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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at Columbia Business School is a full-time program designed to be completed in four terms (2 academic years). For the class of 2016, the Master of Business Administration degree program at Columbia Business School consists of 18 credits of required core coursework and a minimum of 42 credits of elective courses. (For the class of 2015, the Master of Business Administration degree program at Columbia Business School consists of 19.5 credits of required core coursework and a minimum of 40.5 credits of elective courses). No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA program. September entry students attend in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year allowing for a summer internship if obtainable. January entry students attend four consecutive semesters including the summer. Students needing to deviate from this program should speak with a representative from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).
Students who exempt out of core courses replace them with electives to fulfill the MBA requirement of 60 academic points taken in residence at the School. Fifty-four of these credits must consist of Business School courses. Students may count a combined maximum of six credits of independent study, cross-cultural seminar, and courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree.
A failed core course must be repeated; a failed elective must either be repeated or replaced by another.
Review our academic standards for minimum GPA requirements.
Requirements differ for dual degree programs.
Both domestic and international one-term exchange programs are offered to third- and fourth-term full-time MBA students through the Chazen Institute.
Executive MBA Program Outline
The schedule of our Executive MBA Program varies with each EMBA track. Learn more about EMBA schedules.
Full-Time MBA Program Outline
B6500 Lead: People, Teams, Organizations (1.5)
First Term (15 pts.)
B6101 Business Analytics (1.5)
B6001 Accounting I: Financial Accounting (3)
B6300 Corporate Finance (3)
B6201 Global Economic Environment (1.5)
B6100 Managerial Statistics (1.5)
B6200 Managerial Economics (1.5)
B6601 Marketing (1.5)
B6502 Strategy Formulation (1.5)
Second Term (15 pts.)
B6102 Operations Management (1.5)
3 Half-Term Electives (1.5 each)
3 Full-Term Electives (3 each)
Electives (15 pts.)
Electives (15 pts.)
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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 Student Government’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 Student Government’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.