Bard College - Master's Degree

Bard College, located along the Hudson River in New York, is an independent liberal arts and science college that offers almost 35 undergraduate degrees in four academic divisions; The Arts; Language and Literature; Science, Mathematics and Computing; and Social Studies. Students can also choose interdivisional programs and concentrations, where they could combine majors with different concentrations. In addition to that, Bard College also has two five-year dual degree undergraduate programs, and over 12 graduate programs.

  • Average Tuition USD 62,606
  • Acceptance Rate 45%
  • Students 2,469
  • International Students 24%
  • Campus Setting Rural

School Description

Bard College was founded in 1860 as St. Stephen’s College. It was founded by John Bard with the help of the Episcopal Church, and in its first 60 years, its purpose was to prepare men for entering the seminary, but also encouraged them to enhance their intellectual skills. After 1919, the college began to transition and expand its curriculum, and in the 1930s became the first college in the United States to give full academic status to the study of the creative and performing arts. The college was renamed in honor of its founder John Bard in 1934. During that time, the college became populated with writers and intellectuals who were fleeing Europe. In 1944, the college started welcoming women for the first time, as students and faculty.

Today, Bard College has nearly 2,000 students, with international students accounting for 24%. Bard College has many campuses in the United States and around the world. The college’s international reach started in the 1990's with the creation of a program called the International Liberal Education, which was created with the mission of building international education partnerships. Some of the places that Bard has a partnership with include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany and the West Bank. Some notable Bard College alumni include, actor Chevy Chase, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist William Sherman, and six musicians/songwriters.


Master Programs

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA

    Business Administration

    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA


    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA

    Environmental Studies

    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA

    Fine Arts

    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA


    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA


    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

  • 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA


    USD 35,235 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 100
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 7.00


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    Established in 1960


    Bard College has its own unique Bard Entrance Exam, which offers an alternative way of gaining admission into the college without the need for traditional standardised tests.

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          • Testimony
            1999-2003, Dual B.A.

            Would Choose It All Over Again

            Over a decade has passed since I graduated from Bard, with my MSc and PhD degrees acquired in other schools (which are great places in their own right). Yet Bard remains the very first home, first alma mater, which one recalls with a particular kind of tenderness -- perhaps because those late teens / early twenties tend to be so formative in our lives. It provides its undergrads with a safe and stimulating space to ask questions of others (and, perhaps even more so, of themselves). I remember it as remarkably liberal and highly creative -- not unlike the colleges I ended up choosing for myself at Oxbridge years later. A beautiful place to be.

          • Testimony
            1970-1973, B.A.

            Community of Learners

            I appreciated that the Bard experience was as much about creating a community of learners as it was about a specific course of study.

          • Testimony
            1981-1985, Bachelor of Arts

            Creating your vision

            Bard is more than a is an experience. At Bard you have the opportunity and freedom to determine your life's path and create a vision for your future. The faculty are outstanding and the small class sizes allow for an individualized experience. I now work in higher education. With my Masters in Psychology, I serve as a career counselor and help students with internships, grad school and developing their plans for the future. Lisa Curren Lopez, Class of '85