Terms and Conditions

Admissions Qualifications: Successful candidates should have managerial experience and responsibilities matching a program’s “Participant Profile” description.

Deadlines: Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is recommended as programs do reach capacity.

Applications: Enroll or apply for programs directly on the program pages. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your enorllment or application. Upon acceptance, you will receive an additional e-mail with a link to your invoice (if applicable). All tuition and fees must be paid before the program begins.

Cancellation Policy

All withdrawal, transfer, and substitution notifications must be sent in writing via email to execed@gsb.columbia.edu. A full refund may only be obtained if notification is received at least 30 days prior to the program start date. Due to program preparation and administration costs, any withdrawals or requests for transfers or deferrals received less than 30 days prior to the program start date are subject to penalty fees as described below:

  • More than 30 days notice: 0% Cancellation or Transfer Penalty
  • 14 to 30 days notice: 30% Cancellation or 15% Transfer Penalty
  • Less than 14 days notice: 50% Cancellation or 25% Transfer Penalty

Columbia Business School Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

Substitutions: All participant substitutions are subject to the sole discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education. Requests must be submitted in advance of the program start date and will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on participant qualifications and lead time needed for any program pre-work and administration.

Transfers: Transfer requests must indicate the new dates and/or new program the participant wishes to attend. Transfers are valid only within one year of the original program start date.

Transfer Balance:  Any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Columbia Business School Executive Education program within one year of the program date. After one year, the balance is nonrefundable.*

Full tuition is nonrefundable under these conditions:

  1. The registrant or substitute does not enroll in another program within one year** of the original start date, and/or
  2. The registrant or substitute defers or transfers more than two times.

CourseHorse: If you purchased a class through CourseHorse, then their Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.


*Columbia Business School Executive Education is not responsible for travel or related costs under any circumstances. Participants may want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in the unlikely event that a program is cancelled or they cannot attend for personal or professional reasons.

**For any program with more than two iterations in an enrollment year, tuition is nonrefundable after 2nd transfer.

Online Program Policies: Terms of Agreement

Permission to Use Materials
All content or other materials available on the online learning platform, including but not limited to code, images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, audio and video clips, HTML files and other content, are the property of Columbia Business School and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent, and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under the United States and foreign laws. Columbia Business School grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use the Sites. You may download material from the Sites only for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may not otherwise copy, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, publish, commercially exploit, or otherwise transfer any material, nor may you modify or create derivatives works of the material. The burden of determining that your use of any information, software, or any other content on the Site is permissible rests with you.

Modifications to Site
Columbia Business School reserves the right, for any reason or no reason, in our sole discretion and without notice, to terminate, change, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including without limitation, information, data, text, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, courses, Materials, features, and/or hours of availability, and we will not be liable to you or to any third party for doing so. We may also impose rules and limits on the use of the Site or restrict your access to part, or the entire, Site without notice or penalty.

Online Education Research
We study course participation to learn how to enhance both our course offerings and the online learning experience. Participation in this project is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty, and you may discontinue participation at any time. Any information you provide during this program will be kept confidential. Your information will help to improve the module for future users. All information obtained from this project will be stored on an encrypted storage device and only accessible to approved project personnel. All related future publications will be free of identifiable information. The Columbia University Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Office of Human Research Protections may have access to the project. We foresee minimal risk for participating in this project. You will not receive personal (direct) benefit from taking part in this research study. However, the information collected from this research may help others in the future. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at +1-212-854-0616. If at any time you have questions or concerns about your rights or welfare as a research subject, contact the Columbia University Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB) at +1-212-851-7040 or +1-212-851-7044 (fax) or email askirb@columbia.edu.

Rules for Online Conduct
Upon enrollment into an online program, you agree to use the Sites in accordance with all applicable laws. You are responsible for your own communications, including the upload, transmission and posting of information, and for the consequences of their posting on or through the Site. You further agree that you will not email or post malicious or harmful content anywhere on the Site, or on any other Columbia University computing resources including without limitation the following:

  • Content that defames or threatens others
  • Harassing statements or content that violates federal or state law
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them
  • Content that is not your own, or infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets
  • Content related to partisan political activities
  • Material that contains obscene (i.e. pornographic) language or images
  • Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation or promotion, including links to other sites
  • Content that is otherwise unlawful
  • Intentionally incomplete, misleading or inaccurate content
  • Copyrighted material, including without limitation software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video and musical recordings, may not be placed on the Site without the express permission of the owner of the copyright in the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material

English Language Requirement

All Columbia Business School Executive Education programs are taught, moderated, and administered in English. To receive a rewarding experience, including rich interaction with faculty and fellow participants, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

If English is your second language, or if you have less than one year of experience in an English-speaking work environment, Columbia Business School Executive Education may request documentation of proficiency in conversational and written English for your benefit.

Acceptable documentation could include:

  • Degrees earned at English-speaking colleges and universities
  • A list of English-language certification programs completed
  • Results of tests such as the TOEIC® – Test of English for International CommunicationTM exam

Our Learning Solutions Specialists also may request a telephone interview.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies

Columbia University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide students, employees and campus visitors who feel that they are victims of discrimination or harassment with mechanisms for seeking redress. All members of the University community are expected to adhere to the applicable policies and to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment. All are encouraged to report any conduct believed to be in violation of these policies. The University's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University's Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies and has been designated to coordinate compliance activities under these policies and applicable federal, state and local laws.

Columbia's expectation is that the program participants uphold and adhere to such policies during the course of their program.