhD track student (registration status ETCOMS) must apply for MS graduation in order to receive the MS degree from Columbia University and be awarded advanced standing towards the PhD.

The faculty will approve the MS degree application following successful completion of six (6) breadth requirement courses or exams completed at Columbia (not including imports), including all four (4) core. The student must have also satisfactorily completed at least 30 graduate points as required by SEAS.

[Revised by full faculty vote, 11/6/13, to remove 4701 from the core.  Effective immediately except that the AI exam will be offered one last time in December 2013 and ETCOMS students planning to complete the MS degree this semester can still treat 4701 as "core".]

Last updated on November 8, 2013.