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What is the Executive MBA Program?

The Columbia Business School Executive MBA (EMBA) Program is a 20- to 24-month graduate program designed especially for high-potential professionals looking to expand their business skills in order to accelerate their careers. The program is structured to allow students to pursue graduate management education while maintaining their professional position and responsibilities.

Why Sponsor an Executive MBA Student?

Columbia Business School EMBA students add substantial value to their companies by:

  • Learning management skills that can be put to use immediately and that form the basis for career development.
  • Keeping their careers — and their contributions to the firm — firmly on track while they earn their degree.
  • Learning from faculty members who are leaders in many areas and who are conducting innovative research that is highly applicable in the practical world of business.
  • Remaining current with developments in and beyond their own industries.
  • Honing teamwork, communication, and leadership skills alongside other high-potential executives.
  • Learning valuable prioritization and time-management skills by combining work with MBA studies.

To date, more than 800 organizations have sponsored executive-potential employees as students in Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program. Leaders of those organizations can attest to the countless benefits of sponsorship, including the opportunity to build leadership pipelines, enhance employee retention, expand professional networks, and sharpen business acumen among employees.

Sponsorship Options

Company sponsorship is viewed in two ways. While financial sponsorship is of enormous benefit to the student, it is not a requirement for admission to the program.

For EMBA-Friday/Saturday, employers must endorse the student’s enrollment in the 20-month program and not only allow their employee time to attend classes and focus on studies, but also endorse the flexible work schedule needed to undertake this new commitment. It is expected that sponsoring companies will work with students to enable them to balance work, family, and study. In return, students meet rigorous curriculum demands while remaining productive to their employer.

Time Commitment, Tuition, and Fees

Students enrolled in EMBA-Friday/Saturday attend classes for five consecutive terms over 20 months. The first two terms consist of core classes held on Friday and Saturday, approximately every other week, and each of these terms begins with five full days spent in residence at an area business center. The final three terms of the program consist of elective classes offered in flexible formats, allowing students to mix and match from courses held weekly on Friday or Saturday, evening classes during the week, and block weeks.

Students in EMBA-Saturday attend classes for six terms over 24 months. The first three terms consist of core classes held approximately every Saturday. The final three terms are made up of elective classes offered in multiple formats, including weekly on Friday or Saturday, evening classes during the week, and block weeks.

The total cost of the Executive MBA Program for students entering in May 2015 or August 2015 is $182,280. Payment is divided by term, and due at the start of each term. Sponsors may elect to cover either full or partial costs.

How Do I Sponsor an Executive MBA Student?

For more information on sponsoring a student, please contact the Admissions Office at 212-854-1961 or

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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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Special Concentration in Business Management

Special Concentration in Business Management

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Entry: January '15
Final: 10/8/14

Entry: August '15
Early: 10/8/14
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/7/15
Final: 4/15/15

EMBA-New York Saturday
Early: 1/12/15
Final: 3/2/15

EMBA-New York Fri/Sat
Early: 3/18/15
Final: 6/3/15

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