Graduate Admissions

Graduate Programs at a Glance

Columbia offers 15 master's degrees and three innovative graduate certificates within the disciplines of arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of arts to healing.

Arts Education (Visual) (K-12)

Arts Education (Visual) (K-12)

Master of Arts in Teaching (41 credits)

Those with previous knowledge and experience in one or more visual art areas gain knowledge and experience working with children and young people.

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Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing

Master of Fine Arts (50 credits)

Aspiring creative professionals with industry experience learn to produce meaningful, commercially viable, internationally appealing screen entertainment in traditional and new media formats.

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Cinema Art + Science - Directing

Cinema Art + Science - Directing

Master of Fine Arts (52 credits)

Those with an interest in directing are propelled to create character-driven narratives that are diverse, authentic, invoke the human experience, and connect with the audience.

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Creative Writing - Fiction

Creative Writing - Fiction

Master of Fine Arts (45 credits)

Aspiring fiction writers are guided in theory and practice while emphasizing the development of a student’s unique voice, story content, and writing process.

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Creative Writing - Nonfiction

Creative Writing - Nonfiction

Master of Fine Arts (48 credits)

Those with an interest in nonfiction are given the opportunity to study, read, write, edit, and teach with leading authors and scholars in the field, preparing them to make a living through their passion for writing nonfiction

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Creative Writing - Poetry

Creative Writing - Poetry

Master of Fine Arts (40 credits)

Students explore a variety of poetic styles and improve both their imaginative and critical writing abilities alongside dedicated peers and engaged poet-professors.

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Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling

Master of Arts (60 credits)

Those with a passion for dance and an interest in mental health explore the interweaving of these two disciplines in one of only six programs nationally approved by the American Dance Therapy Association.

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Elementary Education (K-9)

Elementary Education (K-9)

Master of Arts in Teaching (41 credits)

Future educators are instructed on how to develop knowledgeable, curious, and confident learners, while also exploring the importance of the arts in children’s engagement and learning.

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Interdisciplinary Arts

Interdisciplinary Arts

Master of Arts (30 credits)

Artists who wish to expand their creative practices learn to build connections among visual art, movement, sound, writing, and drama.

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Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts

Master of Fine Arts (60 credits)

Students explore hand papermaking, printmaking, and the book arts as artistic media with application in cultural discourse, community building, and collaborative practice.

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Journalism

Journalism

Master of Arts (36 credits)

Aspiring journalists focuses on public affairs reporting and combine an essential academic base in political science with first-hand reporting.

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Master of Arts Management

Master of Arts Management

Master of Arts Management (48 credits)

Students who have a passion for the arts learn to investigate, analyze, and prepare for the exciting and complex world of arts, entertainment, and media management.

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Music Composition for the Screen

Music Composition for the Screen

Master of Fine Arts (54 credits)

Students undertake creative and technical studies, build strong portfolios, engage in collaborative projects across disciplines, and develop vital industry connections.

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Photography

Photography

Master of Fine Arts (60 credits)

Aspiring photographers develop aesthetically and conceptually while incorporating innovative photographic technique.

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Alternate Route Certificate

Alternate Route Certificate

Certificate (22 credits)

Practitioners with an MA in a human services related field enter this accelerated program to enhance their counseling practice with dance/movement therapy methodologies.

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