Earn A Certificate

At Columbia Business School Executive Education, we acknowledge the investment executives make in their professional development with two, customizable certificate options. Certificate holders receive select Columbia Business School alumni benefits and join a powerful, global network of over 44,000 alumni.

Earn Your Certificate


Earn your Certificate in Business Excellence by completing 18 days of programming over four years. Create your customized learning path, assembling programs in any or all categories (comprehensive management, finance, leadership, marketing, social enterprise, or strategy) that will best help you meet your professional development goals.

When you complete your 18 days, you will receive the following Columbia Business School alumni benefits:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for you and up to four colleagues each year for programs lasting up to seven days*
  • Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources
  • Subscriptions to all Columbia Business School alumni publications, including Ideas at Work and Columbia Business
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club

Contact our Learning Solutions specialists at 212-854-3395 or execed@columbia.edu to discuss your specific development goals or visit our program finder to map your path to your Certificate in Business Excellence.

* Excludes Family Wealth Management


When you complete 13 days of programming, with eight of those days in one subject area, over four years or less, you will earn a Certificate in Management, Finance, Leadership, Marketing, Social Enterprise, or Strategy.

The Certificate in a Business Specialty grants you the following benefits:

  • A 15 percent tuition benefit on an Executive Education program lasting up to seven days, for you and up to two colleagues each year*
  • Subscriptions to Columbia Business School publications

Contact our Learning Solutions specialists at 212-854-3395 or execed@columbia.edu to discuss your specific development goals or visit our program finder to map your certificate path today.

* Excludes Family Wealth Management


As a private business, locally owned and operated competing against major multi-national corporations with unlimited resources you have to really dig deep to look for your competitive advantages. I consider the CIBE and the journey I took to complete as one such competitive advantage. We continue to maintain and more importantly flourish despite the intense competition and the skills learned through my involvement with CIBE are an important part of our organization’s success.

Earning the CIBE is a realistic goal, really, with just one week per year for four years to obtain. This works fantastically well for candidates who strive for professional development but have limited time to re-enter business school on a full or part-time basis.

A certificate in business excellence, keen business knowledge, a network of international peers, and alumni status – I have made the right decision and the benefits personally and professionally are evident.

–Dean Blanchard, President at Robinson's Pharmacy Group


Columbia is a leading institute of higher learning and has a long history of driving thought leadership and business excellence. I wanted the best education and experience available and I felt that Columbia Business School’s program was the epitome of executive education on every front. I decided to earn Columbia’s Certificate in Business Excellence because of the added benefits that this unique certificate program offers beyond the education programs. Having this certificate will add a lifetime of value to my resume and open up a new network through the alumni benefits that it makes available.

–Marshall Myler, Director, Managed Services Tools and Infrastructure at Hewlett Packard


I think it's always great to get recognition for something. I was looking at a number of other executive education style courses across Australia, the United States, and Canada. There’s not much recognition of something that actually is very beneficial to people, that definitely stretches thinking, and gives us new tools to use. With the program I took, we touched on a lot of the areas that are critical to an MBA. To walk away from my experience with the CIBE is a recognition of that.

–Alex Harper, General Manager at Digestion Support Australia


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