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Beta Gamma Sigma Alumni Award

Presented every year to a graduating student. The recipient is selected on the basis of outstanding character, scholastic achievement, participation in School affairs and potential for civic, business, and professional leadership.

Columbia Business School Service Award

Presented once a year in recognition of a graduating student’s outstanding contributions to the School community, as defined by notable participation in School activities.

Eli Ginzberg Memorial Prize

Presented annually for outstanding work in the field of economics or human resources.

William J. Heffernan Memorial Award for Service

Given yearly to graduating students who, working “behind the scenes,” have made outstanding contributions to the School’s academic standards, operations and integrity. The award honors the late dean for administration, William Heffernan, who served at the School from 1961 to 1986.

MBA Student Speaker

Selected by fellow graduates to represent the graduating class at the Recognition Ceremony. The Student Speaker is chosen on the basis of contributions to the School, intellectual strength and speaking ability.

Benjamin Michaelson Scholarship Prize

Awarded annually to a student who has completed the first year of study and exhibits strong academic achievement as well as strong leadership in the Graduate Business Association or other student activities. The award was established by Catherine Michaelson ’78, in honor of her father.

Robert H. Montgomery Prize in Accounting

Given yearly to the graduating student who has concentrated in accounting and is deemed to be most proficient in all courses.

Abe Shuchman Memorial Award in Marketing

Recognizes a graduating student in the MBA or Executive MBA Programs whose academic record in marketing is outstanding and who shows promise in the understanding, conceptualization, and practice of marketing.

Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

Presented yearly to a graduating student who has achieved excellence in the field of finance.

Amena Elliot Webster Memorial Award in Marketing

Presented annually to a graduating woman who has concentrated in marketing and is deemed by the faculty to have achieved overall academic excellence.

Robert and Jacqueline Willens Tax Research Prize

Awarded annually at graduation to a student who demonstrates superior skills in the area of tax theory, practice, or research as it relates to investment banking and finance. Robert Willens is an adjunct professor of finance and economics and a managing director at Lehman Brothers.

Dean's List

Students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA in their first term are included on the Dean's List. In subsequent terms, students must achieve a 9.25 weighted semester GPA to make it on the Dean's List. Learn more about the School's grading scale under Academic Standards

Students can find their GPAs on SSOL. Dean's List will only be calculated for students who have completed all their courses in a given semester. While grades for courses taken outside the Business School apply, only full-time students taking 12 or more credits qualify.

Dual degree students are eligible for Dean’s List only during semesters in which they are in residence at the Business School. The grades from all courses taken while in residence at the Business School, even those taken at the student's other school, are included in calculating the GPA for that semester. 

Dean's Graduation Honors

Columbia Business School recognizes the top 25 percent of students in each class (based on cumulative GPA), with Dean's Honors. The top 5 percent receive Deans's Honors and Distinction.

If you take courses over the required 60 credits or outside of the Business School, these courses are included in your cumulative GPA and eligibility for these awards. Dual degree students are eligible for graduation honors based on the cumulative GPA earned only during their semesters in residence at the Business School — this includes courses taken outside the Business School during these semesters.


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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.

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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

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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