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Academic Essentials

Whether you’re a brand new student or a seasoned second-year, there’s a good deal of essential information you'll need access to on a regular basis. Here you will find details on credit requirements, tuition, financial aid, and other vital topics. You'll also find quick access to our policies and to our centers and programs.
From day one, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), located in Uris 105, and EMBA Student Affairs, in Warren 404, are there to assist with academic planning, advising, and support. These dedicated staff members connect students, administrators, and academic divisions across the School.

Classes

With a comprehensive core curriculum and over 200 electives, our students have the opportunity to customize their academic experience. Go here to learn more about degree requirements, academic policies, exemption exams, cross-registration, and scheduling.

Academic Support

Columbia Business School is invested in your success, and we want to make sure you get all the resources you need in order to excel. Student Affairs offers both formal and informal academic advising, and our tutoring program offers all MBA students up to 20 lifetime hours of free tutoring for core courses.

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Each MBA student receives 20 lifetime hours of free peer tutoring for core courses and the prerequisite finance elective Capital Markets and Investments.

 

Office of Disability Services>

ODS facilitates equal access to education and coordinates reasonable accommodations and support services for eligible students.

Centers & Programs

The curriculum at Columbia Business School is tied to the thought leadership of our groundbreaking faculty members. Much of the research and influence on real-world business is facilitated by the School's 26 programs, centers, and institutes. In addition to shaping the curriculum, many centers also offer resources for students outside the classroom.

Policies

The policies and practices of Columbia Business School are designed to create as fair and effective of an experience for our students as possible. Many policies, such as the honor code and the community contract, began as student initiatives.

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2013-2014 Student Handbook>

The Handbook outlines essential policies and procedures, explains your resources, and provides useful contact information.

 

Honor Code>

Developed by a joint group of students, faculty members, and administrators, the Columbia Business School Honor Code is designed to ensure a fair experience for all MBA students.

 

Leave of Absence>

Students who wish to interrupt their studies for any reason must apply for a leave of absence in writing.

For International Students

In addition to all the usual challenges associated with being in school again, international students face added questions about adjustments to New York City and Columbia University, visas, housing, bank accounts, and more. OSA works closely with the International Students and Scholars Office to ensure a seamless transition for our students from outside the US.

 

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At the Very Center of Business

See how Columbia Business School puts you at the very center of business, where chances for success revolve all around.

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Since 1916, Columbia Business School has lived at the heart of the business world, New York City, building symbiotic relationships with leading innovators and global trendsetters and offering students exposure to the very pulse of industry.

Today, we continue to enjoy daily insights from the influential figures driving current practices. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their fields, producing groundbreaking research across areas, and our worldwide alumni network continues to grow and impact change. At the Business School today, we’re celebrating our place at the very center of it all.

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Surf the Social Stream

Follow the School's social conversation on our Connect Online page, which puts #CBSAtTheCenter of social media.

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The strength of our School lies in our community, and the community connects online. Our Connect Online page makes it easy to see what the community says about what puts #CBSAtTheCenter of so many lives.

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The Core: Experience the Impact of Knowledge

The Columbia Core Curriculum imparts unparalleled perspectives that inspire and challenge, and connect the dots to success.

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The Columbia Core Curriculum is informed by thought leadership from the world’s leading-edge business environment. Our faculty's groundbreaking research influences business practices in every sector while our curriculum develops leaders who can create opportunity in any situation.

In an MBA program at the very center of business, you’ll learn to respond dynamically to any challenge. You'll gain the skills you need to succeed in a fast-moving, competitive business environment and see how to create opportunities where they once seemed impossible. At Columbia, at the heart of New York City, you’ll learn it all from the most influential figures in industry today.

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Diversity

Diversity

At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success.

Learn more about how diversity is simply a part of who we are.


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Top Ten Questions Asked

Here are the most frequently asked questions by current students.

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Information on courses and all bidding-related information (including statistics) can be found on BOSS (Business Online Selection System). To see important dates for the Business School, navigate to the MBA Academic Calendar tab in BOSS.


More information regarding independent studies can be found on the Indepedent Study webpage , and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.


More information can be found on the Cross-Registration webpage. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.


Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.


First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the GBA’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the GBA’s club committee.


Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.


Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.


All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.


Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on ssol.columbia.edu.


Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.

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