You are here

Mission

Building a Bridge Between Theory and Practice

The Master Class program offers second-year students the opportunity to put their MBA theory into practice while simultaneously giving our industry partners the chance to have their business problems solved by potential future employees in a risk-free environment.

The Master Class program creates a bridge between Columbia Business School’s highly acclaimed MBA and EMBA academic environment and real-world business experience by providing an opportunity for students to put their acquired MBA knowledge into practice. In essence, to learn by doing.

The Master Class Strategy

Master Classes bring students and project sponsors together in a mutually beneficial partnership. In these hands-on, project-driven classes, teams of four to six second-year students are mentored by Columbia faculty and industry professionals in creating actionable strategies and/or recommendations for participating business partners. Students gain real-world experience while project sponsors gain high-level solutions.

The Master Class Experience

Over the course of a 12-week semester, Master Classes provide students and businesses an opportunity to collaborate on real-time issues facing our project sponsors’ organizations. A wealth of projects come to us from the rich New York City business landscape but we also have industry partners from around the world. In the upcoming school year we will welcome project sponsors from Spain and Africa.

For students, Master Classes are demanding, requiring a high level of commitment both inside and outside the classroom. Integrated learning with extensive field work will be rewarded with a host of professional contacts and real-world experience, enabling students to expand their educational experiences beyond the classroom into the business community they are about to join.

For project sponsors, Master Classes not only deliver actionable results and recommendations for their unique business project, but also provides an opportunity for hands-on recruiting by seeing potential future employees in action.

Master Classes reinforce the School’s philosophy of linking academic theory and research to business practice. With our close proximity to major industries, business leaders, and alumni in New York City, Columbia Business School is uniquely positioned to create this bridge between the classroom and the process of complex, real-world business decision-making.

The Master Class Advantage

From start-up entrepreneurs receiving venture capital to multinational corporations integrating students’ product development recommendations, Master Class students and project sponsors take away more than just an action plan — they gain new insight into the trends and issues that affect the world of business today.

Full-Time MBA Program

Employers know that Columbia graduates are ready to hit the ground running with the practical skills and strategic thinking they learned from our transformative curriculum.

Full-Time MBA Program >

EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM

Executives who come to Columbia know they can learn more, achieve more, and are ready to put their careers on the fast track.

Executive MBA Program >

Doctoral Program

Shape the future of research, management, and business with a doctorate from Columbia Business School.

PhD Program >

 

Master of Science Program

For students who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in a targeted area of study.

MS Program >

 

Surf the Social Stream

Follow the School's social conversation on our Connect Online page, which puts #CBSAtTheCenter of social media.

Connect online

Expand >

The strength of our School lies in our community, and the community connects online. Our Connect Online page makes it easy to see what the community says about what puts #CBSAtTheCenter of so many lives.

< Collapse

Watch the Video:
At the Very Center of Business

See how Columbia Business School puts you at the very center of business, where chances for success revolve all around.

Watch the video

Google+

Expand >

Since 1916, Columbia Business School has lived at the heart of the business world, New York City, building symbiotic relationships with leading innovators and global trendsetters and offering students exposure to the very pulse of industry.

Today, we continue to enjoy daily insights from the influential figures driving current practices. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their fields, producing groundbreaking research across areas, and our worldwide alumni network continues to grow and impact change. At the Business School today, we’re celebrating our place at the very center of it all.

< Collapse

The Core: Experience the Impact of Knowledge

The Columbia Core Curriculum imparts unparalleled perspectives that inspire and challenge, and connect the dots to success.

More about the Core

Expand >

The Columbia Core Curriculum is informed by thought leadership from the world’s leading-edge business environment. Our faculty's groundbreaking research influences business practices in every sector while our curriculum develops leaders who can create opportunity in any situation.

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.

< Collapse

Apply Now

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

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

EMBA-Americas
Final: 10/29/14

EMBA-New York Saturday
Early: 1/12/15
Final: 3/2/15

EMBA-New York Friday/ Saturday
Early: 3/18/15
Final: 6/3/15

Did you Know?

38%

of the 2014 incoming class were non-US citizens

 

41,000

alumni in the Columbia Business School network

 

find out what the CBS community is thinking