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Thank you for considering our Executive MBA Program. Between world-renowned faculty members, a rigorous core curriculum, and a diverse and accomplished student population, the program has a lot to offer you for today and the years ahead. Here's what you need to do to apply.
Applicants to EMBA-Friday/Saturday and EMBA-Americas are required — regardless of the level of financial support from their employer — to submit a signed sponsorship letter from an authorized representative of their organization, briefly stating the terms of support. Financial sponsorship is not required, but the organization must agree to keep the applicant’s travel time to a minimum and completely release him or her from all job responsibilities on class days. Learn more about the sponsorship requirement. Sponsorship letters must be uploaded into the online application system.
EMBA-Saturday applicants are not required to attain employer sponsorship of any kind, though it is welcome.
Applicants have two options for providing the Admissions Committee with records of academic work:
1. Submit official transcripts from each college and university attended as a registered student.
2. Scan and submit PDF versions of unofficial transcripts from each college and university attended as a registered student.
Applicants who submit unofficial transcripts and are offered admission will be required to provide official transcripts upon acceptance. If there are discrepancies between the self-reported academic work and official records, offers of admission will be rescinded.
Offers of admission are not binding until academic records have been verified.
Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.
Short Answer Question:
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)
Examples of possible responses:
“After my MBA I want to join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy and power companies.”
“I hope to work in business development for a media company that is expanding its reach in Asia. ”
“My goal is to work for an investment firm that focuses on community development projects.”
Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)
Columbia Business School is located in the heart of the world's business capital - Manhattan. How do you anticipate that New York City will impact your experience at Columbia? (Maximum 250 words)
What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)
An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.
The Admissions Committee requires two letters of professional appraisal. For Friday/Saturday applicants, one recommendation letter must be from a current supervisor. If you're applying to the Saturday Program, that's encouraged but not required.
Note: all recommendations must be provided electronically. After you have contacted each reference about writing a recommendation and completed the form on the recommendations page of the online application, an e-mail will be sent with instructions and a web address your recommenders must visit in order to complete your recommendation. You will be notified via e-mail when an online recommendation is received.
Recommendation questions include:
1. What is your relationship to and how long have you known the applicant? Is he or she still employed by your organization?
2. Please list three to five adjectives describing the applicant’s strengths.
3. Please compare the applicant’s performance to that of his or her peers.
4. What does the applicant do best?
5. If you were giving feedback to the applicant regarding his or her professional performance and personal effectiveness, in what areas would you suggest he or she work to improve?
6. How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?
7. How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in the workplace?
8. Please rate the applicant’s individual vs. team orientation (1 = most effective as an individual contributor; 5 = focused exclusively on the team)
9. Please elaborate on your rating. 10. Please give an example of how the applicant has demonstrated leadership.
11. Is there anything else you feel we should know?
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GMAT or GRE Score
If admitted, you must submit an official GMAT or GRE score. Columbia Business School’s GMAC code is QF8-N6-36 and its GRE code is 6442. The Admissions Committee will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application and will not combine subscores from multiple exams into a single composite score.
Interviews are not required for admission to Columbia Business School. Once your online application is complete and under review, you may be contacted by a member of the Admissions Office to schedule an on-campus interview. Please keep in mind interviews are by invitation only.
The nonrefundable application fee for the Columbia Business School Executive MBA program is US$250. This fee can be paid via credit card within the online application system or by check. Please make checks payable to Columbia University.
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) or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). You may be exempted from the TOEFL or the PTE only if you have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. We will not accept requests for exceptions to this policy.
The TOEFL and PTE scores are valid for two years. Your TOEFL or PTE score must be valid on the date of application submission.
Be sure to self-report your TOEFL or PTE score when completing your application. If admitted, you must submit an official score report. For the TOEFL, Columbia’s ETS code is 2174, MBA department code 02 - Graduate Schools of Management. For the PTE, select "Columbia Business School" from the list of schools provided by Pearson. The Admissions Committee will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application.
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