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Columbia University, Columbia Business School Full Time MBA

Columbia Business School seeks to provide a truly global business education that lasts and evolves over a lifetime, preparing students for strong leadership in any industry. Our cutting-edge curriculum bridges pioneering academic theory with industry practice, imparting not only functional skills but also the entrepreneurial mindset required to recognize and capture opportunity in a competitive business environment. The School offers MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees, as well as non-degree executive education programs. For more information, visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 200
Tuition (Total) $123,108
Average Starting Salary $116,153

Program Information

Columbia University Columbia Business School Says

Columbia Business School seeks to provide a truly global business education that lasts and evolves over a lifetime, preparing students for strong leadership in any industry. Our cutting-edge curriculum bridges pioneering academic theory with industry practice, imparting not only functional skills but also the entrepreneurial mindset required to recognize and capture opportunity in a competitive business environment. The School offers MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees, as well as non-degree executive education programs. For more information, visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#13 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#4 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers
#5 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals
#9 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#12 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#14 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#1 Best Campus Environment
#5 Best Career Prospects
#7 Toughest To Get Into
#21 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 21% accepted out of 5409 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.5
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 715
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $250

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

A serious record of leadership and achievement is what distinguishes Columbia MBA candidates from other graduate business students. To determine a candidate's eligibility for the program, the admissions committee reviews academic transcripts, test scores, recommendations, personal essays, and background. Admission to Columbia is highly competitive,...A serious record of leadership and achievement is what distinguishes Columbia MBA candidates from other graduate business students. To determine a candidate's eligibility for the program, the admissions committee reviews academic transcripts, test scores, recommendations, personal essays, and background. Admission to Columbia is highly competitive, with only about 15 percent of applicants receiving an offer of admission. In recent years, incoming students had an average GMAT score of 713, with the middle 80 percent ranging from 680 to 760.

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

1

Deadline
January

20

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This Program Include: McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company, Deloitte, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Financial Services 43% $114,964
Consulting 21% $129,457
Technology 12% $114,864
Consumer Products 7% $99,702
Other 6% $106,308
Real Estate 4% $117,563
Media / Entertainment 3% $108,545
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 2% $104,889
Petroleum / Energy 1% $137,200
Manufacturing 1% $108,000
Non Profit 0% $50,500

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,290
Percent International Students 35%
Total Full-Time Faculty 152

Student Life

Surrounded by fascinating classmates and a vibrant metropolis, Columbia students enjoy a “very active social scene” both on and off campus. “During the first semester, there’s a lot to juggle between schoolwork, meeting new people, and recruiting,” but “life becomes exponentially better each semester.” From happy hours to speaker events, students could “attend at least one social event every single day of the two-year program without having to plan or organize anything.” Among the most popular events, “On-campus happy hour on Thursday is a highlight of everyone’s week.”Despite an enrollment of more than 1,000, “Columbia has a strong and tight-knit commu­nity,” comprised of students who “are very fun but also driven to succeed.” On this diverse campus, “students are generally great people to hang out with socially and in the class­room.” Despite the demands of coursework, “Most everyone is involved in the social life, from people with families to single folks.” Without a doubt, “Being in New York also makes for an amazing experience, since we are always going to new places in the city, and it seriously never sleeps.” If CBS students have one minor complaint about their environ­ment, it’s the lack of a “better library and student studying spaces” on campus. However, the school is currently planning its move to the University’s newly developed Manhattanville campus, which will address the shortcomings of the current space.

Career

With a top name and a rock solid education to back them up, Columbia graduates enjoy “excellent career opportunities” in New York City and beyond. Through the Career Management Center (CMC), “recruiting does start day one, and it will be intense through­out the two years.” However, students are incredibly impressed with “how hard the CMC will work with you as an individual to ensure placement.” To help counteract the madness of the job hunt, the CMC offers a four-session job strategy series for first-year students, as well as individual advising sessions. In addition, there are “tons of alumni and profession­al mentors available for coaching” throughout the graduate program. Competition is min­imized, and “while recruiting is an extremely rigorous process, particularly in finance and consulting, students are extremely supportive of each other and work together to accom­plish mutual goals.”“All the best companies are a stone’s throw away from you” at Columbia, and graduates consistently score plum positions in New York. The school’s top employers include Amazon, American Express Company, Bain & Company, Barclays, Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Company, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Google, IBM Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Unilever. More than 40 percent of graduates work in finance, while another 30 percent take jobs in consult­ing. The average starting salary for Columbia graduates is well over $100,000 annually.

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About

A Columbia Business School MBA gives graduates the edge in a world that demands smart, flexible, effective business leaders. The MBA program fosters an entrepreneurial mind-set aimed at identifying and capturing opportunity—the stuff of which business leaders are made.Columbia Business School maintains one of the strongest corporate recruiting programs,consistently ranking among the top five favorite hunting groups of corporate recruiters.The school's location and relationships with New York's largest firms and industry leaders create unique opportunities for students.The school boasts a worldwide network of more than 35,000 alumni,some at the highest levels of business.

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Students Say

Quite literally, few top MBA programs are as perfectly positioned as Columbia Business School. Columbia’s enviable New York City location is one of its major selling points, offer­ing “immense exposure to U.S. economy and the corporate industry.” Through academics, internships, campus programs, speakers, and an active alumni network, the school’s “abil­ity to draw from New York City resources and people is incomparable.”As a member of the Ivy League, Columbia maintains an “excellent academic reputation” across disciplines, though it is particularly noted for finance and investment management, consulting, real estate, and social enterprise. Here again, the local community plays a role in the strength of these programs; for example, “The access to ‘Wall Street-savvy’ profes­sors gives the finance program a wonderful balance between strong academic content and applicability of knowledge.” Even if you don’t see yourself managing stock portfolios, “Most NGOs are located in NYC, which gives Columbia students a unique access to intern­ship and advisory opportunities.”At CBS, “The core is really well organized,” running through all business essentials; at the same time, some feel there are “too many academics teaching core courses,” making them less relevant to real world business. Those anxious to begin electives with “rock star” pro­fessors will be happy to hear that “Columbia now has placed an emphasis on the ability to place out of these core courses through exemption exams.” While Columbia is known for research, “Students who want a practical approach to teaching as opposed to one that is purely academic and theory-based will feel much more at home here.” In fact, Columbia excels at “preparing students with strong analytical skills needed to succeed in any field.” Most professors are “excellent at merging academic theoretical concepts with real-world applications,” offering a solid perspective on how business works in the real world. When it comes to faculty, the school recruits professors directly from the New York business com­munity, with the “amazing adjunct selection” spicing up the tenured staff.When Columbia students say their school is “run like a business,” they mean it as a com­pliment. Seeing students as the first priority, “The administration is very responsive, from dealing with minor administrative issues to making the deans accessible regularly to stu­dents.” Students feel valued, and “administrators do respond to student feedback on class­room management or issues with professors.”

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Academic

Each entering class is divided into clusters of approximately 60 students who take every course together for the first year of the program and overlap regularly thereafter.A vital reference group, the clusters form a vital reference group throughout the MBA experience.Like the larger school community, clustermates provide a lifetime of friendship, professional advancement, and inspiration.

Upon completion of the core, students may choose from more than 150 elective courses at Columbia Business School and supplement them with more than 4, 000 graduate-level classes at 12 of the university's other schools, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Law, and Social Work.

The strength behind the program is the distinguished, innovative faculty that includes the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Economics, Joseph Stiglitz. Columbia's faculty includes Fortune 500 professionals, who excel at showing their students how to apply knowledge to any business challenge.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Research Centers: The Behavioral Research Lab; The Center for Decision Sciences; Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis (CEASA); Center for Pricing and Revenue Management; Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER); Center on Global Brand Leadership; Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB); Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI); Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC); Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship; The Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing; Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business; Motivation Science Center; Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate; Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy; Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics; and the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Africana Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/africa European Society: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/es Greater China Society: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/gcs Japan Business Association: http://cbs-jba.synthasite.com Latin American and Hispanic Business Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/laba South Asia Business Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/saba Southeast Asian Business Association: http://seaba.yolasite.com

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Cluster Q: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/clusterq/index.html Cluster Q, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business student club at Columbia Business School, exists to foster a positive environment and build a professional network for its members. We make a difference by increasing our visibility, educating our colleagues, raising awareness of queer issues and preventing discrimination. We facilitate networking between existing students and alumni, with students at other business schools and with professionals in the LBGT community at large.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Black Business Student Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/bbsa Hispanic Business Association: http://www.cbshba.com Latin American and Hispanic Business Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/laba Asian Business Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/aba

    South Asian Business Association: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/saba

    Southeast Asian Business Association: http://seaba.yolasite.com

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/mba/guide/entries?&main.id=618235&main.ctrl=contentmgr.list&main.view=kb.detail

  • Research Facilities:

    Research Centers: The Behavioral Research Lab; The Center for Decision Sciences; Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis (CEASA); Center for Pricing and Revenue Management; Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER); Center on Global Brand Leadership; Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB); Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI); Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC); Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship; The Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing; Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business; Motivation Science Center; Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate; Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy; Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics; and the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness

  • Study Abroad:

    Argentina: Universidad de San Andres Australia: Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne Austria: Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien, University of Vienna Brazil: Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo/Fundacao Getulio Vargas China: Chinese University of Hong Kong; Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management Finland: Helsinki School of Economics France: The HEC MBA Program Germany: WHU Koblenz, Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management and LMU-Ludwig Maximilians Universitat India: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Israel: Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University Italy: Scuola di Direzione Ariendale, Bocconi Japan: Keio University, Graduate School of Business The Netherlands: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Philippines: Asian Institute of Management Singapore: National University of Singapore South Africa: University of Cape Town, The Graduate School of Business Spain: IESE-International Graduate School of Management, Universidad de Navarra Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics Switzerland: Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Universite de Lausanne; and University of St. Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences United Kingdom: London Business School

  • Women Support Groups:

    Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/cwib

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Columbia University Columbia Business School include:

Nancy McKinstry - CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Wolters Kluwer

Lew Frankfort - Chairman and CEO, Coach, Inc.

Rochelle Lazarus - Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

Henry Kravis - Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Warren Buffett - Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company, Deloitte, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 50% $111,193
Financial Services 48% $111,808
Consulting 28% $124,125
Consulting 24% $126,070
Marketing / Sales 9% $99,286
General Management 7% $106,210
Other 6% $100,840
Operations / Logistics 3% $108,667
Manufacturing 2% $110,835
Other 2% $89,000
Non Profit 1% $84,000
Information Technology 0% $95,000
Human Resources 0% $95,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 77%
Three Month Employment 92%
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