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Aviation & Aerospace Association (AAA)
Founded by a group of student pilots, the Aviation & Aerospace Association (AAA) is a forum for students with an interest in the aviation industry. AAA's scope includes recruiting for roles in commercial aviation, private aviation, and aerospace. The club offers site visits, occasional guest speakers, and assistance recruiting in this field.
CFA Charter Interest Club
The CFA Charter was first proposed by Professor Benjamin Graham in 1942 while he was an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. The primary purpose of the club is to provide members with the following key resources: to provide a forum to learn about the CFA Charter and how it can help Columbia MBA students in their careers, and to support CBS students who are interested in pursuing their CFA Charter in conjunction with the MBA degree.
Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
The CEO encourages aspiring and current student entrepreneurs to explore and launch new ventures. The organization brings students together with successful entrepreneurs and innovators. Through lectures, panel discussions, and interactive workshops the club helps members gain unique insight and connections to the world of venturing. The annual business plan competition and the Lang Fund competition help students start their own businesses by providing expert feedback and start-up capital. CEO also sponsors site visits and careers treks to observe current start-ups, and supports the entrepreneur management curriculum and Lion’s Lab.
Columbia Finance Organization (CFO)
The Columbia Finance Organization (CFO) is a professional club run by Columbia Business School MBA students interested in careers in corporate finance. The mission of the club is to educate students about the opportunities and challenges that corporate finance professionals face across industries, to sponsor events that provide students the opportunity to expand their network within the field, and to assist students in obtaining internships and full-time employment.
Columbia Student Investment Management Association (CSIMA)
The Columbia Student Investment Management Association is a forum for students interested in a career in asset management to learn more about the industry and hone their recruitment skills. The club sponsors lectures and receptions and invites portfolio managers and professionals from brokerage investment and other management firms to speak to club members. The club also hosts alumni networking events, pitch competitions, weekend training courses, and the world-renowned annual CSIMA conference.
Columbia Wealth Management
The mission of the Columbia Wealth Management Club is to educate members on careers in wealth management and private banking, and to promote opportunities in this industry. As the fastest growing career on Wall Street, private wealth management requires a passion for finance, the markets, people, and entrepreneurship.
Commodity Club (CMDTY)
The Energy Club is committed to educating members about the energy industry, increasing awareness regarding career opportunities, and helping members take advantage of those opportunities. The club hosts panel discussions and speakers on topics that are shaping the future of the energy industry, and co-hosts with SIPA an annual energy conference in the fall.
Equity Research Club
The Equity Research Club serves members interested in learning about and recruiting in the industry. The club offers reviews, mentoring, industry speakers and panels, mock interviews, and other industry-related guidance information and support. For students interested in research, the club recommends that members join both the Equity Research Club and the Columbia Student Investment Management Association to best understand how the buy- and sell-sides work together.
Family Business Club
The Family Business Club advances family business interests of students, faculty members, and affiliated individuals of Columbia Business School. The club regularly brings in local family business owners, organizes site visits to family-owned companies, and provides growth and development opportunities aimed at students who will be returning to a family business post-MBA.
General Management Association (GMA)
The General Management Association serves members who are interested in learning about or pursuing a career in general management. The GMA sponsors industry speakers, conducts tours of various companies, publishes an annual resume book, and arranges other activities to increase member knowledge and awareness of the general management fields.
Green Business Club
The Green Business Club exists to prepare and educate students for careers in alternative energy, green branding and marketing, sustainable investing, and other careers related to sustainability. The club seeks to connect members to employers’ resources and relevant institutions in the private, for-profit public, and non-profit sectors. The GBC works to engage members and business leaders across industries on the intersection of business and sustainability.
Government & Business Club
The Government & Business Club is a non-partisan group interested in exploring the intersection of public policy and business in the US and around the world. The club hosts guest speakers, panel discussions, political debates and more for members to discuss global changes and the political climate as it relates to business.
Health Care Industry Association (HCIA)
The Health Care Industry Association (HCIA) provides opportunities for members to learn about the industry, discuss relevant health care issues, and network with other students, alumni, and leaders throughout the industry. Health care is a major component of our economy and HCIA membership provides valuable information to students interested in careers in a wide range of areas including: Pharmaceuticals, Management Consulting, Biotechnology, Private Equity / Venture Capital, Hospital Administration, Equity Research, Managed Care, and Investment Banking. In addition to regular speakers, recruiting events, and panels, the HCIA also hosts an annual conference in the fall.
Hospitality & Travel Association (HTA)
The Hospitality and Travel Association (HTA) is designed for members interested in pursuing or exploring careers within the travel and hospitality industry, from asset management and investment banking to real estate development and general management. The club sponsors lectures and discussion series involving key hospitality industry executives and portfolio experts. Through these events, the club provides opportunities for students to gain a better understanding of the industry and the many careers available.
Innovation + Creativity in Business Society (I+CBS)
I+CBS has the goal of building a community of business leaders focused on the power of creative problem solving and idea generation. The club seeks to inspire members through workshops, speaker series, and events, as well as support members through alumni networking and professional offerings. In addition, I+CBS host an annual Innovation Summit each spring.
International Development Club (IDC)
The International Development Club (IDC) aims to explore and create opportunities for the development of emerging economies. The club fulfills this mission by: offering education about the field for the community; facilitating experience in the field for interested members; providing career services for members seeking employment in or related to the field; and fostering a network of students and alumni and professionals with common interests.
Investment Banking Club (IBC)
The Investment Banking Club (IBC) provides students with the opportunity to learn about investment banking and recruit in the industry. Club members receive assistance in meeting industry recruiters, connecting with alumni, interview preparation, and subsidized modeling training.
Founded in the spring semester of 2012 by students, Columbia Business School’s LEAD is a new club focused on equipping CBS students with the knowledge, skills and network to effectively drive change, growth and sustained optimal performance in themselves, their organizations and their broader communities. The club plays a critical role in CBS’s mission to bridge theory and practice, offering programming and interactive workshops that allow members to practice vital soft skills and leadership theories learned from top Leadership and Management courses and faculty at CBS in a non-risk environment. Learn more about the club and our workshops in personal leadership, group/organizational leadership, and career events for those interested in human capital management and organizational transformation by visiting leadcbs.com.
Management Consulting Association (MCA)
The Management Consulting Association (MCA) provides members who have a career interest in management consulting with the educational and professional tools necessary to be competitive in the industry. MCA offers interview prep, case practice, recruiting opportunities, and more to members.
Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC)
The mission of the Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC) is to provide members with resources to pursue a career in marketing. These resources include mentoring programs, interview workshops, the MAC resume book, and a marketing interview guide. MAC also strives to provide networking opportunities and exposure to marketing professionals and alumni through lunches, panel discussions, evening networking evens, and the annual conference.
Media Management Association (MMA)
The Media Management Association (MMA) is dedicated to establishing Columbia Business School as the premier school for media managers. The MMA provides networking opportunities and a learning environment for members by coordinating media-related resources with other schools of the University and by sponsoring tours, guest speakers, and panel discussions. In addition, the MMA co-hosts an annual conference, held in the spring.
Military in Business Association (MIBA)
MIBA leverages the capabilities and experiences of current and former members of the military to excel in the recruitment environment and professional workplace. Through camaraderie, mutual support, and formal and informal events, the club seeks to facilitate and enhance the careers, friendships, and long-term success of everyone with a connection to the military community.
Odyssey is a premier global business school competition and leadership development program, through which members learn from professors, top industry executives, and hands-on case experience. The Global MBA Competition annually invites the top 16 global business schools to Columbia to compete in a variety of business competition events. This two-day event is held annually in the spring.
Private Equity & Venture Capital Club (PE/VC)
The Private Equity & Venture Capital Club's mission is to provide opportunities for our members to learn about the industry, network with industry professionals, enhance their career opportunities in the field, and meet fellow students who share similar interests. The club hosts regular guest speakers, panel events, case competitions, and networking opportunities. In addition, the club hosts an annual conference each spring which draws more than 700 professionals each year.
Real Estate Association (REA)
The Real Estate Association (REA) strives to provide members with the tools, contacts, and knowledge that will allow them to move to the forefront of the real estate industry. In addition to addressing such traditional real estate industry topics such as financing and development, the REA also focuses on cutting-edge topics in real estate including investment banking and securitization, international investing, and real estate technology.
Retail & Luxury Goods Club (RLG)
The Retail and Luxury Goods Club serves two purposes: First, to educate students about the retail and luxury goods industries through guest speakers, faculty panels, industry tours, and our alumni reception; and second, to help students find summer or full-time employment within the retail and luxury goods industries by sending member resumes of to various companies within the industry. The club covers a wide range of retail practices that include apparel retail, non-apparel retail, design houses that supply retail stores, and retail consulting firms. In addition, the RLG hosts an annual conference each spring.
Sales & Trading Club
The Sales and Trading Club strives to educate members on the industry and provide recruitment opportunities in the field. The club hosts regular speakers, alumni panels, social events, and an annual trip to the NYSE. In addition, the club provides a mentorship program that connects current members with recent alumni in the industry.
Small Business Consulting Program
The Small Business Consulting Program (SBCP) offers members the opportunity to complement their studies with the practical application of business skills and tools, while contributing to the local business community. SBCP members work with entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and other businesses to provide pro-bono consulting services in a broad range of areas including accounting, finance, marketing, organizational development, operations, and strategy.
Social Enterprise Club (SEC)
The Social Enterprise Club highlights opportunities for business students to professionally pursue enterprises - be they private or public - that seek social benefits as the primary goal. The spectrum of such enterprises is vast: entrepreneurial endeavors, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic or socially responsible initiatives within larger corporations, etc. However, the common thread uniting these organizations is the desire to reap public dividends. The club facilitates guest lectures, panel discussions, special events, and the integration of issues of corporate social responsibility into the curriculum. In addition, the club hosts an annual conference each fall in partnership with the Social Enterprise Program.
Sports Business Association
The Sports Business Association seeks to foster interest in the business of amateur and professional sports by providing a forum for the study and discussion of various aspects of the sports industry. Regular topics include sports finance, sports management (team and league), and other matters related to the operations of sports businesses.
Technology Business Group (TBG)
The Technology Business Group (TBG) provides a social and professional community for members interested in making a difference in all business aspects of technology. Club activities include guest speakers, panels, and alumni networking events, and more to highlight how technology has and will continue to change the way the world does business and facilitate recruitment for members.
Telecom Club (WIRE)
The CBS Telecom Club (WIRE) is one of a few clubs of its kind among the top MBA programs in the world. The club is designed to foster the integration among telecom related professionals, companies, and members interested in the industry. The club addresses telecom from a holistic point of view, interacting not only with traditional market players (carriers device manufacturers infrastructure), but also with other stakeholders such as investment institutions, service providers, and developers.
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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.