Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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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
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4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

There's probably no better program in the field in terms of instructor quality, prestige, alumni network, and local and international resources. Most faculty are highly accessible and supportive, with a few unfortunate outliers. (I speak as a PhD student, not an MA. MA students get less access and less respect. I think this is true at most every really ambitious research program, but I know it's true here.) The students are friendly and engaged and have a lot of fun together, but the workload is intense and the cost of living on a meager student stipend will get you down. Not at first, but as the years pile up.... This is a long program and believe me, you won't finish with the endurance and good spirits you started with. Unless, of course, you have some independent source of wealth, like a lover or parents. Then you'll focus on nothing but studies and find this all very rewarding. All of this is a way of saying.... If you insist on getting a PhD in this field, this is the place to do it. But unless you don't have to worry about paying your bills, now or ever, don't do it. It's not just about how broke you'll be for the 5-10 years you'll spend completing the degree. It's about the deficit of jobs in academia, and the fact that this degree qualifies you for nothing else. Educate yourself about the career, not just the degree, before you sign up. Read the Chronicle of Higher Ed and every other source you can find on the academic job market, especially adjuncting. Take seriously the way your entire life is put on hold while you struggle to get this degree, and then to get a stable job in a field where no one is hiring. Take seriously the possibility that your priorities might change, 10 years into this process, and you won't have set yourself up with many options for changing the way you're living. And above all, DO NOT go into debt to get this degree. Do not. It's not an investment; it's just debt. If the institution doesn't respect you enough to pay your way, you don't need to be there. An advanced degree in the humanities is a luxury good. (I.e., if you can't afford it, you shouldn't have it.) Idealism doesn't put food on your table. If you're hungry for knowledge and can't afford the degree, get a job and a library card and work both as hard as you can. You'll be way better off in the long run.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2015

Great access to cutting edge discourses of the discipline. Competitive studio atmosphere. High cost of living and tutition.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia is in New York City, so that answers social life, affordability of living, campus safety, etc. So it comes down to the anthropology program, which has some of the best minds in the country. They are accessible, they will push you, and they will work to be on the cutting edge. At times the stress of being in an Ivy League will interfere, on both your part and theirs. But overall, if you want to come out feeling like you are an expert ready to compete, this is your place.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Social Work School in Columbia University is the oldest social work school in U.S. Overall, The school and the program have very high quality, but meantime it brings a lot of pressure because it's very competitive. Field Placement is an important part in the program curriculum. It is required to do field education for 3 days a week, and spend 2 days per week at school for academic classes.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

I am a current graduate MFA Creative Film Producing student at Columbia University, which continues to be truly the best experience I have ever had in my life. The value that this education offers is incredible, for of course it is ivy league, but it goes beyond that. The quality of the curriculum and professors is exactly what I was looking for in a graduate school, the incredible Columbia name to support me through my career search, as well as the fellow students in my program make my school the perfect place for me. I'd say the cons of my graduate Creative Producing film program is that it is a newer program. The Screenwriting/Directing film program at Columbia is much more established (Katheryn Bigelow, director of "Zero Dark Thirty" & Academy Award Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" is an alum). Since my Producing program is a lot newer, there are still issues that need to be smoothed out, such as kinds of classes that are offered. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend Columbia University for a graduate degree in Creative Film Producing, Screenwriting or Directing!
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

I love columbia university. It is a special place.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

What I love most about the Social Work graduate program at Columbia University is that it gives me options of varied combinations that I am interested in: policy practice and law in a social work setting. The professors are informative and interesting. The students are diverse, friendly and helpful. However, Columbia lacks financial aid for international students which is a weak point. This is what is affecting me as being able to afford Columbia and live in New York City is proving difficult.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Great location, diverse students, lots of work.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Broad course offerings within the analytic and continental philosophical traditions, and relatively friendly non-competitive atmosphere. Cons: Not enough career support.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2014

The most rewarding aspect of my program so far has been my interactions with my professors. Every professor has been engaged and accessible to the graduate students and more than eager to spend time discussing various public health problems as well as personal inquiries regarding the program and field of study. Not only have my professors been amazing, but my fellow classmates have been supportive as well. My professors and fellow students, combined with the countless opportunities afforded to the students for research and professional development all make the Columbia program such a wonderful one. An aspect of the program, of which Columbia is improving on, is the new Core. My class was the first class after Columbia rolled out their new Core courses and, like all new programs, improvements can be made.
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