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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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 29,372 (8,124 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,956
Source: NCES

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2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2013

The M.S. program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is a solid building block for budding journalists. Fundamental training with equipment and analytic skills help ensure a reporter's success. The strength of the program is the ticket into a relatively closed off world. Career opportunities are provided exclusively to Columbia J-School graduates and perhaps more a testament to the students than to the teachers, most graduates do end up in high-level positions in the industry. Subsequently, the network established as a student can help in future job pursuits. The J-School student body has historically had a strong presence of international students and people coming from diverse backgrounds. It does good to learn from one another. Throughout the course of the year, professors will invite rather successful members of the industry as guest speakers. This is a great opportunity to learn tricks of the trade, but also to exchange contact information should one choose. The program is great for beginners, but if you already have experience working as a journalist, consider the M.A. program, which is accelerated and focuses on specializing in a beat rather than as a general assignment reporter. Since classes are Pass/Fail, the student chooses how much or how little work to put into his/her own education. Even if you are not learning very much because you already know it, the program will still keep you busy. Researching, reporting and producing stories are time consuming depending on the medium - broadcast students work under further time limitations. The 10-month Master's program comes with a hefty price tag and so think carefully whether this is the right program for you. Best of Luck!
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

It's a unique program -- one of the only in the country! The professors are great and have had a lot of experience in the field. Classes are small and everyone is friendly.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Intense workload, good experience, diverse community.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros include strong alumni network, access to industry professionals, relevant and useful coursework taught by industry professionals, and hands-on career management center.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Variety of classes on variety of subjects that all focus on sustainability management. Many classes meet at night, so part time options are available. Cons: Program is new, so it is still developing its niche
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

Joining the physical therapy department at columbia university has been an incredibly challenging, encouraging, and developing experience. The program's goal is to produce highly adroit and rigorously tested practitioners who will both continue the programs prestigious reputation and enter an evolving career best equipped to help people. Access to faculty, and educational opportunities begins on the first day and continues well into the students career. Living in New York City is an experience all its own, although a city this size does also have its limitations. I miss my yard and privacy, but have traded them for limitless social endeavors and a neighborhood brimming with diversity. I am vary happy to embrace the challenges of this program to prepare me for my career.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The coursework in SIPA's current programs can be very rigorous, but the professors, students and future job prospects make it all worthwhile. A degree from SIPA is a solid investment in your future career.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2012

Pros: Lots of faculty support, you can virtually go into any related field afterward and feel like you have a system to lean back on. Cons: Cost of program, the Washington Heights neighborhood isn't the greatest.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2014

Innovative, restructured program that encourages students to focus on developing interdisciplinary competencies to apply in the real world as public health professionals.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

You get the highest quality education at Columbia GSAS. You're surrounded by amazing students, and many of them are politically and socially engaged. The Morning Side Campus feels very historical, and feels like it is outside the city. Although most professors and instructors that I''ve had are excellent, they are less accessible than my undergraduate professors at the small liberal arts school I attended. You really must put yourself out there in order to be notice and heard.
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