Is the program full-time and on campus?
It can be done part or full time, and yes all classes are on campus (outside of covid)
I'm applying for a fellowship with a due date in November. We're encouraged to submit our school applications at the same time as the fellowship application. I'm taking courses now as a non-degree student and won't have the transcript until the end of the semester. Can I submit my application and send my transcripts once the classes have been completed?
Thank you Tony! What is the duration of a full time program?
Why not offer visa to international applicants? And how can international students who are interested in this program be able to study with a legal status here? Maybe with OPT? Thanks!
Kevin @ Philips
so are the classes online and in person? or just in person?
Would you classify a research mentor at university as an academic reference or professional reference?
Would someone that is currently working in tech (data analytics / data engineering), but has no academic experience in computer science and is deeply interested in learning the field of computer science, be considered a good fit for this program? This would be assuming they have interest in taking the full breadth of the Bridge curriculum.
Can not taking GRE hurt chances of admission?
@Arielle the deadline is March so you have plenty of time for transcripts
Does the Bridge program accept the post 9/11 GI bill?
Does the highlighted text on the GRE score page (about scores not being necessary) apply to the Bridge Program Summer start date?
@SA: Full time is 4 classes per semester, so you can finish the program in about 2.5 years if you do full time from start to finish
Are you expected to know which track you’re interested in during the Bridge Application?
When do application decisions come out?
Hi Team - Sorry I popped in late, I had two questions for you all: 1) What opportunities for research do bridge students get during/after their first-year? 2) Are bridge students able to collaborate with other students/professors across disciplines within Columbia, if they want to? I’m interested in graphics and design for context. Thank you.
What are some examples of the interdisciplinary tracks?
All classes are in person (again outside Covid)
How many students does the program plan to accept?
@Karen Research mentors would be more of an academic reference
A third question - How are students in the bridge program brought together aside from didactic lectures? Are there tutoring groups, study sessions, etc. I’m wondering what the learning environment would be like. Thanks!
Thank you! That’s very helpful.
@Sydney you may be able to note your intended MS track but you're not required
For students who have been accepted into the General Studies Program for the Spring 2021 for a second degree (CS), is it recommended we defer admission, or can we take classes like Calculus /W1004 and transfer those classes if we are admitted into the MS-Bridge for the summer? Thanks!
@julian: Applicants with a previous background in tech-ish like data science would be a good fit assuming they can take full use of the curriculum
Whats the usual acceptance rate of the program?
if you have taken the majority of the bridge program courses but still come from a non-cs background, is the bridge program the correct program to apply for?
@Sydney Nguyen I don’t think you are expected to know yet; however making some appointments with your advisor would be a great way to help you figure it out early and to plan ahead
@Nikhil: Most likely not--you'd be a better for the regular MS
How many students are there per cohort?
@JS: It's hard to say--if you've only taken 1 or 2 bridge courses at the time of admission, then you'd probably still be considered a good fit. But if you've taken 3 or 4, you may be considered overqualified.
Rivo mentioned that if you do not have a CS background, it would be beneficial to start taking courses in the summer. Would this mean applying for Fall 2021 start and then get a “head start” by starting taking courses during the summer?
I am transferring from another CS masters program - but have not taken all of the bridge courses yet (specifically discrete math); what is the process for getting the course requirements waived? is there a placement exam or is it more of a discussion with advisors?
@Brendan: You would choose to apply to the summer start date at the time of application
Is there a minimum GPA to be considered for the MS-Bridge? (completed an undergrad and MBA already) would these two GPAs be averaged together?
@Gabrielle: Course waivers would be discussed on an individual basis after admission
Did Jinhee have a connection to Columbia University prior to applying for the bridge Program?
I joined late so big apologies if this was addressed, do you have to be admitted into the CS program seperate to the Bridge program?
@Ruby: We don't have a min GPA req, but you can refer to the stats of the last cohort to get an idea
when do application decisions come out?
Does this program make room for people with a digital design background who have interests in design for immersive experiences (VR, Immersive Cinema) instead of a full-on cs career? I have an MFA design+technology degree and would like to learn more about the tech side of computer art so that I can be a more independent designer. Thanks!
I have a degree in liberal arts but I am a self taught software engineer and I work at Microsoft. I have 3 years of software engineering experience. Am I a good candidate for the bridge program?
@Tahsim: This is a separate app from the regular MS.@SA: Most likely around mid April.@Yutong @Aum: Yes, as long as you can make use of the CS Bridge curriculum.
Another question if I start a bridge program can I transfer to CVN for masters in CS so that I can take classes remotely
@Francesca, I did not have any connection to Columbia previously. Not sure if this answers your question fully, but please let me know if you need more detail from me
I have taken Calculus 1 and 2. Is multivariable calculus generally considered calculus 3? This question is related to the application questions regarding relevant coursework?
@Tony, what I meant to ask is if you get into the Bridge and complete, does that mean you get into MS to continue, or is it bridge solely?
@Karen I believe so! I am taking Calc III this semester
@Yahsim: I'm not sure I understand. You apply to either bridge, and if you get into the bridge, you transition automatically into the MS upon completion of the bridge curriculum
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@karen yes calc III and calc IV are considered multivariable (I was a math major in general studies undergrad)
@Jinhee. Thank you. It did answer my question. Did you take any CS classes or have any CS background in anyway prior to applying?
perfect thank you @tony
How can one get on the info mailing list
@Francesca, I took intro to CS back at my undergrad, but I also mentioned in my application that I took statistics/data analytics courses that could be helpful for artificial intelligence/machine learning
@Francesca, but I did not waive any courses because I took it a while ago so I wanted to rebuild my CS foundation with intro course at Columbia.
I took calculus 1 2, multi variable calculus, differential equations and linear algebra 15 years ago. would that count?
What type of students does the program look for tpyically?
@All, I believe some here are currently in financial services industry and try to transition to CS field; I was in the same position as you were, so please let me know if you have any questions about the transition from financial services to CS
matthew duran (md3420)
@SW Chia what is your undergrad background?
The program is typically self-funded and we can't guarantee any funding at this time. In the MS, there are TA-ship and other opportunities
Psych with Applied Stats minor
To current students: At what times did you usually have your bridge classes considering the bridge coursework is part-time
is the cost for the bridge courses and ms same?
I was a linguistics major in college but I took intro to programming, data structures, calculus and linear algebra during undergrad. Does this help or hurt my chances of admission to the bridge program? (I do not feel qualified enough to start MS program directly)
@Tony @Jinhee I'm currently working in a finance role, but I entered a coding bootcamp prior to starting this job and really loved it. I'm now looking to delve deeper into CS. Does the MS program cover any full stack or web development?
my undergrad degree is in mechanical eng but I've been working as a software eng for about 1.5 years -- am I a good candidate for this program or should I apply directly to the masters? ive taken intro cs and data structures in undergrad
could you provide any tips for how to convey the right message across in the personal statment
Are we able to enroll in additional CS-related courses during the bridge portion of the program as well? or do we need to be under the "full-time" credit limit?
is there a tuition deferment plan for employer sponsored program?
@Anna: You're definitely welcome to take additional courses during the bridge
do you have any self identification for LGBT+ applicants / other underrepresented minorities?
@Stephanie because I haven’t started MS yet, I can’t really answer. But so far, I have learned Java, Python (slightly), C, and Linux programming.
@Stephanie these links would have more information for you.
What is the gender diversity breakdown?
so you don’t talk about your work experiences?
@Nikhil you can talk about your work experiences in career essay as well
@Nikhil My work experiences was in marketing and communications; I think you should include your work experience if you think that’s relevant to your personal story
Can we have the best link to the MS bridge application. I have two different application links.
How long as the CS@CU program been running? Is it a relatively new program?
Do part-time students enjoy as the same campus service as full-time students? Such as dormitory application
@Karen Jinhee, Matt and I are in the first cohort!
matthew duran (md3420)
For current students, favorite course so far in the bridge program?
Why specifically Java and not another language, like Python?
Python is taught in a few other courses, including discrete math
matthew duran (md3420)
i also learned python in 1002 computing in context
matthew duran (md3420)
taught every fall by adam cannon
Linear algebra is also taught in Python
thank you, very insightful