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 578 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

4.42 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.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

My graduate program at Columbia University is currently training the future of public health, on a national and global level. This is a top notch program. Although it is one of the best public health programs in the country, the financial aspect is difficult.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2018

Good program but very expensive - including cost of living in NYC.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has really strong journalism that inspires me to keep progressing as a journalist. The program also gives me the chance to redefine myself as a journalist in terms of how I can tell truthful stories that are factual and engaging, stories that matter. The only cons of the program is that the tuition fees are too high. That's why I'm applying for the scholarship. Please help me. Many many thanks.
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