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Graduation 2014 related events for Full-Time MBA students take place from Sunday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 21, 2014. More details regarding the ceremonies will be added as they are confirmed. Please check back regularly. In addition, graduating students will receive regular updates from the Office of Student Affairs with news and detailed information regarding the ceremonies and events.
During Commencement Week, each school hosts its own Ceremony — for the Business School this is the Recognition Ceremony — to individually recognize graduates for their successful completion of requirements. This event will feature a notable speaker selected by the GBA, student speakers, remarks by the Dean, and each student will be formally called to the stage and recognized for their achievement.
In addition to the Business School Recognition ceremony, students are encouraged to participate in the Columbia University Commencement ceremony, which is a centuries-old tradition in which the University President grants degrees en masse to graduating students from all schools, colleges, and affiliated institutions. During this ceremony, other remarkable members of the Columbia community are also recognized through the conferring of medals, awards, and honorary degrees.
The date of the Executive MBA Recognition Ceremony varies depending on the EMBA track, and ceremonies are held several times throughout the year. Regardless of the timing of your specific EMBA Recognition Ceremony, all graduating Columbia Business School students are invited to participate in the University Commencement ceremony.
Columbia Business School Full-Time MBA Recognition Ceremony
Morningside Campus, South Lawn in front of Butler Library
Sunday, May 18, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University Commencement Ceremony
Morningside Campus, Low Plaza and South Lawn
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Full-Time MBA Post-Commencement Reception
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The May 2014 Graduation ceremonies are open to full time MBA students who will have completed their MBA credits by May 2014, as certified by the Office of Student Affairs. This includes students who completed their degree in October 2013, February 2014, and dual-degree students who will have completed all of their MBA courses by May 2014. If you have questions about your eligibility for the ceremonies, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More information regarding independent studies can be found in the student guide, 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 regarding cross-registration can be found in the student guide. 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.