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Why a Columbia MBA?

Get your MBA in the world's most dynamic business community.
Here are five reasons why Columbia should be your first choice for an MBA program. It starts with Columbia's stellar academic reputation. A Columbia MBA is like having a pre-stamped passport to a successful future. And whether you are championing the next big business idea or want to learn the skills of successful self-starters, a culture of entrepreneurship reigns on campus.
We place a high value on our community to strengthen and diversify your thinking on business challenges. Add to that the lifetime gains of a global alumni network ready to advise and aid you throughout your career. And lastly, you cannot underestimate the value of the interconnectedness of New York City with Columbia Business School.

Academic Excellence

In all our academic divisions, Columbia Business School draws professors and students from the best of the best. From groundbreaking research to partnerships with business leaders and top institutions to changing the course of public discourse, Columbia Business School has been at the forefront of business education for nearly 100 years.

A Columbia MBA in Practice

The collaborative and comprehensive education of a Columbia MBA prepares students for a wide range of careers, helping to develop the tools and leadership abilities necessary for success in any field — both immediately following graduation and years down the line.


Take one look around Uris Hall and you will see the world reflected in our culture and the content of our work. Students come to Columbia from all parts of the world and bring with them every kind of business experience, from hedge funds to marketing to nonprofits and so much more. Our unparalleled relationship with New York City also opens doors to a wider world of opportunity.

Community at Columbia

Columbia Business School’s innovative cluster system and meticulously selected learning teams help to create a supportive and close-knit community that lasts well beyond graduation.

New York City

Columbia’s location in New York City cannot be underestimated when choosing an MBA program. The city fuels so much of what happens at the School, and the School feeds back into the city with current students, new graduates, and visiting faculty.

New York, New York

Columbia Business School isn’t just located in New York — it’s enmeshed in it. From practitioners who double as professors to events with CEOs and a wealth of career opportunities across sectors, Columbia uses the city as its teaching assistant.

Lifetime Gains

No business school alumni network is more accessible than Columbia's. Over 40,000 strong, our alumni work in more than 100 countries, often at the very top of their fields. Their passion for the School is reflected in the time they give to current students through mentoring, lectures, internships, and so much more.

Did you Know?


of 2013 graduates reported their job satisfaction as a 4 or 5 on a scale of 5



was the median base salary for graduates in 2013



At the very heart of our philosophy is the entrepreneurial mindset. Our courses will teach you to emphasize your individual initiative and bring those skills to bear on any business path you choose. The MBA program focuses on identifying, valuing, and capturing opportunity. Virtually all business leaders will depend on these skills, whether as entrepreneurs, consultants, financiers, or CEOs.

The Entrepreneurial Community

Coleman Skeeter '12 talks about the entrepreneurial community at Columbia Business School.


Columbia has stayed at the forefront of business education for so long, in part by constantly innovating: in our research, our teaching, and in our connection with the business world. New York City is a global center for innovation, and that helps us stay up to date on the latest in innovation theory and practice. Because we understand how and when the business world is shifting, we regularly introduce new programs to better prepare our students for success in a rapidly changing landscape.

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Strategic Intuition Consulting Lab

The Strategic Intuition Consulting Lab, a master class led by Professor William Duggan, teaches a research-based innovation method and guides student teams through applying the method in real projects for major companies.

Full-Time MBA Program

Employers know that Columbia graduates are ready to hit the ground running with the practical skills and strategic thinking they learned from our transformative curriculum.

Full-Time MBA Program >


Executives who come to Columbia know they can learn more, achieve more, and are ready to put their careers on the fast track.

Executive MBA Program >

Doctoral Program

Shape the future of research, management, and business with a doctorate from Columbia Business School.

PhD Program >


Master of Science Program

For students who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in a targeted area of study.

MS Program >


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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: 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

Did you Know?


of the 2014 incoming class were non-US citizens



alumni in the Columbia Business School network


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