Live Online Programs: Frequently Asked Questions


What are live online programs?
Now, more than ever, executives need the knowledge and insights to help them adapt to change and solve complex problems. As the business world has evolved, we have applied new best practices to continuously improve your learning experience. With our live online programs, we are taking select in-person programs and are translating them to a fully live and virtual format, delivering the same interactive sessions with faculty and real-time application of knowledge you would experience in person.
What is the difference between live online and online programs?
Compare our two formats for distance learning below.



Live Online



Format   Synchronous
(Live, real-time sessions taught by Columbia Business School faculty)
(Recorded sessions developed by Columbia Business School faculty)*
Length & Schedule   2 days to 4 weeks
(Learn during fixed session dates and times)
  3 weeks to 18 weeks
(Learn in weekly modules on your own schedule)
Learning Experience   Interaction-centered approach
(Includes interactive exercises, live discussions, group activities, and more)
  Learner-centered approach
(Includes self-reflection journals, weekly projects, optional office hours, unlimited viewing, transcripts, and more)
Networking Opportunities   Live Networking
(Breakout groups, virtual happy hours, and more)
  Virtual Networking
(Discussion boards, optional live discussion forums, and more)
Your Virtual Learning Platform   Zoom
(Live streaming service with video, chat, Q&A, breakout rooms, and more)
(Dedicated course site with discussion boards, program materials, assignments, and more)**
This format is for you if …   … you are looking for high interactivity with faculty and peers.   … you need the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.
Learn More   » See live online program FAQs   » See online program FAQs


* Some online programs like The Advanced Management Program, Launch Your Startup, and M&A @ Columbia Business School use hybrid formats that include live session components
** Some of our partners' online programs use a different Learning Management System comparable to Canvas


What does “live online” mean?
Live online programs are fully virtual, highly interactive programs taking place in real time, often featuring small group work for a high-touch learning experience. Our Columbia Business School faculty stream to you live and virtually, no matter where you are located.
Are all live online programs the same in terms of format and length?
No. Please refer to the agenda of the specific live online program you are interested in. For any questions, please reach out to the Contact person listed on the program's web page.
Do I have to attend all live sessions?
Participants are expected to attend all sessions. However, we understand that participants may have scheduling conflicts. Kindly let us know in advance whenever possible and your Program Manager would be happy to discuss how we can help you get up to speed. We will also record most faculty sessions, which you can review upon request.
Will I need to attend the live sessions even if I’m based in a different time zone?
You are required to attend all live sessions even if you are based in a different time zone. (Kindly reach out to the Learning Solutions team to learn more about our asynchronous program offerings, which consist predominantly of pre-recorded videos that you can watch on your own time).


How many certificate credits do live online programs offer?
Most live online programs grant the same number of credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence as their in-person equivalents, unless the live online program is significantly shorter. Please refer to the program page of the specific live online program you are interested in for the exact number of credits granted. In addition to credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence, all live online programs grant a certificate of participation.

Preferred Pricing

Are there preferred pricing options available for live online programs?
Yes. Preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, please email [email protected].


Will I get an opportunity to connect with other participants? Will I participate in group work?
Our live online programs are fully virtual and highly interactive. Most programs also feature small group work for a high-touch learning experience. The virtual program experience allows participants to feel comfortable and productive learning at home while preserving the interconnectivity of an in-person program.
Will there be networking opportunities?
Yes. Examples of this may include: virtual lunches, virtual receptions, use of the chat function, and virtual office hours for you to connect with participants and faculty. Please refer to the agenda of the specific live online program you are interested in for details.


Will sessions be recorded?
Most sessions (depending on the faculty and program) will be recorded and will be available for you upon request.
How long will they be available for?
Recordings will be available for the duration of the program. Depending on the program, some recordings may have additional availability post-program.
How do I gain access to the recordings?
Your Program Manager will provide you with further instructions on how to gain access to recorded sessions.


Will there be any homework or assignments?
For select programs, there will be some assignments to complete after the end of select program sessions. Assignments will typically consist of readings, self-reflections, and brief assessments. This approach is designed to help you practice your learnings.
How long will assignments take?
We do not expect that homework assignments will take up a large amount of time to complete.
Will there be any examinations or grades?
There will be no examinations or grades for our live online programs.


When will I receive information on how to log in?
You will receive your login information immediately before the program start date. Kindly reach out to your Program Manager for further instructions on how to prepare and log in for the program.
What platform do you use to deliver live online programs?
We use the Zoom platform.