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African Business Club (ABC)
The African Business Club works to advance social and economic issues related to Africa and promote an understanding of Africa at Columbia Business School. The ABC also co-hosts the African Economic Forum in the spring along with other Columbia University graduate schools which is the largest African focused event at Columbia Business School. The conference engages attendees in fruitful discussion regarding challenges and opportunities in Africa.
Asian Business Association (ABA)
ABA offers career networking, social, and mentoring resources for students at Columbia Business School who have an interest in business topics and career opportunities in Asia. The ABA also organizes a variety of professional; networking events which promotes career opportunities is Asia. The club hosts an annual study tour to Hong Kong in collaboration with the Chazen Institute of International Business.
Australian Business Association*
The club is meant for students from Australia, or those who have an interest in Australia, to connect and build community.
Black Business Student Association (BBSA)
BBSA works to promote the welfare and integrity of the black student body. The club promotes professional development of black students in preparation for the challenges of the work environment. The BBSA hosts an annual conference in the fall which is the longest running conference at Columbia Business School. The conference unites business leaders, students, alumni, and corporate sponsors in transformative conversation.
Caribbean Business Association (CARABIZ)*
The Caribbean Business Association is meant for students from the Caribbean, or who have an interest in the region, to promote awareness of Caribbean economic affairs and development.
Christian Business Fellowship (CBF)
The Christian Business Fellowship's (CBF) mission is to build a supportive community of Christian believers who integrate faith and business at Columbia Business School. The club provides a unique opportunity to get to know other Christian students alumni faculty and Christian business leaders and to explore career issues from a Christian perspective. We also seek to provide opportunities for people of all faiths to learn about Christianity. CBF is inter-denominational and works closely with other campus ministries including the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) which welcomes people from all faiths and denominations.
Club of Emerging Europe
The Club of Emerging Europe serves students interested in business opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe including the former Soviet Republics. The club also hosts interclub events and provides a social venue for students to learn from each other’s cultures.
Cluster Q is Columbia Business School's Gay-Straight Alliance. The Club strives to foster a positive environment and build a professional network for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Cluster Q hosts Ally Week annually in the fall which serves to educate the Columbia Business School Community on LGBTQ issues and supporting an inclusive environment. Cluster Q also promotes a network among students and alumni as well as students attending other top business schools including professionals in the LGBTQ community.
Columbia Business School Canucks*
The Canucks is designed for students of Canadian background, or who have interest in Canada, to build a community for those with an affinity to the Great White North.
Columbia Better Halves
Columbia Better Halves is Columbia Business School’s partners and spouse club which promotes social engagement and community building among its membership. The club brings students and partners/spouses together in social activities throughout the year including Better Halves Orientation which co-run and hosted with the Office of Student Affairs. Columbia Better Halves also includes children in their community and provides a supportive environment for couples and families.
Columbia Midwest Club
The Columbia Midwest Club is a social club that brings students together who are originally from the Midwest or who have an interest in this region. The club also focuses on seeking greater understanding as to why Columbia Business School students decide to live and work in the Midwest which helps current students network and connect to this community.
Columbia Texas Club
The Columbia Texas Club is a social club that is open to native Texans or anyone with an interest in Texas. The club hosts a variety of events including football game viewing, BBQs and other events that are reminiscent of Texas.
Columbia Women in Business (CWIB)
CWIB is the women’s network at Columbia Business School that provides resources for women to make educated and informed career decisions. The primary objectives are to establish a network between Columbia Business School students and alumnae for both professional and informal interaction, to address questions pertinent to women in business and provide various perspectives on the issues raised, and to provide a support group that allows for informal social interaction among present, past, and future members of CWIB. CWIB also hosts an annual conference in the fall.
Eureka! (Greek Club)
The mission of EUREKA! is to promote the Hellenic ideals of humanism, thought leadership, grass roots democracy, and community spirit in the context of modern business. In the holistic spirit of classical Hellenism EUREKA! is the convergence point of personal contentment, intellectual, moral, hedonic, physical, and spiritual satisfaction.
The European Society brings together Columbia Business School students with social and cultural interests in Europe. The club seeks to serve not just as a social organization but to also provide networking opportunities for students ultimately interested in living and working in Europe after graduation.
The German Society supports a community for students from German-speaking countries, or who are interested in culture pertaining to the area.
Greater China Society (GCS)
GCS fosters a cultural and professional community for Columbia Business School students who are either from the Greater China region or have an interest in working in or getting to know about the region. GCS hosts an annual conference in the spring which is the largest student run conference on the East Coast. The conference focuses on China’s economy and business environment while providing a venue for attendees to network and learn.
Hispanic Business Association (HBA)
HBA serves the needs of Hispanics in the Columbia Business School community with strong ties to the United Stated and an interest in working in the United States post-MBA. The HBA hosts an annual summit in the fall which brings together students from top MBA schools, corporate sponsors, and alumni to engage in conversation and build a network of Hispanic business leaders.
Her Majesty's Society (HMS)*
HMS (Her Majesty's Society) is dedicated to the celebration of British culture at Columbia Business School. The group organises traditional activities such as cricket matches, curry nights, Radio 4 listening, fish and chip suppers, and Sunday roasts throughout the year. God Save the Queen!
Israel Business Association
The Israel Business Association is a supportive environment of Israeli students or students interested in Israeli culture.
The Italian Club provides opportunities for students who share an interest in Italy, its economy, its culture, or its language to network. The Italian Club also serves to increase Italy’s awareness in the Columbia Business School community. The club is also interested in promoting networking opportunities with Italian alumni or those currently living and working in Italy. This includes facilitating professional relationships and friendships as part of the larger business school environment as a part of NOVA, the Italian MBA Association.
Japan Business Association (JBA)
JBA establishes mutually-beneficial friendship between Japanese students and non-Japanese students at Columbia Business School. The club’s purpose is to initiate discussion and friendships among Japanese students and non-Japanese students at Columbia Business School as well as to provide support in professional activities and careers. The JBA collaborates with the Chazen Institute of International Business regarding the annual Japan Study Tour.
Jewish Business Students Association (JBSA)
JBSA works to build a strong network of future Jewish business leaders and provides the support and professional development opportunities to club members. The JBSA works to provide opportunities to support Jewish culture and traditions among membership. Some of these events include Shabbat dinners, breakfasts, holiday activities, and trips to Israel.
Korean Business Association (KBA)
KBA is a professional and social club for students interested in Korea’s culture, politics, and economy. Events supported by the KBA include alumni receptions, mentoring, career development, workshops, community service events, and social activities to provide an inclusive environment for the Columbia Business School community.
Latin America Business Association (LABA)
LABA fosters a community among students who either originally from Latin America or interested in the region. The club also provides networking and professional opportunities for students who have worked in Latin America or plan to work there upon the completion of their MBA. LABA hosts a yearly conference in the spring which brings together attendees to discuss important economic and business issues occurring in Latin America.
Le French Club
Le French Club is a community for French-speaking students interested in networking with those of the other top five United States business schools.
Muslim Business Students Association*
The Muslim Business Students Association promotes an environment to foster meaningful interaction between the student community and Muslim students. MBSA envisions activities and events with Columbia's other graduate schools to include social and educational events, community outreach efforts, networking opportunities, and religious get-togethers.
South Asia Business Association (SABA)
SABA offers a forum to encourage cultural and economic interest in South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. SABA also hosts the annual India Business Conference in the spring which brings together business leaders, students, corporate sponsors, and alumni in conversation regarding India’s business climate.
Southeast Asian Business Association (SEABA)
SEABA is a community dedicated to teaching about the culture, business, and countries of Southeast Asia including Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, East Timor and Papua New Guinea through various cultural social and networking events.
Southeast Club of Columbia
The Southeast Club of Columbia is provides a platform for social and professional interaction among students with connections to the Southeastern United States.
The Spanish Club is a community for all students interested in the Spanish culture, language, or in professional opportunities in Spain. The club also promotes friendship development among Spanish and Non-Spanish students as well as the larger Spanish alumni community and other international networks around the world.
West Coast Society
The West Coast Society fosters a community for students from the west coast and students interested in working in the west coast to develop a personal and professional network while they are at Columbia Business School.
Young Arab Leaders Association
YALA promotes Arab heritage and culture within the Columbia Business School Community and increases awareness about CBS in the MENA region. YALA also provides a venue for students to build relationships with other individuals with an interest in the Middle East. Promoting many activities, YAL hosts social events, educational trips, networking activities, and career support.
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Top Ten Questions Asked
Here are the most frequently asked questions by current students.
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.