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One MBA, Two Paths

Columbia Business School students may enroll in either August or January. The two paths, each comprised of four terms, merge in the fall of the second year to complete electives as a single class.

The paths are identical in terms of competitiveness of admissions, academic rigor, and student resources, but they differ in terms of timing and the opportunity to complete a summer internship.

One MBA, Two Paths
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August Entry

About 70 percent our full-time MBA students begin their studies in the fall term. After mandatory orientation in the second half of August, regular classes begin in September. Most August-entry students complete a summer internship between their second and third terms.

The August entry has two review periods — early decision and regular decision. Because we use a rolling admissions process, it is always to your advantage to apply well before the deadline.

Early Decision

  • Available for August entry applicants only
  • Application deadline in early October
  • Early Decision applications are reviewed, and decisions rendered, before Regular Decision applications
  • Admitted students for Early Decision are considered for merit-based awards.
  • Candidates have decided that Columbia is their first choice and must sign the following statement of commitment within their applications: I am committed to attending Columbia Business School and will withdraw all applications and decline all offers from other schools upon admission to Columbia Business School.
  • Applicants must submit a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit within two weeks of admission.

Regular Decision

  • Candidates may submit Regular Decision applications as soon as the application becomes available in the summer.
  • Regular Decision applications are reviewed after Early Decision applications.
  • No statement of commitment required.
  • To be considered for merit-based fellowships, applications must be submitted by the specified merit-based fellowship deadline in early January
  • Final application deadline in April.

January Entry

Students who do not want or need an internship may consider beginning their MBA studies in January and completing their second semester of classes during the summer. A January start may be ideal for students who wish to remain in the same industry after graduation or pursue entrepreneurial interests. About 30 percent of our students enter in January.

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Special Concentration in Business Management

Special Concentration in Business Management

We are currently accepting applications for the undergraduate Special Concentration in Business Management. If you are a sophomore or junior at Columbia University and would like to be considered, please submit an online application by March 2, 2015.

Before submitting an application, please take time to carefully review the program details and FAQ.

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MBA
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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38%

of the 2014 incoming class were non-US citizens

 

42,000

alumni in the Columbia Business School network

 

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