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
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4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2018

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs is an amazing school. You have access to distinguished professors, top-notch professional networking, and a global student population. I couldn' t be happier with my choice to attend this school! The only drawback is that it is quite expensive and does not offer much financial assistant (fellowships for grad students are few) even when compared to other Ivy League public policy schools, so that's definitely something to consider when deciding on grad programs. Other than that, I love it!
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

I thought that it provided a great education. However, I wish that I didn't have to take out so many student loans. My advice would be to apply for more scholarships.
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Very diverse. You will have a lot of fun provided you have discipline.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

Likes about Columbia's Social Work program: - access to resources within the whole of Columbia. For me this has been mostly in the form of professors and networking opportunities that have led to internships or potential jobs/research opportunities. You can cross-register with different schools and people tend to be pretty open to hearing you out because you are part of the Columbia community - the brand - this kind of goes with the first point. For better or worse, dropping the Columbia affiliation can elicit more positive responses in certain communities (mostly in highly visible institutions, non-profit or otherwise) - the students - this has been a mixed bag for me, but the students I've developed relationships with have helped challenge my world view and shaped how I can incorporate elements of social justice and allyship in my work, even though my interests are more international than domestic. Dislikes: - the administration - the advertised experience is not necessarily what you get in the classroom and it could be managed much better. Part of the challenge is that the School of Social Work gets the least amount of resources from the University and part of it is that some administrators are driven more by the bottom line than the student experience. There are efforts to hold the administration more accountable, but it's definitely a challenge - There is a heavy dependency on adjunct professors, including for core classes. When the adjunct professor is good, this can be great, because you sometimes get a more innovative class experience, but sometimes you get professors who don't have the time to dedicate to a core competency class. This means there's a lot of variation across student experiences as well, which then can get tricky when navigating difficult conversations around race, inequity, and our general role as social workers. - the size and experience of the student population - my cohort was 400 students, about 80% came straight from undergrad and were also predominantly white females. For the most part they are all wonderful people, but a lot of the administrative issues could be addressed by making the class size smaller and, while there is more diversity in the classroom than some of the other schools I was looking at, the lack of experience and the level of privilege skews the conversation. That being said I am a white female, but I came in with 5 years of work experience and seeking a diverse environment where I could learn from my classmates. The program tends to cater to the 22 year-old recent graduate, so I had to be more proactive about creating the experience I wanted. Basically, the experience is what you make of it. It depends on what you're looking for. For the Mailman School of Public Health, in addition to some of the more general things like resources and brand: Likes: Faculty: The Population and Family Health department is full of incredible, supportive faculty and interesting programs for anyone interested in Force Migration, Humanitarian work, and public health in complex emergencies. The Core: it's really intense and has its downsides, but it's really nice to get all of the foundational requirements out of the way in the first semester. Students: I encountered a wider variation of experience, backgrounds, and interests in the Core at Mailman along with a greater number of students with similar interests. This made classes much more enriching and created a greater sense of community and belonging compared to a more professional degree program like the one at the School of Social Work Career and Student services: Mailman makes a good effort to invest in their students and help them succeed. They're career services are especially helpful for resume and job search advice. Dislikes: The Core: I think the Core is an overall strength, but there's also a lot of volume in terms of assignments and homework that tends to emphasize more of a rote learning or 'teach to the test' type of practice. It is quite the pedagogical endeavor, so the faculty are open to and make an effort to incorporate feedback to ensure high quality learning, but it's not the perfect formula just yet.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Conflict Resolution
Graduation Year: 2017

Columbia University provides a diverse campus where the students and Faculty are held in high regard. The University is located in the middle of New York City along the west side, presenting various eateries, cultures, etc., there is always events to attend or participate in all year around. So come along and see what Columbia University has to offer, you won't be disappointed.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2017

I joined the Executive MPA program and it completely changed my life. I was able to gain real life experience from high level teachers who work in different areas of government, private sector, and non-profit industry. This program has completely equipped me with the knowledge to be a great leader in my field.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Great college! Offers world renowned programs and faculty. The location is great because you are in New York City and have access to this great city and all it has to offer. Many opportunities to do internships and work in the city as well. A lot of the faculty are industry professionals and have relations with various organizations around the city like the UN. Highly recommended!
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Public Relations)
Graduation Year: 2018

I've just started the Executive Strategic Communications Masters program at Columbia University in mid-August and it has already been exponentially beneficial in my career. The staff and professors are extremely knowledgeable, go above and beyond to help and make you feel like part of the community and the University is literally bursting with opportunities for students to become involved groups, organizations, events and more. The specific program I am in is fairly new but quite promising. I must admit it is tough but I absolutely love learning and wholeheartedly feel this is going to be one of the best challenges of my life because of what the University offers its students.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2018

Columbia is an ivy league institution with great teaching staff. Located in the heart of Manhattan, it has tremendous diversity. The classes are challenging but with the right amount of perseverance the program is definitely manageable. Classes are held mostly during the evening to accommodate working adults.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019

Columbia's Executive MBA program is top ranked and one of the best in the world! Living, working, and studying in New York city is a great opportunity that only Columbia can offer at a higher level. I appreciate the once in a lifetime opportunity to enrich my mind and network, working intimately with and learning from highly talented peers on weekends. This is a unique advantage of the cluster system, which combined with the diverse backgrounds of the class, will produce enormous dividends at work and for my professional development.
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