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Columbia Business School has been pioneering business practices and educating leaders from around the world for nearly a century. The School joins rigorous academic theory and real-world practice through broad engagement with the business community. In doing so, it fosters in students an entrepreneurial mindset for recognizing and capturing opportunity — critical attributes for global business leaders.


The School’s logo incorporates the Hermes emblem, chosen because of the Greek god’s association with business, commerce, and communication.


Columbia Business School’s eminence is rooted in the strength, leadership, and experience of its 148 full-time faculty members, including Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel laureate in economics; Bruce Greenwald, director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing; Linda Green, the Armand G. Erpf Professor of the Modern Corporation; Bruce Kogut, director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics; Gita Johar, senior vice dean and the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business; and established and emerging stars in every business discipline.

Students hear concepts directly from the leading experts who developed them, many of whom are also practitioners, advising businesses around the world. The Executives in Residence Program provides students with one-on-one opportunities discuss their career plans with senior executives from a range of industries, many of whom also teach classes at the School. Columbia Ideas at Work, the School’s research publication, showcases the faculty’s cutting edge discoveries as they are made.


Columbia Business School offers a rigorous core curriculum and hundreds of innovative electives— far more than most other business schools — that prepare students for success. Employers aggressively recruit Columbia Business School graduates because they know the School’s approach to active learning uniquely equips students with the analytical tools, leadership ability, and global knowledge for delivering immediate and sustainable value.

Curricular Initiatives

The School’s versatile curriculum and programming initiatives take aim at the global business demands of this new century. In response to the financial crisis, the School implemented a new course, The Future of Financial Services, which examines not only the causes of the economic downturn, but the future of business in an unpredictable economic environment. All entering students now participate in a four-part module on corporate governance, and modifications to the flexible core curriculum directly focus on issues affecting the current business climate. In addition to this, Columbia CaseWorks — a program that draws from faculty research to present students with incomplete data to develop the ability to make decisions from uncertainty — has created a case on the challenges faced by the auto industry, encouraging students to tackle current events in the classroom. Cross-Disciplinary Areas unite research from across a range of academic divisions at the School, and Master Classes combine experiential learning and direct contact with the business world, challenging students to make hard-and-fast decisions about actual business problems.


A global perspective is reflected in and reinforced by a student body of well-rounded individuals who show professional promise and have high academic credentials. Nearly 40 percent of the student body hails from outside the United States — representing 86 nations and speaking 94 languages — and the School maintains exchange programs with 25 leading graduate management institutions around the world.


With 41,000 influential alumni living in more than 100 countries, Columbia Business School students have an inside track to information, mentors, internships, and careers. Many alumni are respected leaders in business and nonprofit organizations and maintain strong relationships with the School as guest speakers and board members.

New York City

As one of the world’s premier financial capitals and headquarters to scores of multinational companies, New York City is a living laboratory for Columbia Business School students. Access to the city’s firms and industry leaders, many of whom are alumni, provides unparalleled opportunities for students.

Global Scope

Education at Columbia Business School is global in scope, ensuring that a Columbia MBA is valued anywhere in the world. The curriculum is infused with an international perspective through Master Classes, study tours, and a variety of special projects that send students to Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and other locations where they apply lessons to business challenges.


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