Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(3.82 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 29 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 26,957 (7,970 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 19% part-time, 81% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $41,594
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

I greatly enjoyed the Human Rights MA program at Columbia. It was through a smaller department, known as the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. The degree is more theoretical than practitioner based, and encourages students to take a breadth of courses from across campus, including at the School of Public Health, the law school, and the International Relations school!
4.43 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Quite simply, Columbia University's journalism program is the best in the world. Classes take place in the Pulitzer building, and anytime you need some inspiration, just take a ride on the elevator to the 8th floor to the office where they choose Pulitzer Prize winners every year. The alumni network penetrates every journalistic institution of renown, the campus is beautiful, and you get to live in the heart of New York City. There are few more transformative experiences than an education at Columbia University.
2.86 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2917

Yes, it's Columbia. Comes with the name and you will PAY for that. Faculty are largely more interested in research than teaching or supporting their students properly. You'll be hard-pressed to find a class with fewer than 10 students. The bureaucracy is crazy and takes a lot of fight to get through, but it does help sharpen your self-advocacy skills. Networking opportunities are great with the peers you'll meet.
3.14 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Great education, but extremely expensive with few options for funding.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

This is an outstanding program with easy access to career resources and distinguished professor whom actually want to help you succeed in class and right after graduation. I am so thankful to be at the School of International and Public Affairs as I pursue a Master of International Affairs. The only downside? Absolutely zilch in scholarship for your first year. It has been financially tough and I am working part time to survive in NYC.
4.07 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University is an intense one-year program. It combines a mix of science, policy, economics, and ethics courses. The program is fulfilling to those that are looking for a fast-paced program. However, if you are looking for a program that will help guide you in your career direction, this may not be the best fit for you. That is not to say that the career services and faculty are unwilling to assist you in which ever path you may decide. I find the career services and vast alumni network to be extremely helpful. I have really enjoyed this program thus far, and highly recommend it.
3.57 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros - SIPA has an amazing network of peers and alumni from all over the world. Faculty is really well connected as well. If you are able to successfully maneuver your network, you will be very successful from this program. Cons - SIPA is expensive as is the cost of living in NYC, therefore, you will notice that a lot of your peers are from wealthy backgrounds themselves. Be prepared to take on loads of student debt if you decide to pursue this degree.
4.29 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Scholarships and grants on behalf of Columbia University are unbelievably meager. They award plenty of loans, but fail to disperse grant money to competitive candidates. The prestige and rigorous coursework makes the program a stellar and highly coveted one.
4.07 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

Being in New York City has obvious benefits for students of international affairs. The faculty and general quality of instruction is also fantastic, as is the diversity of the student body. Career support could be improved - the career services office is helpful, but not always in touch with students' goals and aspirations on the ground. Finally, it would be helpful if the administration made it easier to cross-register for classes at other Columbia schools, since they do use this as a selling point to prospective students.
3.82 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

Great place to call your academic home. The only stressful thing is having to balance the scholastic rigor with the expense of living in New York City.
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