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At Columbia Business School, students can develop interdisciplinary expertise with a wide range of dual degree options. Students can combine a Columbia MBA with one of 10 other professional degrees such as law, engineering, medicine, international affairs, or social work.
In general, a dual degree requires one year fewer than it would take to pursue the two degrees separately. Interested candidates must apply separately to the Business School and the second school or program. Each school makes admission decisions independently.
Dual degree students register in one school per term. Unless otherwise noted on the list of participating schools, students may begin in either school and tailor their registration in subsequent terms to meet their academic objectives, provided they meet both schools’ course, residence, and sequencing requirements. Students pay the tuition and fees of, and are granted financial aid by, the school in which they are in residence during a given semester. School-specific scholarships and fellowships are usually not transferable.
Applications for admission to Columbia Business School and other dual degree schools must be filed separately. Each school’s admissions decisions are based solely on that school’s selection criteria and are made independently. Applicants may either apply simultaneously to both schools, or begin their studies at one school and apply to the other school prior to completing one half the coursework of the first school. Although applicants may apply simultaneously to both schools, they cannot begin both programs simultaneously. If admitted to the Business School, students must begin in the term for which they applied; the Business School does not grant deferrals.
MBA dual degree students must complete a minimum of 45 academic credits in the Business School and spend three terms in residence here. (All 45 credits must be Business School courses; courses from other schools at the University cannot be counted toward the MBA degree.) Due to the fact that dual degree students only spend three terms in residence at the Business School, they are not permitted to participate in the exchange program. Dual degree students may include a combined maximum of three credits of independent study and field studies in their required 45 credits.
Dual degree candidates must fulfill Columbia Business School’s core curriculum requirements. Courses from other schools are not accepted as a substitute. However, students may exempt out of core courses by passing an exemption exam. This does not reduce the total number of credits required for the MBA degree (45); it enables students to take additional electives. Dual degree students must complete their first two Business School terms of residence consecutively to receive the full benefit of our core curriculum and cluster system. After those two terms, students may take courses in either school, regardless of where they are in residence.
In addition, students must complete the degree requirements specified by the other school. Neither diploma is granted prior to the completion of both schools’ degree requirements.
Information regarding other dual degree schools’ requirements can be found under Academic Programs on the Columbia University website.
Questions regarding the MBA portion of any dual degree can be sent to Vidhi Desai in the Office of Student Affairs.
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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.