Frequently Asked Questions

How do I major in financial economics and complete the Special Concentration in Business Management?
You must take an extra elective from the financial economics list to make up for the overlapping financial accounting or corporate finance class.

Does IEOR E2261 Intro to Accounting & Finance count for BUSI W3013 Financial Accounting?
No, the two courses are not the same. Only BUSI W3013 counts for the Special Concentration in Business Management.

Can I apply for the Special Concentration in Business Management while I am studying abroad?
Yes — a link to the application will be available on the application information page.

Are Barnard students eligible?
Barnard students are not eligible for acceptance into the Special Concentration in Business Management. They are able to take classes in the program for elective credit, but Barnard does not recognize the special concentration as a formal program of study.

What do you look for in the application?
We consider grades, difficulty of coursework taken, essay, faculty reference, work experience and co-curricular activities. The admission committee will be particularly interested to see the rationale for pursuing the Special Concentration in Business Management that you include in your essay — i.e., why you think it will be particularly beneficial for you in light of your academic and professional plans.

Do I need to take all of the pre-requisites before applying to the concentration?
No, you are not required to complete all of the pre-requisites before applying for the Special Concentration in Business Management. We require that applicants receive a B+ or better in at least one, but preferably two, prerequisite program courses in the following three required areas before applying: statistics, economics, and psychology. Students who have completed only one prerequisite at the time of application must be currently enrolled in at least one other; acceptance is conditional on achieving a grade of B+ or higher in the second course.

What should I do if I am interested in applying to the program, but I have already used the pass/d/fail option for one of the courses that is required as a prerequisite or elective course?
All classes for the Special Concentration in Business Management must be taken for a letter grade. Your options are 1) petition to uncover the grade; 2) take a different course that is acceptable (e.g., students who took ECON W1105 as pass/fail may take ECON W3211 or ECON W3213 instead); or 3) retake the course for a letter grade.
Exceptions to this policy:
Spring 2020: Given the mandatory Pass/Fail policy across Columbia University for Spring 2020, all courses taken Pass/Fail in Spring 2020 will count toward the Special Concentration prerequisite, core, or elective courses as if they were letter grades.
Fall 2020: Columbia College and General Studies students are able to elect the pass/d/fail option for one class this semester without restriction. The course chosen for this grading option can fulfill a prerequisite, core, or elective requirement for the Special Concentration.

Are there any summer classes available?
The core business courses for the Special Concentration in Business Management are not offered in the summer. For prerequisite and elective courses, please check with the respective departments. Remember that transfer credit is only accepted for prerequisite courses.

Do the business courses taught at the School of Professional Studies count for the Special Concentration in Business Management?
No — Columbia College, General Studies, and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science do not accept credit for these courses, and neither can we.

Which transfer or AP credits are accepted?
AP and transfer credits are only accepted for prerequisite courses and only according to the policies of Columbia's respective departments. Core and elective courses must be taken at Columbia or Barnard. Specifically, the only AP credits accepted are the following:

  • For the ECON W1105 requirement, students must have received at least one 4 and one 5 on the AP Intermediate Micro and Macro halves of the exam.
  • For the statistics requirement, students must have received a score of 5 on the AP Statistics exam.
  • The AP credits will be considered as "B+ or better" if the above criteria are met.

When does the application open?
The 2021 application opened on December 21, 2020. The application deadline was February 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. All application decisions will be released on March 8, 2021. The 2022 application will open in late 2021.

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