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Prospective Students

There is no formal application process for the Private Equity Program; students wishing to study private equity at Columbia Business School should apply to the MBA program. Once admitted, students may select among the private equity and venture capital course offerings to complement the broad management training offered by the MBA core curriculum.

Current private equity and venture capital students as well as Private Equity Program staff members are happy to answer your questions about the Private Equity Program, but please be aware that these contacts do not affect your chances of acceptance.

Contact MBA Admissions for general materials on the Columbia Business School MBA degree program. If you have specific questions on the Private Equity Program, please contact

New Research

No Free Shop: Why Target Companies in MBOs and Private Equity Transactions Sometimes Choose Not to Buy ‘Go Shop’ Options

By Charles W. Calomiris, Donna M. Hitscherich and Adonis Antoniades

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