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Columbia’s EMBA Program attracts a vibrant group of professionals from a wide range of industries, from banking and real estate to media and healthcare. By learning, interacting, and working closely with their classmates, EMBA students gain a distinct advantage that extends far beyond the classroom. Our focus on community and collaboration enables you to learn from the diverse perspectives of your classmates, which in turn helps you approach challenges faced in your career from new and insightful angles.

Below is the profile of the Friday/Saturday class that began in August 2014.

Class Makeup

Class size: 137 (in two clusters)
Women: 23%
International: 20%
Live in the Tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area: 80%
Average age: 33
Average years of work experience: 9

Background by Industry

Consulting: 11%
Education: 1%
Entertainment/Leisure/Sports: 1%
Energy/Utilities: 1%
Financial Services: 48%
Government/Military/Nonprofit : 2%
Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals: 12%
Marketing/Media/Communications: 4%
Private Equity/Venture Capital: 5%
Real Estate: 3%
Retail/Wholesale: 1%
Technology: 4%
Other*: 7%

* Includes: arts, law, manufacturing, insurance, and hospitality.


Full company sponsorship: 34%
Partial company sponsorship: 34%
Self-sponsorship: 32%

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Application Deadlines


EMBA-NY Friday/Saturday >

August 2015 Entry
Regular Decision: June 3, 2015


EMBA-Americas >

January 2016 Entry
Regular Decision: October 28, 2015


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



Over the past 30 years, the number of organizations that have sponsored Executive MBA students at Columbia Business School as a means of investing in — and retaining — their most valued employees and thus making an investment in the future of their firms.

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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

EMBA-New York Fri/Sat
Final: 6/3/15

Final: 10/28/15

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