Independent Study (for EMBA students only)

The Independent Study is available to students who would like to explore a specific area of research; the nature and extent of this independent study are determined by the student and a faculty sponsor.

Students are expected to commit to the original project plan approved by the faculty sponsor; any change to the topic or scope of the project must be agreed to by the professor. Students who fail to obtain this approval risk not receiving academic credit for the course.

The student may register for an independent study worth either 1.5 or 3 credits. No more than six credits of Independent Study will be counted toward the MBA degree.

If you are an EMBA student, please use the form below to submit an Independent Study application. 

The Faculty Directory can be searched by name, division or area of expertise, and is a useful resource when exploring possible faculty sponsors. Students should contact faculty directly with inquiries about sponsorship.  Please note that adjunct faculty members must be teaching in the semester that they supervise an Independent Study.

The application deadline for Summer 2017 is May 18th.  If you have any questions, please email EMBA-ASA@gsb.columbia.edu.

If you are a full-time MBA student, do not use the form below. Please refer to this page for application instructions.

Executive MBA Independent Study

Regulations Governing Registration

  • You are expected to commit to the original project plan approved by the faculty sponsor. Any change to the topic or scope of the project must be agreed to by the professor. If you fail to obtain this approval, you risk not receiving academic credit for the course.
  • You may count a combined maximum of 6 credits of Independent Study, Cross-Cultural Seminar, and graduateā€level courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree requirements.
  • Please be aware that the faculty sponsor may require a more detailed proposal in addition to this form.

Please upload correspondence (i.e. email) from the faculty agreeing to be your sponsor below. The sponsor's email address must be visible in the attachment.

This email confirms that your faculty sponsor agrees to supervise the Independent Study project described in this application and submit the final grade via SSOL when the project is completed.
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