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Frequently Asked Questions

Do all of my application materials need to be submitted online?
May I submit a reapplication online?
My recommender claims that he/she has not received the automatic e-mail which is sent after I fill in his/her name and e-mail address.
My password will not work. Why?
How can I pay my application fee?
Other Questions

Do all of my application materials need to be submitted online?

You should submit the online application only after it is complete and both recommenders have submitted their recommendations online. If you've completed all parts of your application online, you must submit your application fee to us to complete the application process.

If you apply online, we ask that all materials be submitted online.

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May I submit a reapplication online?

Yes. Please contact the Doctoral Program to request online reapplication.

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My recommender claims that he/she has not received the automatic e-mail which is sent after I fill in his/her name and e-mail address.

You may call the Doctoral Program at 212-854-2836 or e-mail phdinfo@gsb.columbia.edu to have a representative make it possible for you to send the e-mail again.

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My password will not work. Why?

You may be entering the incorrect password. Some common problems are:

Passwords may contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers. They are case sensitive. The zero (0) and capital O are easily confused. Five (5) and capital S and one (1) and capital l are also easily confused.

If there is no activity in your login account for 180 days, it may be purged from our database.

You can call 212-854-2836 to verify your status.

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How can I pay my application fee?

The application fee for the Columbia Business School PhD program is U.S.$100. This fee applies to all applicants. An application fee of $100 can be paid using our online application by credit card. Please refer to our online application for more information.

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Other Questions

If you have other questions, please contact the Doctoral Program. You may also phone the department at 212-854-2836 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST time.

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Doctoral Program News

Honigsberg featured in Ideas at Work

The August issue of Ideas at Work features research that doctoral candidate Colleen Honigsberg led in conjunction with Sharon Katz.

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Wazlawek featured in Ideas at Work

Abbie Wazlawek's joint research with Professor Daniel Ames is featured in the June 24th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Ethan Rouen featured in Ideas at Work

Ethan Rouen's joint research with Professor Dan Amiram is featured in the May 15th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Rivas Wins Fellowship

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Educational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Wong wins Deloitte Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Yu Ting (Forester) Wong is one of the recipients of the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

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The PhD Program Congratulates John Yao

PhD student John Yao was a finalist in the 2013 M&SOM (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management) student paper competition.

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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 2013

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Application Deadlines

Master of Science in Marketing >

For Fall 2015 Entry:
Deadline: January 5th, 2015

 

Master of Science in Financial Economics

For Fall 2015 Entry:
Deadline: January 5th, 2015

 

Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering

For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 6, 2015
Regular Decision: Feb 15, 2015

 

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Doctoral
Deadline: 01/05/15

MS Marketing
Deadline: 01/05/15

MS Financial Economics
Deadline: 01/05/15

 

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Top Ten Doctoral Admissions Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions by phd students.

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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.

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