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

3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of the graduate programme are the networking opportunities presented to each student, as the professors are all experienced journalists and some still active in the field. There are also many great speakers who come in and several lectures a week. The cons would be how expensive it is to live around the surrounding area. There also needs to be a better study area for the journalism department.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is very plugged into the historic preservation community of NYC and the city truly serves an extension of your classroom experience.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

My program is very innovative and seeks to bridge the existing gap between Journalism and Computer Science. Columbia faculty is very good and the education is very high quality. There are additional lectures going every week to keep students up-to-date with what the profession currently demands and what to expect when we head for the industry. The main con of the program is that it is very expensive ($86,000/year) and lasts for two years. Also, because it is quite new the guidance in terms of career services is limited.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia's journalism school is incredibly rigorous. The program is among the most well-respected in the field, and the alumni network is incredible. Instructors are some of the best journalists in the world and the career services office is useful and efficient. Plus, you're in New York City! The center of the world. The only downside? Everything is very expensive: tuition, cost of living, etc. But to me, it's worth it.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros are that the program is highly diversified, in that we have students from all over the world, and each of us brings our knowledge to the table. Another pro is the high level of involvement and concern of the professors and the staff here-they are superb. I guess the con would be the intense amount of work-compressed into 9 months; it feels like the program would be so much better if it was at least 2 years long, because we do so much in only 9 months
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The short timeframe of the masters program in journalism (ten months) lends itself to a very rigorous and intensive curriculum. Columbia University has top-notch faculty whose mentorship and support are invaluable, an ever-expanding network full of successful journalists and a location in the media mecca of the U.S., making it an ideal place for an aspiring journalist to get his or her career started. Two months into the program, I already feel like I've grown both personally and professionally. I've learned about effective writing, business trends of the media industry and the basics of audio and photo editing. The journalism program really stresses producing not only quality reporters, but also media leaders who will move the industry forward. While the program has its strengths, it also has its weaknesses, especially as it pertains to communication, or lack thereof, between administration and students. It hasn't facilitated ways for students to get to know each other beyond meeting in class. I also think it can replace the multitude of speaking events it holds with more hands-on workshops for students who want to gain technical skills in a variety of mediums.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Very comprehensive and rigorous journalism program with a tight focus on preparing students for professional work.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The benefits of going to the Columbia Journalism School is the prestige attached to the name as well as the access to mentors and jobs in such a large media center. It is also highly ranked among graduate journalism programs. All this praise leaves too much room for sloppiness. The effort is possible, but is consistently lacking. However, the access to some of the most experienced, renown journalists is so frequently available. The opportunity to network is always present. I guess it is just like all other opportunities in life: it is what you make of it.
1.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros of the program are the network. Cons are lack of classes available, too pricey for curriculum offered.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia J-School is an excellent school, with amazing teachers and instructors. The Career Center prepares you very well, and the Alumni connection network you get is incredibly strong. Downside: Manhattan is ridiculously expensive, and Columbia is extremely demanding, especially J-School.
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