Advising and Career Counseling
M.A. students receive advisement on their course of study, academic progress, and overall program requirements from the Program Director, Assistant Director, and Coordinator.
In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences – the M.A. program advises and supports students throughout the job and internship search process.Students enrolled in the M.A. program will have access to a wide variety of resources including support from the M.A. Program Coordinator, Assistant Director, Director, and the faculty teaching in the M.A. program.
In addition, students will also have access to the resources of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. GSAS Compass is a new initiative in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that offers a variety of career development services tailored to masters and doctoral students. This includes workshops, special events, and one-on-one career counseling.
Students will meet with the Program Director to discuss their career goals and objectives. They may also meet with core faculty teaching in the M.A. program for further guidance.
In addition, the program offers one-on-one mock interviews and provides feedback on student resumes and cover letters.
- In order to fulfill the research paper requirement for the master’s degree, students will receive additional advising from faculty during the drafting process.
- GSAS Compass also maintains a resources page complete with links to pages providing how-to guides on writing resumes/CVs and cover letters, interviewing, networking, and more.
- GSAS Compass’ Career Development Resources page also addresses Where to find frequently asked questions regarding visa status and navigating the U.S. job search. (COVID-19- Specific Tips)
- LionSHARE is an online job and internship database available exclusively to Columbia students and alumni. It includes opportunities to interview with employers on-campus, information on career fairs and other on-campus employer events, and a directory containing company overviews.
As a STEM-designated program, F-1 visa holders within the M.A. program are eligible to apply for the F-1 STEM OPT Extension