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In addition to our transformational core curriculum, EMBA students can pursue their own paths of study, choosing courses from a vast array of electives — one of the largest of any business school. These courses allow you to delve deep into specialized topics with faculty members who are at the forefront of innovation in their fields.

After the core, you'll set off on your weeklong international seminar, which provides the opportunity to directly experience business at the international level. You can also participate in global electives, which bring together students from all of our partner programs for intensive, cross-cultural learning experiences in New York, Hong Kong, and other locations around the world. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to enroll in electives in the Full-Time MBA Program, many of which meet on weekday evenings, as well as in courses at other graduate schools of the University.

Popular Electives

Advanced Corporate Finance

This course provides a comprehensive examination of selected corporate finance issues. It focuses on the design of financial policy, financial transactions, and the valuation of firms, both in the United States and internationally. Topics may include security issuance, debt policy and liability management, dividend policy and share repurchases, design and valuation of equity-linked instruments, private equity and venture capital financing, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and financial restructuring.

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Behavioral Economics & Decision Making

The purpose of this course is to inform future managers and consultants of customers’ decision rules and their associated biases and to enable these future managers and consultants to incorporate such insights in their business and marketing strategies. The seminar has two facets. First, it gives students a broad overview of important results from various behavioral sciences (e.g., behavioral economics, behavioral decision research, social and cognitive psychology, consumer research) that clarify how managers and customers make choices. Second, it investigates how these results can be leveraged to design original and more effective marketing and business strategies, and how to design organizations that are more effective. This can be a significant source of competitive advantage, because they are unknown to most managers and are not taught in most MBA programs.

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Catching the Growth Waves in Emerging Economies

This course is about improving the odds of placing winning bets in emerging markets, by thinking strategically about the waves of opportunities that arise as countries develop. The underlying theory for this course is that, in spite of the many apparent differences, emerging markets develop by following common patterns that result from similar priorities, needs and wants of consumers. As a result, development tends to follow certain predictable paths. Understanding these patterns gives foresight of which opportunities are ready to be fostered, or are likely to emerge, in which markets.

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Economics of Strategic Behavior

Taught by Professor Bruce Greenwald, this course examines the underlying economics of successful business strategy: the strategic imperatives of competitive markets, the sources and dynamics of competitive advantage, managing competitive interactions, and the organizational implementation of business strategy. It offers excellent background for all consultants, managers and corporate finance generalists.

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Executive Leadership

The goal of this course is to help you develop your leadership potential. Beyond intelligence and technical savvy, what separates leaders from average managers is a set of individual skills, such as the ability to make sound decisions under ambiguous circumstances, and a set of social skills, such as the ability to build productive working relationships among team members. This course identifies these critical individual and social skills and illustrates how you may use them to gain an extra edge in your career.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

This course is designed to be an applications-oriented course and will draw heavily upon real world change of control case studies. Whether or not the student "practices" M&A, the course affords the student an insider's look into what is undeniably a major force on today's corporate landscape. Accordingly, students who are interested in investment banking, consulting, equity research, corporate development, corporate lending, strategic planning, private equity, leveraged finance, or proprietary trading many wish to consider this course.

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Napoleon's Glance

Napoleon’s Glance, taught by Professor William Duggan, offers a key skill for strategy, leadership, and decision making in business, your career, and your personal life. Other courses teach the science of management, through analytical tools and techniques: this course teaches the art of management, through strategic intuition — otherwise known as Napoleon’s glance.

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Power and Influence in Organizations

Power and influence processes are pervasive and important in organizations, so leaders need to be able both to understand power and to act on that knowledge. Organizations are fundamentally political entities, and power and influence are key mechanisms by which things get done. Therefore, this course has three objectives: to increase your ability to diagnose and analyze power; to expose you to effective and appropriate methods of influence; and to explain how power and influence can be used to build cooperation and promote change in organizations.

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Starting and Running an Entrepreneurial Company

This course covers all aspects of starting, buying, building, running, and exiting from an entrepreneurial company. Students are exposed to varied styles of entrepreneurial leadership; they learn how to create an effective corporate culture and how to empower the people on our team. They'll learn why selling and marketing are vital to the success of entrepreneurial companies and how to implement selling and marketing strategies. They'll cover everything from raising cash, setting up a company, taking on partners, dealing with families and other practical lessons.

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Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management entails managing the flow of goods and information through a production or distribution network to ensure that the right goods are delivered to the right place in the right quantity at the right time. Two primary objectives are to gain competitive edge via superior customer service and to reduce costs through efficient procurement, production and delivery systems. Supply chain management encompasses a wide range of activities — from strategic activities, such as capacity expansion or consolidation, make/buy decisions and initiation of supplier contracts, to tactical activities, such as production, procurement and logistics planning, to, finally, operational activities, such as operations scheduling and release decisions, batch sizing and issuing of purchase orders.

For a sampling of the current semester’s elective offerings, visit Courses at Columbia Business School.

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Global Electives

One of the key benefits of Columbia's EMBA Program is the versatility of our schedule, which is tailored to the various needs of busy executives, whether they work a few blocks from campus or on the other side of the world. Our weeklong global electives, held in New York, Hong Kong, and other locations, bring together students from all of our EMBA tracks — EMBA-Americas, EMBA-New York Friday/Saturday, EMBA-New York Saturday, EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, and EMBA-Global Asia — for an intensive, collaborative, hands-on learning experience. Global electives expand your network and your perspective, preparing you to lead in an increasingly global marketplace.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

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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.

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Application Deadlines


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May 2015 Entry
Early Decision: January 12, 2015
Regular Decision: March 2, 2015


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August 2015 Entry
Early Decision: March 18, 2015
Regular Decision: June 3, 2015


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

Special Concentration in Business Management

Special Concentration in Business Management

Applications for the Special Concentration in Business Management is now closed. It will reopen Spring of 2016. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Special Concentration, please take time to carefully review the program details and FAQ.

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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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