Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(3.85 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 584 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: 28,086 (8,102 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $44,176
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.83 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

The best part of my program, the M.S. Journalism program at Columbia University, is pushing you into the field to practice, learn, gain experience, and improve yourself to be a better journalist. The program does not only stay in the textbook, or case studies, or lectures, but instead it forced you to do your reporting in the New York City, like a mother eagle that pushes her babies off a tree and forces them to fly. Every class is like a newsroom -- you have the great, experienced, and probably Pulitzer-winner professors as your editors/producers, and more importantly, your instructors and mentors. When you get confused or you want to seek help from them, they are always there providing professional suggestions, guiding you to the better path.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

The administration leaves some things to be desired and disorganization is not uncommon so you need to really take initiative and pester people especially for things like financial aid. The gender balance is heavily skewed but the diversity of race, socioeconomic, ethnicity, etc. is pretty good. The campus isn't really a campus, it's just a few buildings and New York Presbyterian.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017

It is a very expensive program and sometimes help with regards to financial aid is limited. There are too many students in a year. The teachers here are passionate about what they teach and I get to develop myself.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

It is a very diverse master's, and also very demanding as well. However I have not found enough student financial aid.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

The Master of Arts program at Columbia Journalism school is fantastic. I have never encountered such diversity of intelligent, talented people as my teachers and classmates. The program is unique and the professors are excellent.
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