Professional Development Resources for Master’s Students

Funding to Attend Conferences

The GSAS Conference Matching Travel Fund provides support for graduate students in the Arts and Sciences to present at conferences.

Financial Planning Tips

Read personal financial management expert Shahar Ziv’s 10 Financial Planning Tips for Graduate Students.

Career Support

These services offered by the Center for Career Education (CCE) help MA students to explore professional paths and achieve their career goals.

Master's SynThesis

Established in 2016, the annual GSAS Master’s SynThesis Competition is an opportunity for MA students in the Arts and Sciences to showcase their research and presentation skills in a relaxed and collegial environment. Learn more here.

Developing Job Search Documents and a Portfolio

The following CCE resources can assist students in developing their online presence and job application materials.

Visit LionSHARE to view upcoming skill-building workshops offered by CCE.

Mapping Your Career Journey

Below are self-assessment tools to identify skills, interests, and values, and resources for learning about employers.

Self-Paced Career Exploration

Subscription & Digital Resources


There are several ways for MA students to make valuable professional connections with employers, Columbia alumni, and peers: