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

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


The Spring semester of Comedy Studies will run from Tuesday January 22nd through May 9th 2019.    


The Summer Comedy Studies program is a condensed program that runs 6 weeks from Monday June 10th through July 20th.

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019.  

Students will be notified by no later than April 1st. Students who need to know sooner than April 1st for their home institution, please email

FALL 2019

The Fall Semester will run from Tuesday September 3rd through Thursday December 12th.

There are spots remaining for Fall 2019. Email if you are interested in submitting an application. 

Students will be notified by no later than April 1st.


*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  $8,484.00 ($707 per credit hour)

FALL 2019

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.