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Requirements

Online Application System
Software Requirements
Online Application Components
General Information I
General Information II
Transcripts
GPA
Recommendations
Postal Service Letters of Recommendation
Online Letters of Recommendation
Essay
Test Scores
Application Fee
Application Status Check


Online Application System

The PhD Office asks all applicants to utilize our online application. Our web-based application will allow you to submit an application via the Internet. You must submit all parts of the application online other than the letters of recommendation, which may either be sent by postal service or submitted through the online application. Official transcripts and test scores are not required to be sent for an initial screening. Please only send in official copies if requested.

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Software Requirements

This application has been tested for compatibility on Microsoft Internet Explorer Parts of this application may not function properly on other browsers. In addition to a compatible browser, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to access certain documents.

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Online Application Components

The Doctoral Online Application contains the following nine parts. Please carefully complete all sections and submit the entire application. All components of the application may be completed online.

General Information I
General Information II
Transcripts

Recommendations Online or postal service optional.
Educational History
The Honor Pledge
Application Fee

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General Information I

Please fill out the entire template including your name and contact information, present mailing address, and permanent home address. The Doctoral Program may use any and all information submitted should it be necessary to reach you during the review process.

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General Information II

Please fill out the entire template.

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Transcripts

The Doctoral Program does not initially require official transcripts for the first rounds of review. If necessary, we will ask you for transcripts from each of the colleges and universities you have attended as a registered student (regardless of the number of courses taken), including summer school, night school, etc.

International Students: If you were educated in a country where original transcripts are not in English, if asked, you must send both an official transcript in the original language and a certified English translation along with proof of graduation. Columbia Business School does not endorse or recommend any individual provider of translation services.

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GPA

Please use this table to calculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale:

4.0 Scale A-F 100-0 1-5 Four Passing Grades Three Passing Grades
4.0 A+ 90-100 1 highest passing grade highest passing grade
4.0 A        
3.7 A-        
3.3 B+ 80-89 2 second highest passing grade middle passing grade
3.0 B        
2.7 B-        
2.3 C+ 70-79 3 third highest passing grade lowest passing grade
2.0 C        
1.7 C-        
1.3 D+ 60-69 4 lowest passing grade ---
1.0 D        
0.7 D-        
0.0 F below 60 5 failing grade failing grade

The grade-point average (GPA) incorporates the grades for all terms of academic work completed. The GPA includes all courses for which you received credit or that were recognized for credit by your degree-granting institution.

If your undergraduate institution provides you with a cumulative grade-point average on the 4.0 scale, enter your grade-point average (rounded to the nearest tenth) in the appropriate box. Round scores to two significant digits, with hundredths values of five and above rounding up. A grade-point average of 3.25, for example, would be rounded to 3.3, while a score of 3.24 would be rounded to 3.2.

If your school does not use the 4.0 scale as shown in column 1 of the grading system conversion table on this page, you will need to convert your school's grading system to the 4.0 scale. Use the table to calculate your grade-point average from each school you attended. For example, if your institution grades on an HH, H, P, LP, F scale (four passing grades), HH=4.0, H=3.3, P=2.3, LP=1.3, F=0. If your school does not use any of the scales listed above, please make a reasonable and conservative approximation of what your GPA would be on a 4.0 scale.

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Recommendations

The Doctoral Program requires two letters of recommendation, preferably academic. These letters should be written by professors (preferably senior professors) who are in the department in which you did the major part of your study and who are well acquainted with your work. If you have had a year or more of full-time experience in research since graduation, one of the two letters may be a recommendation from a supervisor. When applying through the Online Application, the letters of recommendations may either be sent by postal service or submitted online.

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Postal Service Letters of Recommendation

If you use the postal service to deliver your recommendation letters that belong to your online application, send them to:

Columbia Business School
Doctoral Program
311 Uris Hall
3022 Broadway, MC 9133
New York, NY 10027-6902

Be sure to clearly print your user login and indicate that you are an online applicant on the outside of the envelope.

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Online Letters of Recommendation

Applicants who choose to submit their recommendations online should do as follows: Your recommenders should provide your recommendations electronically. If you choose this option, please confirm your recommender's willingness to complete a web-based recommendation form. Then fill out all information in the form provided. When you check the box to send a recommendation request electronically and submit this form, an e-mail will be sent to the specified recommender(s) with instructions for completing your recommendation. If you wish to waive your right to examine a recommendation, check the appropriate box before submitting the request. Once recommenders have been sent this e-mail, you will not be able to modify their information. After your recommender has submitted their comments electronically you will receive an e-mail notification.

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Essay

The Doctoral Program is interested in your reasons for pursuing doctoral studies. Please describe them in an essay ranging from 500-700 words. Include the major field area to which you are applying (Accounting; Decision, Risk and Operations; Finance and Economics; Management; or Marketing).

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Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. Please self-report your score when completing this application. If admitted, you must submit an official score report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). We will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application. We will not, however, combine sub-scores from multiple exams into a composite score. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.

Thorough English competency is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an English language university are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Be sure to self-report your TOEFL score when completing your application. In addition, you must submit an official score report. We will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application. We will not, however, combine sub-scores from multiple exams into a composite score. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. The institution code of all tests for the Columbia Business School Doctoral Program is 2141. For more information, contact the Doctoral Program.

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Application Fee

The online application fee for the Columbia Business School Doctoral Program is $100 USD. This fee applies to both applicants who were educated in the United States and applicants who were educated in other countries. You may pay online through our application system by credit card. You will be prompted to enter your credit card information when you are ready to submit your completed application.

We do not offer fee waivers.

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Application Status Check

Once you have submitted your application, you can track the status of your application by returning to this site, logging in using your username and password, and following the "Application Status" link. Three weeks after submission, you may access your application status online.

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Doctoral Program News

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

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For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 5, 2014
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Master of Science in Financial Economics

For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 5, 2014
Regular Decision: Feb 2, 2014

Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering

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

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Deadline: 01/05/14

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Deadline: 02/02/14

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Deadline: 02/02/14

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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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