Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews of Master's in Occupational Therapy

  • 6 Reviews
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $54,627
0% of 6 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 6 students said they would recommend this program to others
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  • Reviewed: 2/24/2020
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Main takeaway: spending $50,000 per year on tuition at an ivy league school does equate to a good education and a positive experience. Being extremely unsatisfied with the program is a consensus among the class of 2019, 2020, and 2021. It's important to note that I'm only speaking about my experience in the OT program, and have no idea about the quality of other programs at Columbia. Starting with the professors: I've been very impressed by two professors. The professor of neuroscience and pediatrics are extremely knowledgeable and caring. They are challenging, but in a way that allows you to build a lot of knowledge. That being said, I've learned next to nothing in several other classes. In geriatrics, the PowerPoint slides are usually 50-100 slides long with almost no useful information. They often have spelling mistakes, conflicting statistics, and are filled with common-sense information, such as "older adults have many challenges with technology use". The test questions are purposefully confusing. She justifies this by saying it is to prepare us for the NBCOT exam questions. Unfortunately, they are often confusing in that they can be interpreted in more than one way, or simply don't make sense at all. The same is true with her feedback on assignments. Her comments show she hasn't fully read the paper and often don't make sense at all. They often are written like someone who is trying to learn English, yet she is a completely native speaker. My fieldwork experience has been even worse. The coordinator in charge of placing you at level II fieldwork is completely unconcerned with what you're looking for and doesn't even know our names. With limited choices, you have to create a "wishlist" with ten placements. For example, even if you're looking for an acute care placement, you have to add several other settings to your "wishlist" because there are limited options. From there, you're randomly assigned to a placement from that list. For most students, it isn't what they were hoping for. They tell you that you are not supposed to spend your own money to run groups, but for many placements, it is simply the only option. For one placement, I was told that I'd be reimbursed, which never happened. At another, I was told that there was no budget at all at to "be creative", with no supplies. At another, I was called "unprofessional" by my Columbia supervisor for spending my own money for a group, which I had been led to believe from past fieldwork was the norm. In the same sentence about professionalism, she spoke about how Bernie Sanders was going to ruin the country's healthcare. For many of my fieldwork placements, particularly mental health, the experience was about logging a certain amount of hours, and not at all about how we filled our time. There was often nothing productive for us to be doing and we learned very little."
Nicole Mandras
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"There's no getting around it, New York City is expensive. However, the close-knit, supportive community the program fosters made it a wonderful and enriching academic experience. The faculty are just as passionate about the subject matter as they are teaching, continually going above and beyond to help the student's find success. The quality of the courses and workload varies significantly from professor to professor, however the program actively seeks out feedback from the student's and makes appropriate changes accordingly. Communications from the program can be un-timely and disjointed at times, but that is nothing that a simple email cannot handle. Overall, I am more than satisfied with the academic preparation I have received and the community I have become a welcomed part of."
Devan Block
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Pros- living in New York City, the campus is at the hospital to get hands on experience, experienced faculty, small class sizes, work in the community, and we are on campus with others in the health field. Cons- Cost of tuition and cost of living, busy schedule, lots of paperwork, and that we do not get to take classes with students from different fields."
Ashley Lynch
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"This is a wonderful program, I feel as though I have received a well-rounded education thus far. I believe there will be more career support as we get closer to that time, but I cannot yet speak to that aspect of the program. NYC in general is very expensive, and graduate students are not rewarded enough financial aid in the form of scholarships, only loans. Overall, I am very happy with my experience here."
Stephanie Ross
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Professors are great! The program is strenuous, but the professors want you to pass, so they are generous with their time. No cons!"
Shaina Andrews
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The graduate program is rigorous and competitive but quite costly"