Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.84 out of 5.0)
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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: 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
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4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2007

Speak with the professors you most admire for career advice. And do not get a liberal arts degree unless you're planning on going to grad school
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2012

It was an amazing experience in New York City and I was able to foster meaningful connections within my field.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2007

The Faculty is competitive but humane and flexible. My fellow classmates well prepared. The institution is supportive with grants, scholarships and job opportunities.
2.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012

There were a lot of valuable resources and highly qualified professors. Some classes are taught by TA's which is annoying because you pay so much money for you education and want the highest qualified professionals. I have a lot of debt from my program at Columbia.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2018

The Sustainability Management program at Columbia University is very flexible, making it perfect for young professionals interested in adding a sustainability dimension to their careers, as well as for students that have just graduated from college hoping to gain more hands on, practical tools before beginning their careers. There is a wide array of classes to choose from, allowing students to specialize in the area of their choice (i.e. Energy, Water, Corporate sustainability, sustainability economics/finance, and more). Students can also set their own pace, from spreading the program across 3 years to finishing it in 3 semesters.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

Mailman is a great place to get your MPH. The faculty members are great! They are usually willing to help student find research or work opportunities. I have received a lot of help with career development. In addition, in class I have learned valuable skills which I can apply in a real-world setting.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

My Master of Health Administration is a very focused degree allowing me to learn leadership and management skills in a healthcare setting. I have very little business or management background to speak of but through my courses, I am learning a great deal about health accounting, budgeting and economics as well as how to lead, skills that will be great assets as I progress through my career in healthcare. My professors, particularly Dr. Engel and Dr. Gross, are exceptional teachers and very down to earth, approachable people who genuinely want to impart knowledge and are very good at doing so. I am excited about how much I have learned and how much more I will learn and feel confident that I will be prepared for a career in management in healthcare thanks largely to this program. One drawback, however, is that the administration could be improved in the way it handles student affairs. I am an international student and had to reach out to multiple departments to get singular issues addressed because it appears that the various departments do not communicate with each other or update their systems in a timely manner (specifically to update my visa status and to waive fees that did not apply to me). I have heard similar complaints from domestic students regarding financial and academic issues as well. To sum up, I feel that the program is imparting very applicable and useful skills to me that will be invaluable in my life and career trajectory but that the administration of the school leaves a lot to be desired. In short, I would highly recommend the program but advise potential students to be expectant of the administration's shortcomings.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2018

Currently enrolled as a student as part of Columbia University's School of Journalism graduate program. With a diverse student body, diverse professors, and a long history of excellence, the program is both shaping and affirming. I highly recommend looking into the value of this program and all that it has to offer a promising student looking for an education that provides depth and access to some of the top institutions and employers in the world.
3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

I greatly enjoyed the Human Rights MA program at Columbia. It was through a smaller department, known as the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. The degree is more theoretical than practitioner based, and encourages students to take a breadth of courses from across campus, including at the School of Public Health, the law school, and the International Relations school!
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2018

This program is exactly what I predicted it would be and I am very happy that I was lucky enough to be a part of it. The classes are hard and you can get out as much as you put in. Unlike most classes, we learned real life material and learned to think like the veterans in the sports industry would during certain situations. This included learning about leadership and how to deal with crisis management. The program had excellent advisors who are willing to help you out as long as you have the correct mindset and are willing to put in the effort. The networking abilities are endless, there are at least three or four chances a month to learn from the top industry leaders. Overall, I believe I will be leaving this program with not only a degree from Columbia University but a chance to pursue the career I want.
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