Degree Requirements

The Columbia Business School Executive MBA program, awarding the Master of Business Administration degree, is a full-time program designed to be completed in five (six for EMBA Saturday) consecutive terms. The curriculum consists of 24 credits of required core coursework, and 36 credits of elective courses. Students are required to take an International Seminar as part of the 36 elective credits.

No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA degree. 54 of the required 60 credits must consist of in-classroom Business School courses. Students may count a combined maximum of 6 credits of independent study and graduate-level courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher.

Students generally register for 12 credits per term, which is considered full-time residence at the Business School. With approval from Academic & Student Affairs, students are permitted to take up to 18 credits in elective terms if they are in good academic standing (they must not be on academic probation).

A failed core course must be repeated; a failed elective must be replaced by another elective.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA throughout the program and must have a cumulative GPA of 5.5 or greater upon graduation to be eligible for the degree.