Degree Requirements

The master of business administration degree program at Columbia Business School, for the class of 2016 onward, consists of 18 credits of required core coursework and a minimum of 42 credits of elective courses. No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA program. For the class of 2015, the program consists of 19.5 credits of required core coursework and a minimum of 40.5 credits of elective courses.

Students who exempt out of core courses replace them with electives to fulfill the MBA requirement of 60 academic points taken in residence at the School. Fifty-four of these credits must consist of Business School courses. Students may count a combined maximum of six credits of independent study, cross-cultural seminar, and courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree.

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

Review our academic standards for minimum GPA requirements.

Requirements differ for dual degree programs.

Both domestic and international one-term exchange programs are offered to third- and fourth-term full-time MBA students through the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business

 

Full-Time MBA Program Outline (Class of 2016 onward)

Pre-term
B6500 Lead: People, Teams, Organizations (1.5)

First Term (15 pts.)
B6101 Business Analytics (1.5)
B6001 Accounting I: Financial Accounting (3)
B6300 Corporate Finance (3)
B6201 Global Economic Environment (1.5)
B6100 Managerial Statistics (1.5)
B6200 Managerial Economics (1.5)
B6601 Marketing (1.5)
B6502 Strategy Formulation (1.5)

Second Term (15 pts.)
B6102 Operations Management (1.5)
1 Half-Term Elective (1.5)
4 Full-Term Electives (3 each)

Third Term
Electives (15 pts.)

Fourth Term
Electives (15 pts.)

 

Full-Time MBA Program Outline (Class of 2015)

Pre-term
B6500 Lead: People, Teams, Organizations (1.5)

First Term (15 pts.)
B6101 Business Analytics (1.5)
B6001 Accounting I: Financial Accounting (3)
B6300 Corporate Finance (3)
B6201 Global Economic Environment (1.5)
B6100 Managerial Statistics (1.5)
B6200 Managerial Economics (1.5)
B6601 Marketing: Innovation through Customer Centricity, Part I (1.5)
B6502 Strategy Formulation (1.5)

Second Term (15 pts.)
B6102 Operations Management (1.5)
B6602 Marketing: Innovation through Customer Centricity, Part II (1.5)
2 Half-Term Electives (1.5 each)
3 Full-Term Electives (3 each)

Third Term
Electives (15 pts.)

Fourth Term
Electives (15 pts.)