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MS Bridge Info Session - November - Shared screen with speaker view
Gonzalo
22:03
Hi everyone!
Yami Payano
27:59
can we ask questions along the way?
Randolph Rivo
29:11
Hi Yami, we'll be answering questions at the end of the presentation, just in case we might answer it in any of the other slides
Yami Payano
29:39
perfect!
Cinto
36:39
are you offering F1 visa
Giulio Duregon
42:04
Thank you for hosting this event! I have several questions: Firstly, I am trying to determine which program would best meet my needs, the Bridge to MS CS, the MS CS (no bridge), or the MS in Data Science. Is there any email I could reach out to with my inquiry? Secondly, when are admissions decisions released? Is applying before the admission priority deadline a benefit?
Syeda Rizvi
43:00
Can we expect any decisions before the priority deadline?
Charles Horner
43:54
Hi, thanks so much for hosting this session. Curious, does anyone do the Bridge and Masters while working a full time job?
Sarah Santos
44:05
Hello! How many academic letters of recommendations are required? The application instructions say two, however my work experience is better aligned to CS than my undergraduate coursework
Elmar Mammadov
44:59
Thanks for the session! Are domestic applicants eligible for federal loans for the Bridge program?
Nino Rekhviashvili
45:16
+1 above
Joon Kim
45:30
If Bridge students typically take about 2 courses per semester, and the tuition rate seems to currently be $2,104 per credit, how many credits account for each course?
Htat S.
45:36
Hello! Is it possible to follow 2 tracks or combine 2 tracks into 1 since you said that doesn't apply to the personalized track?
Gonzalo
45:40
Hi! Thanks a lot for the opportunity . Just a couple of questions:- Is there a maximum age to apply?- Can I apply if I already have another master?- Being an international student, would I be allowed to finish the bridge online?
Sasha Qaz
45:56
people who have a cs degree with poor gpa, can they also apply?
Jacob Epstein
46:36
Also have a tuition question — are bridge courses charged under the graduate rate? How many “credits” are charged for the bridge portion of the program?
Muhan Liang
46:37
@Joon Kim normally each full-semester course is 3-4 credits
Yami Payano
46:41
if I need to be full time because I have funding, can I start taking a full time course load during the bridge portion of the program??
Ezra Teferra
46:51
Questions about tuition - is the cost of the bridge program dependent on how many courses we need to take? And is there any financial aid (or scholarships) available for this program?
Syeda Rizvi
47:01
is the bridge online?
Yami Payano
47:51
For the students : did you do any prior studying before starting the program?
Muhan Liang
48:56
@Gonzalo I also have another masters degree! I don’t think having another masters degree would make you unqualified
Muhan Liang
49:47
@Yami Payano I took some online foundation courses in other languages to better prepare myself since I did not have a STEM undergraduate degree
Manmo
50:07
Hello! I will be applying for MS Bridge as an international student. As you just told Columbia does not sponsor an f1 visa for the bridge year, so can I complete the bridge year with a tourist visa, or do I have to complete it online from my home country.
63WallStreet
50:38
What is the sequence of classes for non- technical background students?
J.W.
51:20
When can we expect decisions after deadline?
Jacob Epstein
51:50
Do you know the average age of bridge students?
Joon Kim
52:09
I understand that there is a priority deadline with decisions coming out thereafter, but if students have competing offers would CS @ CU consider accelerating individual decisions?
Peter Gharibian
52:35
Hi Professor Dear, I contacted you a few months ago with questions through email. I am in Los Angeles. I work full-time. Are the bridge courses offered in the evenings or can they be completed after work hours?
Vikram
52:40
semester = 6 months, so is the MS bridge program 1 year and the MS program full time is 2 years?
Sasha Qaz
52:44
if undergrad in cs with poor gpa and masters in another major, can they apply?
Manmo
54:52
Hello! Can international students complete the bridge semester with a b1/b2 visa (tourist visa)?
andrewcohn
55:14
Hi! I am currently working as a software developer but I do not have an undergrad degree in CS. Am I still eligible to apply?
Sarah Santos
56:29
Thanks so much for all your input! How many students are in a cohort?
Abdulelah Al Mesfer
58:00
The admissions stat that were shown earlier were for the bridge program or the entire MSCS program cohort?
Muhan Liang
58:01
@Sarah Santos we are the first cohort and I think we have around 25 students. Please correct me if I’m wrong! @Rivo @Professor Dear
Manmo
58:06
Hello! Can international students complete the bridge semester with a b1/b2 visa (tourist visa)?
Sarah Santos
58:18
@Muhan thank you :)
Muhan Liang
58:58
@Sarah Santos no problem!
Nino Rekhviashvili
59:49
Are bridge courses offered in summer, fall, and spring?
Tony Dear
59:59
@63WallStreet you can see our recommended course sequences on the slides (they're similar regardless of your incoming background)
Benjamin Feuer
01:00:06
@Muhan Liang -- Are grades determined by labs, exams, a mix of both? Is grading all automated? Can bridge students apply to work on faculty research?
Lawrence Lai lcl2152
01:00:07
@63WallStreet - All bridge students follow the same sequence unless you have a course or two that’s waived :)
Tony Dear
01:00:16
@J.W. and @Joon decisions will probably be available early to mid April
Muhan Liang
01:00:41
@Manmo I don’t think you can complete the bridge part under the tourist visa. However if you’re sponsored by another school, you can do the bridge program in the meantime!
Benjamin Feuer
01:00:42
@Lawrence Lai -- So no one adds bridge courses (like Calculus 3) they feel they might need?
Eugene
01:00:51
The Non-degree program at Columbia's School of Professional Studies does offer F-1 sponsorship. Does the bridge program operate differently?
Tony Dear
01:01:07
@Peter bridge courses are typically offered during the day; some may occasionally be offered in the evenings but there are no guarantees
Tony Dear
01:01:54
@Vikram if you do the bridge full-time you can complete it in two semesters
Lawrence Lai lcl2152
01:02:14
@Vikram - it really depends on how many courses you are taking for each semester. For me, I took 1 in Summer A, 2 in Summer B and wrapping the rest of the bridge up this semester. I’m planning on starting my MS in the spring.
Muhan Liang
01:03:13
@Benjamin Feuer It’s a mix of both! Not all grading are automated and research resources are shared with bridge students
Vikram
01:03:20
Thank you @Tony Dear and @Lawrence Lai :)
Benjamin Feuer
01:03:46
@Muhan, thank you!
63WallStreet
01:03:54
Thank you @Tony Dear, do we get a copy of those slides?
Muhan Liang
01:04:00
@Benjamin Feuer I’m actually taking Calc III at the moment because I want to do machine learning
Peter Gharibian
01:04:05
Thank you @ Professor Dear.
Tony Dear
01:04:27
@Eugene, yes this program is different from the SPS one
Benjamin Feuer
01:04:29
@Muhan Liang, yes, that was my plan also. Glad to hear it!
Tony Dear
01:04:52
@63WallStreet, Rivo may share the slides, but at the very least you can access this recording after today
Nino Rekhviashvili
01:04:53
summer
Nino Rekhviashvili
01:05:01
Oops - typo
Vikram
01:05:03
Is all programming in C++ and Java?
Benjamin Feuer
01:05:18
@Muhan Liang @Lawrence Lai -- have you been able to meet with other students and socialize at all?
Lawrence Lai lcl2152
01:05:27
@Benjamin Feuer - it’s recommended to take calc 3 if you are thinking of going into ML. :) Professor Dear + Rivo are very helpful in guiding me thru what courses I should be taking in the bridge in preparation for my intended MS track
Htat S.
01:06:49
Do any students tend to do internships during the MS program itself?
Muhan Liang
01:07:13
@Benjamin Feuer We have a Slack channel and a couple Messenger chats to connect/for review sessions
Ivy Elkins
01:07:32
@Htat - yes we have a number of students that are interviewing for internships for this upcoming summer! Not necessary but we will work with you to identify those opportunities if you are interested.
Lawrence Lai lcl2152
01:07:34
@Benjamin Feuer - not as much as we wanted to in person unfortunately - mostly virtually now
Eugene
01:07:59
What were acceptance rates for previous years?
Htat S.
01:08:01
@Ivy Elkins awesome, thank you!
Benjamin Feuer
01:08:10
@Eugene, there's only one year so far ...
Meghan Shah
01:08:27
@Benjamin Feuer it hasn’t been terrifically easy to socialize just because of Covid, but we all definitely know each other/have connected and love having a smaller group to make study groups from and such. And I definitely think that when we all get to be back on campus we’ll definitely reach out and meet in person!
Abdulelah Al Mesfer
01:08:32
Alright thank you so much for hosting this event. I appreciate your time and effort
Jacob Epstein
01:09:19
Are we eligible for Columbia housing during the duration of the Bridge and Masters?
Benjamin Feuer
01:09:19
Thank you @Meghan, @Muhan, @Lawrence! I hope you all get to have vaccines and a party! :P
Joon Kim
01:09:31
Thank you all!
Vikram
01:09:34
Thank you Columbia University CS team and MS Bridge students for this info session. This really helped me.
Sarah Santos
01:10:26
Thank you all so much. This was a very helpful session!
Sydney
01:10:44
@ Students how did you fund the Bridge program and housing?
Benjamin Feuer
01:13:15
Thanks again!
Htat S.
01:13:18
Thank you so much everyone!
Jacob Epstein
01:13:20
Thank you all!
J.W.
01:13:23
Thanks!
Nino Rekhviashvili
01:13:26
Thank you!
Darika Shaibekova
01:13:32
Thank you!
Peter Gharibian
01:13:34
Thanks so much for the bridge team. This was very helpful for me.
Eric Crawford
01:13:39
Thank you!