Columbia PhD students benefit from being part of a research university renowned for its intellectual capital — thirteen winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics have taught or studied at Columbia, including University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, who often teaches at the Business School.
Throughout the PhD program, there is a tight and lasting relationship between PhD students and faculty. As early as the first year, students act as research assistants, making valuable connections with faculty members.
By the third year, students have typically coauthored with a faculty member a paper suitable for publication. Faculty research interests cover a broad range of topics, so students can usually find a faculty member who shares a common pursuit.
As students enter the research phase of the program, faculty members are deeply involved in the work, from reviewing the proposal to sponsoring the dissertation and being present at its defense.
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