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Degree Requirements

Our Full-Time MBA Program is designed to be completed over four terms (2 academic years). The curriculum consists of 18 credits of required core coursework, and a minimum of 42 credits of elective courses. No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA degree.

Students who exempt out of core courses replace them with electives to fulfill the MBA requirement of 60 credits of graduate-level courses taken in residence at the School in four terms of study. Fifty-four of these credits must consist of in-classroom business courses.

Students may count a combined maximum of six credits of Independent Study, Cross-Cultural Seminar, Global Business Project, and graduate-level courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher.

While students generally register for 15 credits per term, full-time residence at the Business School is strictly defined as a minimum of 12 credits. Students are permitted to take up to 18 credits per term, and may graduate with more than 60 credits.

A failed core course must be repeated; a failed elective must either be repeated or replaced by another.

Requirements differ for dual degree programs.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

March 26, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: Hispanic Business Association>

March 28, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: Military in Business Association>

March 30, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Information Session>

March 31, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: Reflections on the Columbia MBA>

April 1, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
MBA Information Session>

April 2, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: Cluster Q>

April 6, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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April 8, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: Student Leadership>

April 8, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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April 13, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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April 22, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MBA Virtual Information Session: January Entry Experience>

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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MBA
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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