Our Live Online Programs

Now, more than ever, executives need the knowledge and insights to help them adapt to change and solve complex problems. And as the business world has evolved, we have applied new best practices to continuously improve the experience. With our live online programs, we are taking many of our 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.

If you're interested in our live online programs, we invite you to read testimonials from past participants, explore upcoming live online programs in our program finder, or get answers to commonly asked questions on our live online programs FAQ page. Would you like to schedule a personal conversation about our programs? Contact us at [email protected].

Compare Formats

We offer both live online and asynchronous 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 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