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Cross-Registration for Non-MBA students

Select Business School offerings, excluding core courses, are open to Columbia University graduate degree candidates, post-baccalaureate students in the School of Continuing Education and Undergraduate Seniors at Columbia College, Barnard College, School of Engineering and the School of General Studies. Non-Business School students may take no more than 3 credits of business school courses per semester and no more than twelve credits during their entire Columbia course of study.

Fall 2014 Cross-registration application dates

  • Applications for B-term electives will be accepted from 10:00am on Wednesday October 22nd until 4:00pm on Tuesday October 28th
  • B-term courses begin Wednesday October 22nd
  • All Fall cross-registration applications will be processed no later than Monday November 3rd


The site will not be active outside these periods of time. Only seats with appropriate open capacity will be made available for cross-registration application. If a course is not made available to cross-registrants through the application process, there is no other form of appeal to gain access to the course.

  • Applied Regression Analysis (B8114-001), listed here, is the only course available for B-Term cross-registration.
  • For questions about cross-registration, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at
  • Students will need to submit a completed cross-registration application online. 
  • The link to the cross-registration system is available here:
  • Decisions and processing of all cross-registration applications will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Students are limited to apply to 3 courses per semester.


Pre and Co-Requisites beginning with B8xxx will be enforced. Note: The Finance course Capital Markets & Investments (FINC B8306) is a prerequisite for most finance courses. The following Columbia courses offered outside of the Business School have been approved as equivalent to B8306:

  • IEOR E4711 Global Capital Markets (SEAS)
  • MATH G4076 Capital Markets and Investments (GSAS)
  • INAF U6045 International Capital Markets (SIPA) and INAF U6022 Economics of Finance (SIPA) taken together fulfill the Business School's prerequisite of FINC B8306 Capital Markets & Investments.
  • Note: For Business School courses that list B8306 Capital Markets as a co-requisite, one class (U6045 or U6022) should have been already taken and the other class should be taken concurrently with the B-School class requiring the B8306 Capital markets co-requisite.

All other stated prerequisites have to have been taken at the Business School. Instructors may not waive these prerequisites. Students who feel they have the appropriate background may take the applicable exemption exam. For questions about Exemption Exams (but not general cross-registration questions), please email

TO DROP OR WITHDRAW FROM A BUSINESS CLASS: You must notify the Business School’s Office of Student Affairs. Dropping business school courses via SSOL or the registrar is not permitted. MBA course drop requests must be submitted via email to To drop a PhD course please email

  • For Fall 2014 Block Week courses, students may drop up until Friday, August 22nd at 4 pm
  • For Fall 2014 Full-term and A-term MBA courses, students may drop up until Wednesday, September 10th at 12 pm
  • After that date, students may withdraw (with a notation of W on your transcript) from Full-term and A-term courses until Wednesday, September 24th
  • For Fall 2014  B-term courses, students may drop until Tuesday, October 28th at 12 pm
  • After that date, students may withdraw from B-term courses until Tuesday, November 11th


Note that Non-Business School students will receive traditional letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) for courses taken at the Business School. Also, the Business School follows a slightly different academic calendar than most of the University. Students should review the School's calendar to ensure they meet required course and exam dates.

Executive MBA Cross-Registration

Executive MBA courses are primarily offered on the weekend, are available on an exception basis for students who need to take weekend electives and have completed any pre/co requisites for the course. Registration is always on a space available basis after the EMBA initial selection process is complete. The first EMBA elective class weekend of the fall term is Sept 5/6. The earliest time to contact the EMBA office if you are interested in fall electives is August 25, and all registration must be complete (including drops of courses not taken) by Sept 11. Please direct any EMBA Cross-Registration queries to Dan Curley at



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