Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews

3.84 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
89% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
MB - 8/12/2014
Degree: International Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"If you want a career in international affairs or public policy, SIPA is the place to be. As an NYC resident, you will have just about unlimited access to the world's top players in international affairs. The network you will gain alone will be worth the tuition! SIPA is like a mini-UN, so you will make friends from every corner of the globe. Be aware, though - like most of NYC, you have to be ready to advocate for yourself and your education at SIPA. There is no hand-holding or coddling. It's like they say: "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.""
3.8 out of 5 stars
S. Ben-Dak - 8/10/2014
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014
"I pursued and completed a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University between 2013-2014. In what was ideally set up as a part-time program jointly offered by the School of Continuing Education and Columbia's Earth Institute, I completed the program within one full academic year, including a full summer semester. The program was divided into 5 core areas, of which you needed to complete either 2 or 3 courses to cover each area and qualify to graduate. Additionally, at orientation, we were told we would need to finish our studies while maintaining a minimum of a B average. This former created some problems for students, as some often found it difficult to find specific courses that both interested them as well as satisfied the program's academic requirements. As Master's students, we were able to cross-register with other schools and departments such as SIPA and Columbia Business School, but with the latter it was a bit more problematic and time-consuming. For the most part, the professors were great and very attentive to the student's needs. They held fairly flexible office hours and I found them more than patient and approachable. Regarding the courses themselves, I believe that the program should incorporate a speciality area within the field of sustainability, whether a student is interested in energy, agriculture, water, or other sectors. In this way, the program can be built around a specific industry and graduates will walk away with a specialty in this fast growing area. This will most likely assist in the job hunt afterwords and in career development in general. Finally, the campus environment, access to its facilities and resources (as well as being in New York City as a student), is a wonderful experience that I valued tremendously. This was one of the main reasons I decided to pursue a Master's degree at Columbia from the onset."