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Applications for admission for September entrance must be received no later than January 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. You may not apply to more than one department within Columbia Business School’s PhD Program.
An application fee of $100 in the form of a credit or debit card must be submitted in tandem with your application.
An application is not considered complete until the fee has been paid. You may use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover when using our online application.
Our PhD Program is full-time only. We do not offer a part-time course of study. The average completion time is five years.
All applicants must use the online application technology. Columbia Business School’s Doctoral Program does not distribute hard-copy applications.
A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, representing a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university, is required for admission.
A master’s degree is not required, although many applicants have a master’s degree in such fields as economics, engineering, psychology, and statistics. Superior academic performance is expected. Those who hold American PhD or ScD degrees or their foreign equivalents are not normally eligible for admission. (Occasionally, an exception to this rule can be arranged.)
All applicants to all Divisions may take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
- The GRE is administered by Educational Testing Service at numerous centers throughout the United States and abroad.
- Further information about the GMAT is available from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). There is no a minimum test score requirement for the GRE or the GMAT.
- All foreign applicants must also take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS unless they received a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction.
- Test scores are only one component of the admission package, and all applications will be reviewed thoroughly.
- There are absolutely no waivers for the GRE, GMAT or TOEFL requirements.
Enrollment Commitment Deposit
Students admitted to the program are required to pay a deposit to reserve a place in the entering class. This commitment deposit can be waived for an applicant who is already a registered student at Columbia University. For those students receiving financial aid, this deposit is refunded after the successful completion of one term in the program; it is not refundable in the event that the admitted student fails to register at the School.
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Top Ten Doctoral Admissions Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions by phd students.
International students who do not have a degree from an institution in which all instruction is conducted in English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), PTE (Pearson Test of English), or IELTS ( International English Language Testing System). You may be exempted from the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS only if you have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction only degrees earned before the start date of the program of application will be given this waiver. We will not accept requests for exceptions to this policy.
We do not. Our review process is holistic and we review each transcript in depth to analysis individual courses as well as the grade point average.
We do not have minimum score requirements for applicants, and do not make admissions decisions based solely on test scores. Most admitted students score 90 percent and upward on each section of the standardized exam of their choice.
Students are permitted to apply to one divisions per application period. You are welcome to apply to one of our five divisions: Accounting, Decision, Risk and Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, or Marketing. If you are having a difficult time finding a division suiting your interests, a more nuanced understanding of these fields can be seen in the areas of expertise of the Business School’s faculty research.
Contacting faculty prior to application is not necessary or recommended. Faculty receive hundreds of emails from prospective students and regret that they are unable to respond to all inquiries. Prospective students are encouraged to learn about faculty and doctoral student research using the following the directory.
We do not require official transcripts or test scores for application to the Program. Applicants are asked to upload transcripts and self-report test scores using our online application technology. If a student is admitted we ask that all official copies of the uploaded documents be submitted and verified.
Apply using our online application. We ask that you do not send any documents directly to the School, all materials can be submitted online. Please comply with the posted application deadlines, being sure to include all required components of the application.
The aim of our Program is to accept 23 students per year (Accounting: 4, DRO: 4, Finance: 6, Management: 5, Marketing: 4).
We review all applications after the posted deadlines. However, we encourage applicants submit early enough to give their recommenders time to submit their letters and evaluations.
We do not accept reapplications requests as the application is completely online. Applicants are welcome to apply again using a new essay, and updated materials. Many admitted students have applied before and are successful because they updated their materials and showed us the progress that was made since their last application.
Profiles: PhD Students
When asked about why he chose Columbia Business School Matt says: “It’s easier to stand on the shoulders of giants if you’re passing them in the halls.”
When asked about the Program's sense of community Shiri says: “There is a tight-knit community amongst the marketing students, and the relationships I have formed have been both professionally and personally rewarding.
"I chose Columbia because I wanted to receive a state-of-the-art education from a renowned university."
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Doctoral Program News
Rivas Wins Fellowship
The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Eudcational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.Read More about Miguel Here
2013 Job Market Candidates Announced
We would like to introduce our PhD job market candidates for 2013 with a range of specialties including asset management, corporate liability, capital markets and performance optimization.See the full list of candidates
2014 PhD Application Now Available
The application for the PhD Program is now available online. Click on the link below to begin your application.Apply Now
The PhD Program Congratulates John YaoLearn More About John
Honigsberg Named Postdoctoral Fellow
The PhD program is proud to congratulate Colleen Honigsberg, who was named the Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance at the Millstein Center at Columbia Law School in October 2013Read More about Colleen Here