Graduate Admissions

From Student to Active Professional

15 exceptional graduate programs in the arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of the arts to healing.

Through rigorous advanced study, Columbia graduate students make the crucial transition from student to active professional, and our alumni are resilient, flexible and independent practitioners who understand the standards and expectations recognized by their professional community. As a graduate student at Columbia, you will have ample opportunity to engage with these professional communities through internships, student teaching, clinical work, exhibitions, editorial work on journals, or networking with practicing professionals.

Our faculty and students tell Columbia's story better than anyone else.

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  • Just NINE days until New Graduate Student Orientation for those in our Photography, Interdisciplinary Arts, Creative Writing, Business & Entrepreneurship, Music Composition for the Screen, and Education programs! Thank you Book & Paper MFA candidate Dustin Seelinger for the photo.

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  • Big congrats to these three Photography - Columbia College Chicago MFA alumni! Natalie Krick (M.F.A. 2011) Clarissa M Bonet (M.F.A. 2011) and Gregg Evans (M.F.A. 2012) are included in the Aperture Foundation Summer Open!

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  • How are you staying active this summer? This photo of yoga in the park comes from current Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling, MA student Kaity Sinke.

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