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Columbia University’s Columbia Business School


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Contact Information

Geffen Hall
645 West 130th Street
New York, NY 10027
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $80,472

Acceptance Rate: 22%

Full-Time Enrollment: 844

International: 51%

Minority: 25%

Average Age: 28

Female: 44%

Male: 56%

Application Deadlines: August 2023 Entry: Early - September 28, 2022 | Final - April 5, 2023

The Columbia MBA: What You Need To Know

The old saying at Columbia Business School had been as Wall Street goes, so does Columbia. Columbia Business School was founded in 1916, thanks in part to a generous gift from banking executive Emerson McMillin. Eleven faculty members taught the inaugural class of 61 students, which included eight women. Columbia’s mission is twofold: standing committed to educating and developing leaders of enterprises who create value for their stakeholders and society at large.

Ultimately, it’s not only their location in New York City that enables them to train their students by way of their mission, but by their long-established place at the heart of the business world.

The MBA is a full-time program designed to be completed over four terms or 2 academic years. Students may enroll in either August or January, and regardless of which start date is chosen the MBA spans four terms and merges in the fall of the second year to complete electives as a single class.

CBS’s core curriculum builds the foundation necessary for success while electives offer insight into specialized areas of expertise. The curriculum consists of only 18 credits of required core coursework, and a minimum of 42 credits of elective courses. Versatile programs like Master Classes, the Individual, Business, and Society Curriculum, and Columbia CaseWorks all approach business education in new ways. Class sizes are rather large, 782 students this year, yet the schools’ cluster system encourages students to learn not only with but from their peers.

CBS courses are taught both by 150 full-time faculty members – thought leaders/researchers and by more than 100 adjuncts; practitioners from an array of industries who, because of CBS’s symbiotic relationship with New York, can take the subway uptown to teach classes on their lunch breaks.

Beyond the classroom, CBS offers more than 75 student organizations, its renown alumni network, cutting-edge research centers, and countless events all which work in tandem preparing students for success amid uncertainty.

The paths are identical in terms of competitiveness of admissions, academic rigor, and student resources; but only students who enter in August will be able to complete a summer internship. January (J-Term) students, having completed their first-term courses in the spring, will instead complete their second-term coursework over the summer.

Students have access to numerous conferences and industry events through our partnerships with professional organizations, on campus and around New York City. Their numerous Centers and Programs offer plenty of opportunities for travel, networking, collaboration, and professional development through Columbia University’s extensive global reach. The Alumni Edge program provides additional opportunities for alumni to take courses that keep their skills sharp and maintain their leadership and marketability.

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MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch SchoolsHarvardStanford

Match Schools: Chicago, WhartonDartmouthNorthwestern’s Kellogg School

Safety Schools: MIT SloanBerkeleyDukeVirginia

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match, and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.

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