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Columbia Business School’s academic standards ensure the integrity, consistency, and long-term value of the MBA experience while providing a framework for students to acquire the knowledge and the social intelligence to become sophisticated, ethical leaders.
Core Grade Distribution
|P1, LP, F||10–15%|
+/- may be used in core grades with the following restrictions: there is no H+ in the core and the number of pluses must be equal to or less than the number of minuses.
Recommended Elective Grade
|P1, LP, F||≥5%|
+/- may be used with elective grades without restrictions.
Starting Fall 2012, the grade of H+ is permitted in electives but strictly limited to 2% of the class enrollment, rounded up to the nearest integer.
Please note, while you do not receive pass/fail grades for courses taken, should you successfully exempt from a course, it will appear with a "P" on your transcript to denote that you passed. This will not be factored into your GPA, nor will receive any credits. It is strictly a notation that you passed your exemption exam.
After the first term, all students who achieve a 9.0 weighted grade point average (GPA) or higher will earn Dean’s List recognition. In subsequent terms, Dean’s List will apply to all students who achieve at least a 9.25 weighted GPA for the term.
The courses that make up the core curriculum are:
|Pre-term||Lead: People, Teams, Organizations (1/2 term equivalent)**|
|1st Half||Statistics*||Strategy||Accounting||Finance||Micro Econ*|
|2nd Half||Business Analytics||Marketing 1||Macro Econ|
|1st Half||Operations Management||Marketing 2||Elective||Elective||Elective|
|2nd Half||1/2 Elective||1/2 Elective|
*Statistics will each meet for 90 minutes on three additional Fridays at the beginning of the first term.
**Appropriate scheduling of a debrief by the faculty and coaching for all MBA students, based on their 360 Self-Assessment feedback launched by the Leadership faculty during pre-term, will occur during two or three 90 minute sessions the first and second terms of the first year.
Minimum GPA Requirements, Probation and Dismissal
During the academic review process at the end of each semester, the Office of Student Affairs monitors the academic performance of all students and makes available a support system for those in need of assistance.
Students whose GPAs fall below the minimum requirements are subject to probation or dismissal.
For dual degree students, the Business School GPA is determined by the grades received while in residence at the Business School; and includes all courses taken in those semesters, even those offered by the student's other school. Grades for Business School courses taken while in residence at their other school are not included in their cumulative GPA for the Business School.
Minimum GPA requirements by term and for graduation are as follows:
|After Term 1||GPA equal to or less than 5.900||Warning|
|GPA equal to or less than 4.800||Probation|
|GPA equal to or less than 4.400||Dismissal|
|Subsequent Terms||GPA equal to or less than 5.900||Warning|
|GPA equal to or less than 5.20||Probation|
|GPA equal to or less than 4.80||Dismissal|
|Graduation||GPA greater than or equal to 5.50|
- A student can be on probation for one semester, at most. A second probation implies dismissal.
- A student can appeal his/her dismissal to the Academic Standards Committee that could allow the student to stay in the program under certain conditions.
- A student who was dismissed from the School might apply, via regular admissions procedure, to the program. If admitted he/she might have the option of using credit for certain past courses taken at the School.
Students must complete at least 67% of credit hours attempted each semester to remain compliant with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (SAP). Credit hour progression is based on a cumulative total of attempted credits to earned credits. For example, a full-time student who attempts 18 credits in a semester must successfully complete at least 12 credits to meet the 67% requirement. However, credits that are not completed will count towards maximum credits attempted towards degree objective.
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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.