Financing Information for MA Students

Scholarship funding opportunities for MA students are limited. MA students often finance their education through a combination of the following:

Applicants should carefully review the pages listed above, as well as the Cost of Attendance page and MA Billing Calculator, before making a commitment to master's studies. 

Certain MA programs offer restricted fellowships upon admission. Students admitted to master's programs may be considered for a limited number of existing merit-based awards. For more information, contact your department or program.

The Office of Financial Aid hosted a virtual session for admitted MA students in March covering a variety of topics; including internal/external scholarship/fellowship opportunities, work opportunities, and the basics of loan options. We encourage you to view the recording and review the presentation to learn more about how funding works as a graduate student at Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.