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Over the past 30 years, more than 800 organizations have sponsored Executive MBA students at Columbia Business School as a means of investing in — and retaining — their most valued employees and thus making an investment in the future of their firms.

Employment Requirement

Columbia Executive MBA students must be fully employed from the time of application through completion of the program.

Independent professionals or consultants and applicants who head their own firms are eligible, though these applicants will have to write their own sponsorship letters.

Friday/Saturday Option — Time Sponsorship Requirement

Friday/Saturday students are required to submit written authorization from their employer stating permission to attend class on workdays and to complete the program. Sponsorship letters must be submitted as part of a student’s application.

Saturday-only students are not required to attain employer sponsorship of any kind, though it is welcome.

Financial Sponsorship

Many EMBA students obtain corporate financial sponsorship, which ranges from partial to full support. But financial sponsorship is not required. For questions relating to sponsorship, please contact the Admissions Committee at or 212-854-1961.

Tips for Securing Sponsorship from your Employer

Do your homework: Talk to your HR department and ask about your company’s policy on continuing education. Find out whether other employees in your firm have previously received company sponsorship. If so, you might be able to talk to the recipients or HR about how to proceed. Most importantly, start the process early.

Frame the request in terms that make clear the benefits to your employer: let your employer know that the Columbia Executive MBA Program is not a cost but an investment that adds immediate value to the company. The strategic thinking, entrepreneurial training, and decision-making skills you gain — and apply immediately — will help give your company a competitive edge.

Create a proposal: cost out the time and money needed. It may be helpful to include a comparison of the Columbia Executive MBA Program with other schools’ programs. If you are willing to make a commitment to your current firm, let the your manager know this up front; the company will be more apt to make an investment in you if you do so.

Use this website as an asset: Encourage your manager and other decision makers to visit the Information for Sponsors page. Have your company contact the School at or 212-854-1961 with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Saturday, August 8 - Uris Hall, Room 142
EMBA Information Session >

For a full list of upcoming EMBA-Global information sessions, both for EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and EMBA-Global Asia, please visit the EMBA-Global website.

Application Deadlines


EMBA-Americas >

January 2016 Entry
Regular Decision: October 28, 2015


EMBA-NY Saturday >

May 2016 Entry
Early Decision: January 13, 2016
Regular Decision: February 29, 2016


EMBA-NY Friday/Saturday >

August 2016 Entry
Early Decision: March 23, 2016
Regular Decision: June 1, 2016


All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. EST on the date listed.

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Entry: January '16
Final: 10/7/15

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