Columbia College Chicago Comedy Studies will consider applications from students attending any four-year college or university who:

  • Are currently enrolled-or have recently graduated- at the undergraduate level in a college or university.
  • Have, or will have, reached a minimum of junior-level standing- or have successfully completed a minimum of 60 credit hours- by the time the program begins.
  • Demonstrate training and/or accomplishment in performance, comic writing and improvisation.

Applicants Must Provide the Following:

  • Completed online application including uploaded theatrical resume (or description of experience), letter of recommendation, and essays.
  • Transcripts to be mailed in to Columbia College Chicago Admissions with proof of successfully completing 60 credit hours or more.
  • Proof of completion of the following courses or their equivalents:
  • Improvisation Techniques I 
    Acting II: Advanced Scene Study 
    English Composition II
  •  Narrative description of equivalent academic or non academic experience (for example; college improv or sketch groups, post high school acting classes, etc.) 

Unsure whether you have the relevant experience? There are multiple ways to fulfill these requirements, for more information please email

See the "Apply" page for further information about the application process for the program.

Returning Columbia Students Must Provide the Following: 

  • Complete Comedy Studies online form.
  • One faculty reference.
  • Theatrical headshot and resume and/or a short description of experience.
  • Three short essays. 

See the "Apply" page for further information about the application process for the program if you are a current Columbia student. 

Important Dates


Applications for the Spring 2022  program are due October 29th. 

The Spring 2022 program will run from January 24th to May 13th.   


Applications for the Summer 2022 program are due on February 17th, 2022.

The Summer 2022 program will run from June 13th to July 23rd.

FALL 2022

Applications for the Fall 2022 program are due on February 17th, 2022.

The Fall 2022 program will run from September 6th to December 16th. 


*Tuition periodically changes, so these numbers can fluctuate slightly. Exact tuition prices will be given upon acceptance into the program. Feel free to visit for further information about shifts in tuition for Columbia College Chicago. 


Tuition for the 12 credit hour semester of Comedy Studies is  $8,820.00 ($735 per credit hour)

FALL 2022

Tuition for the 16 credit hour semester of Comedy Studies is $12,790.00.  

The comedy studies program, as well as Columbia College Chicago, do not offer any forms of financial aid to visiting students. Please check with your home institution to see if any aid you are currently using can be applied to your semester with Comedy Studies.