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Designed for high-achieving executives interested in earning a world-class MBA without leaving their jobs, the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program, through its cutting-edge curriculum, flexible design, and incomparable network, imparts the skills and mindset that create lifelong opportunities and enable success in any field.

To better accommodate the needs of busy professionals, Columbia’s Executive MBA Program offers three scheduling options for completing this rigorous program: EMBA-New York Friday/Saturday, EMBA-New York Saturday, and EMBA-Americas. Also, through partnerships with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, students have the opportunity to pursue Columbia Business School’s world-class MBA on three continents.

Students from all the School’s EMBA offerings come together at points during the program, capitalizing on the global connections and perspectives that arise from a diverse array of faculty members and students.

Core Options

Friday/Saturday Option

The Friday/Saturday option begins in late August. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. approximately every other Friday and Saturday. Two residency weeks are required, as is employer sponsorship of time. Employer financial sponsorship is not required, though it is welcome. Learn more about the Friday/Saturday option.

Saturday Option

With a start date in May, the Saturday option meets from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. weekly on Saturdays. Three residency weekends are required in the first year. Employer sponsorship of time is not required, while employer financial sponsorship is welcome, though not required. Learn more about the Saturday Option.


Designed for executives living throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America, Columbia EMBA-Americas is the newest addition to Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program. EMBA-Americas runs for five terms over 20 months and meets approximately once a month, in a weeklong format, primarily in New York City. During the first year, students will also have weeklong meetings in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and São Paulo. Learn more about EMBA-Americas.

EMBA Programs Fri/Sat Saturday Americas
Total number of terms to complete the program 5 6 5
Total number of months to complete the program 20 24 20
Number of terms for the core 2 3 2
Number of required core courses 14 14 14

* Each term is approximately four months.


Upon completion of the core curriculum, all Columbia EMBA students embark upon the electives portion of the program. Over the last three terms, students choose from a vast array of elective offerings.

In addition to electives offered on the respective regularily scheduled class weekends, students also take international seminars and weeklong global elective. Additionally, EMBA students have the option of enrolling in electives offered by the Full-Time MBA Program, as well as at other graduate schools at the University.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Saturday, April 4 - Uris Hall, Room 301
Special Event: EMBA Career Management >

Saturday, April 18 - Uris Hall, Room 303
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.

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Application Deadlines


EMBA-NY Friday/Saturday >

August 2015 Entry
Regular Decision: June 3, 2015


EMBA-Americas >

January 2016 Entry
Regular Decision: October 28, 2015


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

Special Concentration in Business Management

Special Concentration in Business Management

Applications for the Special Concentration in Business Management is now closed. It will reopen Spring of 2016. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Special Concentration, please take time to carefully review the program details and FAQ.

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Entry: January '15
Final: 10/8/14

Entry: August '15
Early: 10/8/14
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/7/15
Final: 4/15/15

EMBA-New York Saturday
Early: 1/12/15
Final: 3/2/15

EMBA-New York Fri/Sat
Early: 3/18/15
Final: 6/3/15

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