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Student Government and Leadership Groups
CaseWorks Student Fellows Program
Students can participate in the Columbia CaseWorks program in their second year by applying to be a CaseWorks Student Fellow. The Fellows are selected in the spring for the coming academic year and work with CaseWorks staff and with faculty on case development.
Chazen Institute Study Tour Organizer
Students may plan study tours in January, March, May, or August, during the School’s breaks. Tour itineraries must include an average of two company visits per business day. Travel time and type of visit should be taken into account when planning the itinerary.
The Chazen Institute provides logistical advice and support throughout the study tour–planning process, but students themselves organize the trip. Tour organizers are responsible for everything from booking airlines and hotels to planning the corporate visits. Tour organizers are expected to take full ownership of the study tour and to partner with the Chazen Institute to ensure a smooth process and accountability. Study tour organizers cover their own cost of travel and expenses. For more information on the Chazen Institute and how to become a Chazen study tour organizer, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/chazen/students.
Dean's Advisory Board
The Dean’s Advisory Board is comprised of selected second year students that meet regularly with the dean to discuss initiatives, programs, and curriculum with the School administration.
Graduate Business Association (GBA)
The Graduate Business Association (GBA) is the governing board of the student body. The GBA council seeks to actively enrich and broaden the student experience. Interacting with students, administration, faculty, and the external community, the GBA promotes an environment of energetic and engaged students who are proud to be lifetime members of the greater community.
GBA Executive Committee
The GBA Executive Committee includes elected second-year students and represents the student body in conversations with the administration and faculty on a variety of issues. The Executive Committee works closely with the Office of Student Affairs, The Career Management Center, and the Dean's Office to promote student issues and initiatives. The Committee also assists with monitoring registered student organizations, coordinating a variety of social events and appointing representatives to standing committees.
The Graduate Business Association Council is the central governing body that administers GBA activities. The Council consists of cluster representatives and University Senate. The Council meets once a month during the fall and spring terms.
The Hermes Society is composed of selected students who voluntarily serve as representatives of the Admissions Office. Members assist with information sessions on campus, welcome admitted students to the Columbia community, answer questions from prospective students about the Columbia Business School experience, and organize Columbia Connect events. Applications are accepted each semester. Application based
The Honor Board is made up by the Honor Representatives elected by each cluster. The board is called on to serve as a component of the disciplinary hearing team when an honor infraction occurs. The Honor Code calls on all members of the School community to adhere to and uphold the notions of truth, integrity, and respect both during their time in school, and throughout their careers as productive, moral, and caring participants in their companies and communities around the world.
International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is comprised of students who are elected by their clusters to serve as their international student representative. In addition to supporting international students through initiatives focused on career opportunities, community involvement, or academic achievement, ISAB organizes International Week on campus in both the fall and spring, setting up activities to celebrate the diverse cultural mix of students at Columbia.
Nonprofit Board Leadership Program
Each year, approximately 30 MBA students and alumni participate in this program. Students are selected through a rigorous application process and matched with an alumnus based on experience and interest. Past project topics have included: Community Development, Education, Public Radio, Young Women, and Healthcare.
Peer Advisors are students, selected through an application and interview process, who guide new students through the first-year transition to business school. Peer Advisors are actively involved in both fall and spring orientation and, as part of the Program on Social Intelligence, coach and advise first year-study groups through the first year. Peer Advisors go through extensive leadership training and work closely with faculty, departments, and the Office of Student Affairs as liaisons with the first-year class
Silfen Leadership Series
The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series is a unique collaboration between students, faculty members, and distinguished business leaders from around the world. The series provides a forum that fosters the exchange of experience and ideas among the most influential people in business today - and those poised to lead tomorrow.
Sharing their entrepreneurial sensibilities, management techniques, leadership styles, and wisdom, Silfen Leadership Series speakers continue to engage the entire Columbia Business School community. MBA students can apply for a position on the Silfen Board in the spring for the coming academic year.
Student Leadership & Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center
The Bernstein Center welcomes applications from MBA students interested in serving on the Student Leadership & Ethics Board. This Board helps shape Columbia Business School’s initiatives in leadership and ethics. Board members work with faculty, staff, alumni and other students to develop, support, organize and market extra-curricular activities under the auspices of the Bernstein Center. Activities include events to host high-profile speakers and experiential learning events that address topics including: Individual Leadership and Personal Integrity; Corporate Governance; and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line is the biweekly student newspaper, the “voice” of Columbia Business School. Cluster Reporters are responsible for writing at least three informative, thought-provoking and insightful articles inspired by cluster member experiences per semester. Reporters are also responsible for submitting cluster photos for possible inclusion in every Bottom Line issue.
The University Senate regulates inter-faculty affairs and considers issues of University-wide concern. The student body elects two senators who act as the official representatives for all Business School students; they report to the GBA Council on University Senate proceedings at least once each semester. Senators are elected at the beginning of the fall term. The second-year senator serves as a member of the GBA Executive Committee.
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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 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.