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EMBA Career Management
The EMBA Career Management Team looks forward to working with you throughout the program! We offer a variety of programs and services to help you with your short- and long-term career development, whether you are looking to move up within your current organization or to make a career transition.
The mission of EMBA Career Management is to:
- Consult with students in the areas of career development and job search
- Teach lifelong career management skills
- Offer access to career resources and opportunities
- Facilitate networking opportunities
EMBA Career Management acts as a partner in providing assistance through the development of lifelong career management skills and offers access to career resources and opportunities. While each student ultimately has responsibility for managing his/her own career, EMBA Career Management offers a full program to meet student needs. The EMBA Career Management program includes:
- Individualized Career Advising — in person and by phone. Career advisors can help formulate appropriate career advancement strategies and provide guidance in all aspects of career management and the job search as appropriate. See the Advising section on COIN.
- Online Self-Assessment Tools — enabling the identification of career interests and facilitation of career exploration.
- Workshops — covering different aspects of career management including core workshops focused on self-assessment and research, marketing yourself, and networking. Other sessions address a range of professional development issues such as salary negotiations, interviewing, and polishing your political skills. These are typically held during lunch sessions on program days or via conference calls. RSVP via the Workshop section on COIN.
- Virtual Career Series (VCS) — presentations accessed via conference calls and held during the week with career topics that vary each semester.
- Career-Related Special Events — such as Networking Night and Alumni Panels on career transitions.
- Career Management Library — with a range of informational resources vital to career advancement and career transitions.
- EMBA Career Management website — repository of information, databases, checklists, and worksheets for a range of career development topics, including the job search process.
EMBA Career Management
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Uris Hall, Room 206
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Information on courses and all bidding-related information (including statistics) can be found on BOSS (Business Online Selection System). To see important dates for the Business School, navigate to the MBA Academic Calendar tab in BOSS.
More information regarding independent studies can be found in the student guide, and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.
More information regarding cross-registration can be found in the student guide. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.
Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.
First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the GBA’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the GBA’s club committee.
Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.
Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.
All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.
Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on ssol.columbia.edu.
Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.