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We understand that in today's diverse, accelerated business world, your time is more valuable than ever. That's why we've made it part of our mission to create flexible paths to the Columbia Business School MBA. The curriculum, faculty, benefits, and class hours are identical in all our MBA programs, but the schedules vary based on your needs.

Explore your Columbia MBA.

Whether you're looking for a full-time immersion into business school, weekend classes that allow you to keep your current position, or courses that meet on three continents, Columbia Business School has a path for you. Explore your options and get a peek into what it's like to get your MBA at Columbia Business School.
  • Welcome to your Columbia MBA

    Giving professionals many paths to earn their MBA. Which is right for you?

    August-Entry MBA

    Most of our full-time MBA students will start in August. After their first two terms, they'll have the opportunity to complete a summer internship in their field of interest.

    January-Entry (J-Term) MBA

    J-Termers get the full MBA experience in a condensed 16-month timeframe.

    EMBA-New York

    Offered in two scheduling options, our weekend Executive MBA allows business leaders to up their skill sets and bring value back to the office in real time.

    EMBA-Americas

    Through modular scheduling and class sessions in business hubs across the Americas, executives from all over the globe can now access our world-class Executive MBA Program.

    EMBA-Global

    And for global-focused leaders, there's our EMBA-Global program in partnership with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong.

  • Ready to begin?

    Look at the tabs above. They are divided between our Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA Programs.

    Choose your area of interest by clicking the tab that best suits your MBA path. The panels that appear below each tab will take you through your student journey.

    This tool is a great place to get a quick overview on the curriculum you’ll tackle each year, the clusters and learning teams you’ll be a part of, and the social aspects of getting to live and study in NYC.

    Links on each panel will send you on to more detailed descriptions deeper in our website so you can be fully informed (and fully excited) about the transformative experiences to come while pursuing your Columbia Business School MBA.
  • Full Time MBA
  • August-Entry MBA

    Recognizing Opportunity

    96% of our graduates receive offers within 3 months of graduationThe majority of our MBA students will start at the end of the summer and spend their first two terms completing the core curriculum and beginning to explore relevant electives. Students will get to know their cluster and learning teams and start forging a plan to springboard their careers.

    During the spring term of your first year you will work towards landing a summer internship at a company or organization that matches your interests. Internships often help students define their career path and introduce specific skills they will need for their chosen field.

    An astounding 96 percent of our graduates receive offers within three months of graduation, many of them from the organizations where they interned. A Columbia MBA will set you on a path to change your world and the world around you.

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  • January-Entry (J-Term) MBA

    Fast-Track Your Success

    For students who have a good idea of where their career is headed, the January-entry (J-Term) MBA might be just the right fit. For entrepreneurs, people helping run family businesses, or those who already have a strong foothold in the industry of their dreams, this 16-month program allows you to start later than the rest of your class, but graduate alongside them.

    J-Termers take all the same core courses, work with the same exceptional faculty, and choose from the same electives as their fellow MBAs. The key difference is that the J-Term clusters use the summer months to complete their second term of classes and dive into community-oriented activities together, while the August-entry students pursue their internships. After the summer, the two groups merge and become one class with one goal: earning a Columbia MBA and taking the business world by storm.

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  • Orientation: It all starts here

    The strangers who stand beside you on the first day will soon become a community of compatriots who will change your life forever.

    Orientation will be full of presentations, social events, outings around NYC, and plenty of free food! You’ll be introduced to your cluster, a group of 70 students that will take core classes together, and you’ll begin to work with your learning team, a small but diverse subgroup within your cluster that tackles class projects as a team.
     

    Peer Advisors

    Your peer advisors, second-year students who help first-years transition into the MBA program, bring energy and fun to your week of activities while helping you prepare for all that's ahead and maybe even teaching you a new cheer or two.
     

    International Student Orientation

    International students arrive a week early to begin their transition into life in New York. The University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will help with essential information on visas, work authorizations, obtaining housing, and more.
     

    Networking & Workshops

    During Orientation, faculty members will hold workshops on time management and other key MBA-survival skills. Alumni will hold invaluable networking sessions. The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI), led by Professor Michael Morris of the Management Division, will hold workshops that draw on the School’s growing expertise in psychology and related social sciences.
     

    Pre-Enrollment

    Prior to enrollment, students must take a PreMBA online course, designed to facilitate reentry into academic life by refreshing and introducing concepts required in our rigorous curriculum. Additionally, we expect all students to attend the entire Orientation program. It's an important beginning to what we hope will be a lifetime of memories.

  • Networking & Workshops

    During Orientation, faculty members will hold workshops on time management and other key MBA-survival skills. Alumni will hold invaluable networking sessions. The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI), led by Professor Michael Morris of the Management Division, will hold workshops that draw on the School’s growing expertise in psychology and related social sciences.
     

    Pre-Enrollment

    Prior to enrollment, students must take a PreMBA online course, designed to facilitate reentry into academic life by refreshing and introducing concepts required in our rigorous curriculum. Additionally, we expect all students to attend the entire Orientation program. It's an important beginning to what we hope will be a lifetime of memories.

  • First Stop: Core Curriculum

    Your business school community starts with your cluster, a group of 65 to 70 students who will be with you as you dive into the core curriculum in your first two terms. Representing diverse professional disciplines and personal backgrounds, your cluster will become a second family at school. You will learn from each other, lean on each other, and help each other grow as business thinkers.

    Your cluster will consist of smaller groups of five to seven students who make up your learning team. Together you will tackle your class assignments as a group, each member bringing unique knowledge and ideas to the table. You’ll also take on Columbia CaseWorks’ integrated case, an in-depth look into one business situation from different angles across several core classes. Your team members will bring their expertise in areas like marketing, finance, or entrepreneurship to these challenges, sharing insights and collaborating to find solutions the way only Columbia MBAs can.

  • Faculty Superstars

    One of the best reasons to come to Columbia is the outstanding faculty teaching at our school today. They never rest on their laurels and are always seeking new ways to inspire and ignite the next generation of business leaders. As you take your core courses, you’ll experience cross-disciplinary teaching that allows faculty members to break down traditional silos to bring you expert insights from every field.

    The core provides you the nuts-and-bolts knowledge all business leaders should master to succeed. Your professors will illuminate everything from accounting to operations to economics in ways that stay with you and ground you as you move forward toward your chosen field of study.

  • Summer Internship

    While J-Term students are in their second term of coursework, August-entry MBA students will use the summer between their second and third terms to participate in an internship in their preferred area of business. Maybe you'll work with a tech start-up in Brooklyn or get a placement at a media conglomerate in Midtown. Many students head out of NYC for the summer and take on national or even international internships.

    It all starts with the Career Management Center (CMC) on campus. The CMC is there to guide you through all the stages of your career starting with helping you land the summer internship that could change your life. The CMC will connect you to companies, alumni, and employers who know the value of having a Columbia MBA in the office. CMC advisors will work with you to hone your résumé and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and help you sign up for networking events relevant to your search.

    Over winter break, on-campus recruiting begins with companies from the finance, media, and consulting worlds. Then throughout the spring semester, employers from hundreds of varied companies will connect with the CMC to recruit their summer interns from the best of the best. Finding the right internship can help you build your personal network, and can often lead to a full-time job after graduation.

  • Electives

    Columbia proudly offers one of the largest slates of electives you will find at any top business school— 200 and counting! Although you will take some electives your first year, it’s during your third and fourth terms that you can really break out of the classroom and into the world, diving deep into the details of your industry.

    Get out there

    During your last two terms, you will have the opportunity for incredible out-of-classroom experiences, like the Social Enterprise class that spent a month in India acting as consultants on a clean-water project for rural villagers. Or you might choose to take on a Master Class to study real-world problems facing specific industries like real estate or city planning. Students from your class will interact directly with the project sponsors to solve business issues and see for themselves how core theories move into practical applications to make a real difference for real people.

    Find your path

    Suggested course paths for your chosen field—from social enterprise to retail to healthcare and many more—can help you focus on the courses to best serve your goals. Many are affiliated with a research center or student club and offer you the opportunity to network, attend special events, and valuable leadership experience.

  • Graduate. Celebrate.

    The days leading up to graduation are filled with fun. Bring your whole family to the library for our annual party. Take them to your favorite places you've discovered in NYC and be sure to join us for "Dis-Orientation,” a weeklong celebration with dinners and dances designed to give our graduating class time to cut loose and revel in all they've accomplished.

    The Recognition Ceremony

    Before students are called on stage to shake hands with Dean Hubbard to receive their alumni pin, they may hear words of wisdom from such distinguished speakers as Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times Company (2013), or Henry Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts & Co., who spoke in 2011. Diplomas are distributed the following Wednesday after the University Commencement ceremony.

  • 41,000 + you

    Once you graduate, you instantly become part of our worldwide, 41,000-strong alumni network. From your first job and through all the cycles of your career, Alumni Career Services will be there for you. Connect with an alumni club in your area, sign up for events, or come back and share your expertise with the next generation by volunteering, mentoring, or speaking at a conference or workshop. Alumni who want to continue learning and growing can audit MBA courses for free for life. Alumni also receive a 25 percent tuition benefit on our world-class Executive Education courses for you and up to four colleagues.

    There are so many ways you will be reminded that your Columbia MBA experience hasn't ended—it has morphed into a lifetime of benefits you will enjoy for years to come.

  • EMBA

  • EMBA-New York: ROI, ASAP

    Our EMBA students are leaders in their fields who want to take their skill sets to the next level for themselves and their companies. Columbia's EMBA-New York program offers unmatched flexibility as you choose between a Friday/Saturday or Saturdays only option. We have custom-designed our schedules so busy professionals can focus on the office during the week and schoolwork on the weekends.

    While you up your game in our EMBA program, you will gain a new community of business peers and give your sponsoring company an excellent, immediate return on their investment in you. Right from the start, you will be part of a group of executives who all have the common goal of improving their business expertise and leading their organizations confidently into the future.

  • EMBA-Americas: Training Global Leaders

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    EMBA-Americas Now highly accomplished professionals from all over the globe can access our world-class Executive MBA program thanks to our new EMBA-Americas program. Delivered in a modular scheduling format and with class sessions in business hubs across the Americas, executives can improve their skills, expand their network, and position themselves to lead their organizations into the future.

    Classes meet approximately once a month, giving flexibility to top talent whose schedules don't allow for regular weekend travel to NYC. During the first year, students will have weeklong meetings in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and São Paulo respectively.

    EMBA-Global

    Our groundbreaking program in partnership with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, EMBA-Global offers monthly classes alternating between global hubs of the business world. EMBA Global-Americas and Europe meets in NYC and London. EMBA Global-Asia meets in NYC, London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Both deliver you the full power of a Columbia MBA.

  • Orientation: It all starts here

    Orientation will be full of presentations, workshops, outings around NYC, and social events. You’ll be introduced to your cluster, a group of 30–60 students that will take core classes together, and you’ll begin to work with your learning team, a small but diverse subgroup within your cluster that tackles class projects collaboratively. During Orientation, you will stay on or near campus, so take this time to bond with your team and get ready for all that's ahead.

    Meet the Professors

    Orientation will be a great time to meet our superstar faculty members, who will inspire you as you work towards your MBA. These professors do double duty in both the full-time and EMBA programs, sharing their knowledge and compelling you to bring your thinking to new heights. Additionally, the Program on Social Intelligence will hold workshops during Orientation that draw on the School’s growing expertise in psychology and related social sciences to help you further hone your management skills.

    Pre-enrollment

    During Orientation and before the start of the second term, all EMBA students will spend a block week or weekend at the School preparing for the coursework ahead.

  • Networking & Workshops

    During Orientation, faculty members will hold workshops on time management and other key MBA-survival skills. Alumni will hold invaluable networking sessions. The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI), led by Professor Michael Morris of the Management Division, will hold workshops that draw on the School’s growing expertise in psychology and related social sciences.
     

    Pre-Enrollment

    Prior to enrollment, students must take a PreMBA online course, designed to facilitate reentry into academic life by refreshing and introducing concepts required in our rigorous curriculum. Additionally, we expect all students to attend the entire Orientation program. It's an important beginning to what we hope will be a lifetime of memories.

  • Foundation First

    The core curriculum will give every business leader the basic tools they need to run, manage, and grow their organizations now and in the future. These courses are designed to show you how crucial the building blocks are for every company in any field.

  • Your professors will illuminate everything from accounting to operations in ways that stay with you and ground you as you move forward in your career. Your learning team members will bring their expertise in a range of industries and functions to these challenges, collaborating to find solutions in a way only Columbia MBA students can.

    What you learn today will be instantly applicable to the office tomorrow, increasing your value and the return on investment for your company. Your team will have access to dedicated Student Affairs staffers who will ease your load delivering your books, providing practical advice on the program, and even catering lunches to help you make the most of your valuable time.

    Friday/Saturday students and EMBA-Americas students will complete the core in two terms. Saturday students will complete their core work in three terms.

  • Electives: Over 200 variations on a theme

    Columbia proudly offers one of the largest slates of electives you will find at any top business school. Electives are your chance to immerse yourself in specialized topics with faculty members who are on the forefront of innovation in their fields and practitioners who come to the School to share their expertise from their real-world jobs.

    Scheduling electives for EMBA students is highly flexible. For instance, Saturday EMBAs can opt for a Friday/Saturday course, or take a Full-Time MBA class (many of which meet in the evenings). Regardless of which EMBA track you’re on, you’ll be able to design your own elective sequences or select from some of the School’s recommended courses for common career paths, like entrepreneurship, healthcare, marketing, media, real estate, value investing, and social enterprise.

    Your world, expanded

    When you get started on your electives, you may see a spike in your social network connections as you meet Columbia MBA students, EMBA-Global participants, and EMBA students on other schedules. You'll find common ground in your passion for finance, social enterprise, marketing, or countless other areas and make connections that will only enhance your future.

  • International Seminar: Go Global, Get Local

    Shanghai, Istanbul, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong.

    These are just a few of the places our EMBA students have gone to complete their required one-week international seminar. You will travel with Columbia faculty members and administrators to experience international business firsthand. Meeting with local officials and business leaders, you will learn cross-cultural professional practices and help build your personal international network.

    Columbia professors will lead your seminars, but much of your time will be spent getting immersed in the business practices of your host country. There's no better way to apply the global business concepts you've learned during your coursework than in a real-world setting. The international seminar is a highlight for many of our EMBA graduates and can change the way you see your career and the world.

    The international seminar happens in your second year of study and joins students across EMBA programs. The week away is covered by your tuition, but you can take additional international seminars for an additional cost. Credit for this one-week seminar is equivalent to a semester-long class.

    Make sure your passport is up to date and get ready for a life-changing week on the road with your EMBA colleagues.

  • Graduation: Graduate. Celebrate.

    The weeks leading up to graduation are filled with sponsored happy hours, receptions, and final social outings around New York City. During the final week of school students will be invited to the EMBA Gala, designed to give students and their guests a fun and formal event where they celebrate their accomplishments.

    The Recognition Ceremony

    Before students are called on stage to shake hands with Dean Hubbard to receive their alumni pin, they may hear words of wisdom from distinguished speakers from the business community. While the timing of your recognition ceremony varies throughout the year depending on your EMBA track, all graduates are invited to the University’s Commencement ceremony in May.

  • 41,000 + you

    Once you graduate, you instantly become part of our worldwide, 41,000-strong alumni network. EMBA students continue to receive full access to the coaches and job tools of the Career Management Center (CMC) for the semester after graduation, giving you time to focus on career issues without the distraction of school.

    Also, be sure to connect with an alumni club in your area, sign up for events, or come back and share your expertise with the next generation by volunteering, mentoring, or speaking at a conference or workshop. Reunions and networking events are a great way to stay connected and plugged in. Alumni can audit MBA courses for free for life and you’ll also receive a 25 percent tuition benefit on our world-class Executive Education courses for you and up to four colleagues.

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In an MBA program at the very center of business, you’ll learn to respond dynamically to any challenge. You'll gain the skills you need to succeed in a fast-moving, competitive business environment and see how to create opportunities where they once seemed impossible. At Columbia, at the heart of New York City, you’ll learn it all from the most influential figures in industry today.

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MBA
Entry: January '15
Final: 10/8/14

Entry: August '15
Early: 10/8/14
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/7/15
Final: 4/15/15

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Final: 10/29/14

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Final: 3/2/15

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