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Executive MBA

Access for even greater success and impact.
We know our Executive MBA students are prepared to work hard to take their careers to the next level. That transformation begins immediately at Columbia. We equip EMBA students with the tools to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable and global marketplace by exposing them to the very best in business, preparing them to increase their value to their company and fast-tracking their careers.
Our program begins with a flexible, dynamic curriculum identical to our Full-Time MBA Program in every way but the schedule. You get access to the same leading professors, prominent practitioners, and core classes that emphasize big-picture business skills and foster an entrepreneurial mindset. With multiple scheduling options, and even a new program for students outside of New York (EMBA-Americas), the degree you dreamed of is within your reach.

Benefits & Features

Our Executive MBA curriculum is identical to the Full-Time MBA Program’s, and it comes with the same benefits, too. When you join Columbia Business School’s diverse, supportive community, you gain access to expert career advisors who can help you manage your work life for years to come, tailoring their resources specifically to Executive MBA students. As a graduate, you also become part of our active, impactful alumni network, which stretches to well over 100 countries around the world and includes influential business leaders in a host of industries.


In an increasingly global business environment, we offer Executive MBA programs that take place on multiple continents. Through our EMBA-Global partner programs, immerse yourself in the different climates of London, Hong Kong, and New York while studying with world-renowned experts from these areas. What better way could there be for seasoned executives to broaden their horizons?

The EMBA-Global Asia Experience

Expanding its partnership in 2009 to include the University of Hong Kong, EMBA-Global created EMBA-Global Asia, the first executive MBA program located on three continents. With most classes taking place in Hong Kong, students earn an MBA conferred jointly by the three schools, as well as full alumni privileges at each school.

The Program

Today’s economic environment demands versatility. Through a comprehensive, ever-evolving core curriculum and a vast array of electives that offer the opportunity to explore every area of business, we imbue our students with both the foundational knowledge and specialized skills essential to achieve success and have a positive impact in whatever industry they choose.

Zvi Lantsberg ’13 on the EMBA Experience

"We have some of the best faculty in the world; some of the best talent, in terms of students."


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There's no prototypical EMBA student. Participants come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, bringing a diversity that acts as an essential element of our pedagogy. What unites all our students is their achievements. Through their hard work, EMBA students have all achieved success in their careers and have demonstrated leadership potential. If you'd like to join this impressive community, let us guide you through the application process.


In the Executive MBA Program, your tuition covers more than just your classes. It also pays for your books, various accommodations, and even meals on class days. To cover the cost, many participants receive sponsorship from their employers, while others are self-sponsored.

Find Out More

The best way to learn whether Columbia Business School is right for you is to come visit us. Drop by the office, schedule a student chat, or attend an information session. If you can't make it to campus, check out one of our recruiting events in your area or get in touch with us online.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Saturday, August 8 - Uris Hall, Room 142
EMBA Information Session >

Thursday, August 13 - Uris Hall, Room 326
Special Event: Experience EMBA-Americas Information Session >

For a full list of upcoming EMBA-Global information sessions, both for EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and EMBA-Global Asia, please visit the EMBA-Global website.

Application Deadlines


EMBA-Americas >

January 2016 Entry
Regular Decision: October 28, 2015


EMBA-NY Saturday >

May 2016 Entry
Early Decision: January 13, 2016
Regular Decision: February 29, 2016


EMBA-NY Friday/Saturday >

August 2016 Entry
Early Decision: March 23, 2016
Regular Decision: June 1, 2016


All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. EST on the date listed.

Student Profiles

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Get to know past and present MBA and EMBA students and learn about their experiences as part of the Columbia Business School community.



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Entry: January '16
Final: 10/7/15

Entry: August '16
Early: 10/7/15
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/6/16
Final: 4/13/16

Final: 10/28/15

Applications for EMBA-NY Sat and EMBA-NY Fri/Sat will become available in early August.

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