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The following awards are presented annually at the Recognition Ceremony.
Heffernan Award for Service - Given to graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the operations of the School working “behind the scenes,” as selected by the administration.
Columbia Business School Student Service Award - Honoring graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the Columbia Business School community, as voted by the graduating students.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Selected by the first-year class and given in recognition of a student’s outstanding skill, care and involvement in presenting class material.
Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom - Selected by the graduating students and awarded to a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the classroom, based on his or her dedication to teaching and ability to communicate knowledge and encourage students.
Robert Lear Service Award - Presented to a faculty member or administrator for service to the students above and beyond the call of duty.
New York Alumni Club Award - Selected based on outstanding character, scholastic achievement, participation in School affairs and potential for civic, business and professional leadership.
Shuchman-Hulbert Award in Marketing - Recognizes a graduating student with an outstanding record in the study of Marketing who shows promise of future contributions to the field.
Amena Elliot Webster Memorial Award - Awarded to a graduating woman who has shown overall academic excellence in the area of Marketing.
Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise - Presented annually to a graduating student who best demonstrates dedication to the public and non-profit sector and who exemplifies inner strength and personal integrity.
Robert and Jacqueline Willens Tax Research Prize - Awarded for superior skills in the area of Tax theory, practice or research.
Robert H. Montgomery Prize in Accounting - Awarded for excellence in the area of Accounting.
Eli Ginzberg Memorial Prize - Presented annually to a graduating student who has done outstanding work in the field of Economics or Human Resources.
Award for Academic Excellence in Management - Presented annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of Management.
Award for Academic Excellence in Decision, Risk and Operations - Presented annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of Decision, Risky and Operations.
Suresh Balaraman Prize - Presented annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of Finance.
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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.