Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 576 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

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.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

I found that the concentration within the Journalism program are a little too specific. There should be more variability in the curriculum. Other than that, great network and great teachers. Best name out there for a reason.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

There's no getting around it, New York City is expensive. However, the close-knit, supportive community the program fosters made it a wonderful and enriching academic experience. The faculty are just as passionate about the subject matter as they are teaching, continually going above and beyond to help the student's find success. The quality of the courses and workload varies significantly from professor to professor, however the program actively seeks out feedback from the student's and makes appropriate changes accordingly. Communications from the program can be un-timely and disjointed at times, but that is nothing that a simple email cannot handle. Overall, I am more than satisfied with the academic preparation I have received and the community I have become a welcomed part of.
3.0 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.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

Columbia's name precedes it so I can't say anything negative about the value. Generally, classes are interesting and challenging and they have a huge faculty base. The administration could be a little bit more organized though. They keep accepting more students than they can actually handle. It just seems like they are greedy. They then try to blame the students when there are required seminars and people have to sit in the aisles. The student body is fairly diverse although there are much more women than men in the program. The area does not have a lot going on so if you want to have fun, generally hop on the express train downtown. Housing in NYC is expensive but Washington Heights is cheaper than a lot of places.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2019

Highly competitive and excellent program. Cost of living in Morningside is very high.
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