Interrupting Your Studies

We understand that after joining CBS circumstances may change, resulting in the need to suspend studies for an extended period of time (leave of absence) or take an unexpected pause from studies mid-semester (withdraw from a semester in-progress).

Leave of Absence

Students who have completed their first semester and wish to suspend their studies must apply for a leave of absence (LOA) by completing the LOA form and meet with their student affairs advisor prior to the semester during which they will take an LOA. In addition to a voluntary LOA, students may request a medical LOA or be placed on an Involuntary LOA. A medical LOA may have other implications, which will be discussed in the required meeting with an advisor. Columbia Business School is aligned with the University’s Voluntary Leave of Absence Policy and Involuntary Leave of Absence Policy.  

All LOAs must be requested by 5pm ET on the business day prior to the semester start date. All students in good academic standing have up to five (5) years from their date of matriculation to complete the MBA program.

A leave of absence cannot be taken prior to the completion of the first semester of the program. Students in their first semester may be able to withdraw from a semester in-progress; see details in the next section. Students must start the program at the entry point for which they were admitted. In the event students cannot begin the program at the entry point for which they were admitted, they should contact Admissions.

Withdrawal from a Semester In-Progress

In the event students need to interrupt their studies mid-semester, they may request to withdraw from a semester in progress using this form. This request will be reviewed and students will be informed if the request is approved or denied within one week of submitting their request. Students in their first semester cannot request to withdraw from the semester in-progress until at least one (1) class is completed. If you are considering withdrawing during your first semester, please review the University’s refund rate for withdrawals and be sure to consult our Financial Aid office for further guidance.

Regardless of the type of separation requested or enforced, students who suspend their studies will not have access to some CBS systems (see chart below), CBS-specific services such as Career and Academic Advising, or University facilities and services outlined in the University Policy. While separated, students are not permitted to participate in CBS academic, career, club, community, or social events unless they are open to the general public. When preparing to return from a leave, students must notify their advisor in writing with the expected semester of return to devise a plan for return.

Students returning from a separation will not receive an additional opportunity to attempt exemption exams for withdrawn, incomplete courses or Core courses not yet attempted, as this opportunity occurs in advance of matriculation.

SYSTEM ACCESS WHILE ON LOA or Withdrawn? SYSTEM ACCESS WHILE on LOA or Withdrawn?

BOSS

No

Starfish

No

Canvas - historical classes

Yes

Slack

Yes

Canvas - audit new classes

No

CampusGroups

No

CBS Directory

Yes

Qualtrics

Yes

COIN

No

Watson Study Room Reservation

No

GSB Email

Yes

SSOL

Yes

Tech Support

No

Poll Everywhere

No