Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 571 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 29,372 (8,124 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,956
Source: NCES

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3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

Great classes, amazing faculty, wonderful network. Just don't expect to have a social life.
3.92 out of 5.0
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.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

Great education and network. CBS is vastly undermarketed and underrated. Poor financial aid.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Great courses and teaching quality, top students, a lot of alumni and guest speaker sessions
2.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

Good school and network. Poor financial aid especially for being in NYC.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

Very expensive, but is well worth it due to the near-guarantee of an amazing legal career.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

The fundraising program is very rigorous, but it's a fast-growing major. The program is small, so professors get to know students well, and are always happy to connect them to other fundraising professionals. The class sizes are limited to 15 students, so there's a lot of discussion-based classes in which you'll learn a lot. Classes are scheduled at convenient times, and the campus is easily accessible from almost anywhere in NYC. I love the school, and its culture. Would highly recommend the program!
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Non-Profit Management
Graduation Year: 2017

My program is very small which can be both good and bad. My incoming class has only 37 people which is apparently the largest class they have ever had. I am one of only two males out the class. Interestingly enough, it is hard to fit in but easy to get along. Everyone has a different background and aspirations. Having such a small group lends itself to easy networking and ultimately a strong core group that become connections for life. The professors are amazing as they will give you as much face time with them as required. Grading is less subjective than most other programs in the school but the workload is almost overwhelming which is to be expected coming from a private Ivy League institution. Being in NYC is a plus as there is always something to do. The school is quite expensive. Currently as of November, 2015, the price per credit for my program is $1570. Each class has 3 credits, and to graduate the program you need 36 credits. Total cost is $67k which includes Health and student fees. My program: MS in Fundraising Management. This has been the best decision of my life.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

Graduate school is a great opportunity to move forward with your education. Columbia School of Social Work has opened many doors for me within the short period of time I have been here to expand my horizons. I truly appreciate the staff and their positive energy and the eagerness to teach as well as learn. This has been a great experience and an opportunity thus far.
1.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Large and diverse job network; training is evolving to meet the realities of 21st century reporting; some cutting edge initiatives (eg Tow Center) Cons: expensive; some faculty and staff are unresponsive to student needs
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