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New Degree Programs
Columbia University is committed to preparing its students for the future during a time of rapid change. To meet our society’s evolving needs, the University has developed new educational programs at all levels, with 73 new degrees created over the past five years in fields ranging from ancient studies to applied mathematics. A few of these programs are described below.

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Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
The new program in Creative Writing at Columbia College and the School for General Studies combines intensive writing workshops with seminars that study literature from a writer’s perspective. Twenty-five new courses were created for this major, which teaches students to approach fiction, poetry, and nonfiction as crafts to be learned, as opposed to traditional English classes that teach students to approach literature as works to be interpreted.

Master of Science in Landscape Design
Columbia’s Landscape Design program at the School of Continuing Education prepares students for careers as landscape designers specializing in residential and smaller-scale projects. The program immerses students in the history and theory of garden design, broadens their horticultural knowledge and plant vocabulary, and nurtures their creativity while grounding them technically. The rigorous curriculum emphasizes studio work in order to develop students’ technical and design competence and enables them to begin professional practice upon graduation.

Master of Business Administration Dual-Degree Program with London School of Business
EMBA-Global is an exceptional executive MBA program that attracts professionals from all over the world. The twenty-month program allows executives with global responsibilities and aspirations to continue their career while earning two full MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and the London School of Business. Participants instantly gain a global network and have access to two world-renowned faculties, two exceptional alumni networks, and two world business capitals—New York and London.

Master of Arts in Journalism
In 2005, the Graduate School of Journalism began offering a new degree, a master of arts, in addition to the master of science degree. The MA is designed to offer its students a cross-disciplinary education unique in journalism education. Designed for students who have already demonstrated mastery of the craft of journalism—by having completed the school’s MS program or its equivalent, or being a mid-career journalist with considerable working experience—it offers these students an opportunity to formally study the complex fields and disciplines they wish to take as reporting specialties.

Master of Arts in Climate and Society
The need for professionals who understand the links between climate and society is acute and grows ever more so as human activity alters the global atmosphere. Launched in 2004, the twelve-month MA program trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. This new program draws on the University’s superb educational and research facilities, combining elements of established programs in earth sciences, earth engineering, international relations, political science, sociology, and economics with unique classes in interdisciplinary applications.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
The doctorate in physical therapy at the College of Physicians and Surgeons was developed in response to a change in the delivery of health care services that requires more independence of physical therapists. The new three-year program prepares students to examine, diagnose, and treat patients more thoroughly and independently than was possible by means of the former two-year master’s program it replaces. The hallmark of the program is the development of clinical expertise, enabling students to provide quality patient care in a wide spectrum of clinical practice settings. Students also must complete a capstone research project that meets peer review publication standards.

PhD in Sustainable Development
The PhD program in Sustainable Development at the School of International and Public Affairs was established in 2004. Its purpose is to create a generation of scholars and professionals equipped to deal with some of the most crucial problems in the world today. By combining elements of a traditional graduate education in social science, particularly economics, with a significant component of training in the natural sciences, graduates are uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments with the goal of sustainable development. The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements, but also provides students with the flexibility to pursue in-depth research in a broad variety of critical policy issue areas.

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