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EMBA Admissions

Our core curriculum is a series of focused, rigorous, and relevant courses taken primarily during the first year of the EMBA Program. Our faculty has designed the core to give you an in-depth mastery of the academic disciplines and applied functional areas necessary for every business leader’s success.

Core Curriculum Video Series

Our curriculum is constantly evolving to meet the changing demands of business. Through our core, students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and learn a set of skills essential to success in today’s business landscape.

This series of videos will give you a chance to hear directly from our faculty members about their courses and how they prepare you to transform your career.

First-year EMBA students are divided into clusters of students who take every core course together. Clusters are further broken down into learning teams of about five to six students with diverse professional backgrounds, a structure that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration from the start of the program.

Core courses are:

Note that each core course is taught by several different professors each term; the professors and syllabi linked above are merely samples of what may be offered in a given term.

Visit Courses at Columbia Business School to read more class descriptions and learn about additional course offerings.

Voices of Columbia Business School

Get a glimpse into the experiences of MBA and EMBA students, and connect with Admissions officers for events and application information.


Discover tips on how to make the most of your time at Columbia Business School.


Application Deadlines

EMBA-NY: Saturday >

May 2014 Entry
Early Decision: Jan. 15, 2014
Regular Decision: Feb. 26, 2014


EMBA-NY: Friday/Saturday >

August 2014 Entry
Early Decision: Mar. 19, 2014
Regular Decision: Jun. 4, 2014


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


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At the Very Center of Business

See how Columbia Business School puts you at the very center of business, where chances for success revolve all around.

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Since 1916, Columbia Business School has lived at the heart of the business world, New York City, building symbiotic relationships with leading innovators and global trendsetters and offering students exposure to the very pulse of industry.

Today, we continue to enjoy daily insights from the influential figures driving current practices. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their fields, producing groundbreaking research across areas, and our worldwide alumni network continues to grow and impact change. At the Business School today, we’re celebrating our place at the very center of it all.

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Surf the Social Stream

Follow the School's social conversation on our Connect Online page, which puts #CBSAtTheCenter of social media.

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The strength of our School lies in our community, and the community connects online. Our Connect Online page makes it easy to see what the community says about what puts #CBSAtTheCenter of so many lives.

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The Core: Experience the Impact of Knowledge

The Columbia Core Curriculum imparts unparalleled perspectives that inspire and challenge, and connect the dots to success.

More about the Core

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The Columbia Core Curriculum is informed by thought leadership from the world’s leading-edge business environment. Our faculty's groundbreaking research influences business practices in every sector while our curriculum develops leaders who can create opportunity in any situation.

In an MBA program at the very center of business, you’ll learn to respond dynamically to any challenge. You'll gain the skills you need to succeed in a fast-moving, competitive business environment and see how to create opportunities where they once seemed impossible. At Columbia, at the heart of New York City, you’ll learn it all from the most influential figures in industry today.

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Apply Now

Entry: August '14
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/8/14
Final: 4/9/14

EMBA: Saturday
Early: 1/15/14
Final: 2/26/14

EMBA: Friday/Saturday
Early: 3/19/14
Final: 6/4/14

Did you Know?


of the 2012 incoming class were international students



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