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Columbia Full-time MBA

Columbia Business School
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2 years
New York City

Program description

The Columbia MBA and Your Career

Columbia MBA graduates don’t just join the workforce — they influence it, shape it and change it for the better. The Columbia MBA Program goes beyond those of other business schools to instill in students a complete entrepreneurial mindset. The program teaches students to recognize opportunity and provides the skills to take full advantage of it, all of which leads to dynamic and gratifying careers.

The Columbia MBA focuses on the following:


A Columbia MBA offers you the tools that prepare you to lead and manage in today’s ever-changing business landscape. You will learn not just theory but how to apply cutting-edge concepts to real, relevant business problems. And the skills afforded by a Columbia MBA go beyond functional capabilities. They include less tangible but equally important skills like communication, leadership and teamwork.


Columbia is one of the most selective business schools in the world. The Columbia MBA Program starts with superior students and instills the necessary learning to succeed in the rapidly changing, competitive world of business. A Columbia MBA lets the business world know that you are indeed a rare find.

Hard Work

Through a rigorous and constantly evolving curriculum, the Columbia MBA Program teaches its students how to work smarter. Be more efficient. Create a better way. Do all the things that successful companies expect their people to do.

Creating Opportunity

The Columbia MBA Program provides a distinctive business school education that is a blend of cutting-edge research and industry practice that gives you precisely the right classroom for unlimited professional and personal development. Through the Master Class Program, students are immersed in real-time issues, applying what they have learned in the program to actual business projects.

The School is committed to providing students with an education that lasts — and evolves — over a lifetime.

A Snapshot of What Columbia Business School Offers

  • 116 full-time faculty members and more than 100 adjunct faculty from across industries
  • More than 130 electives and access to 4,000 graduate courses University-wide
  • Dual-degree programs with 10 other Columbia graduate schools, including the Law School and School of International and Public Affairs
  • The resources and reputation of one of the world’s great research universities

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Students may choose from more than 130 elective courses at Columbia Business School and supplement them with more than 4,000 graduate-level classes from the University’s other graduate and professional schools.

Among the most popular electives at Columbia Business School are the following:

Master Classes

Among students’ many elective options are the newly developed Master Classes. Each Master Class focuses on a specific industry context (e.g., media, real estate, consulting) and draws significant input from the professional community via group projects, guest speakers, adjunct faculty and alumni participation. With substantial project work and practitioner involvement, Master Classes provide students with a unique exposure to real-time business challenges.

Economics of Strategic Behavior

Offering an excellent background for all consultants, managers and corporate finance generalists, this course examines the economics of successful business strategy — from the dynamics of entering an industry and the strategic imperatives of competitive markets to the sources of competitive advantage.

Financial Statement Analysis and Earnings Quality

Recent events underscore the importance of this course, in which students learn how to glean information about a firm’s current and past performance from financial statements. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of specific financial statements from a user’s perspective, particularly focusing on issues of earnings quality, as well as more advanced topics related to mergers and acquisitions and consolidated financial reporting.

Introduction to Venturing

This course challenges students to consider how appropriate an entrepreneurial career may be for them. An overview of the entrepreneurial process, the course covers such topics as characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, techniques for finding and screening ideas, entrepreneurial finance, the politics of new ventures, valuation and deal making, writing a business plan, buying a business, family business dynamics and managing crisis and failure.

Launching New Ventures

Students work individually or in teams to develop a comprehensive and effective presentation of a real business concept. Faculty, industry mentors and others help students distill business opportunities into a written and oral presentation ready to seek funding and commence operations.

Managerial Negotiations

Recognizing the critical role that negotiations play in management, this course — one of the most celebrated electives at the School — uses actual negotiations, as well as concepts from the behavioral sciences, economics and game theory, to hone students’ negotiating skills.

Modern Political Economy

Beginning with Adam Smith, this course examines leading political economists’ theoretical contributions to the development of capitalism. It focuses on the effects of international business on the development of American capitalism and the nation-state.

Operations Consulting

This Master Class is a hands-on laboratory in which student teams work on real-world consulting projects representing diverse industries and varied problem types. The course has been designed and is delivered with substantial participation by major consulting firms. Students learn consulting skills and leading-edge practices through guest lectures by senior consultants at these firms. Throughout the term the teams will interact intensely with the client organization and receive feedback and critiques on their work.

Retailing: Design and Marketing of Luxury Goods

Bringing together Columbia MBA students and the Parsons School of Design undergraduates, this course provides students with the tools to address the idiosyncrasies of the luxury industry by studying issues various aspects of the business, from design, production and management to distribution and promotion. Students work in teams on company-sponsored projects focusing on product design, communication design and interior design.

Security Pricing: Models and Computations

This course examines the development of models for security pricing, portfolio analysis and risk management. Particular attention is given to computer-based models for option pricing and hedging; mean variance analysis; multi-period portfolio optimization; analysis of the term structure; and interest rate-sensitive securities, including swaps, “swaptions” and mortgage-backed securities. Techniques include binomial methods, Monte Carlo simulation, linear and quadratic programming and regression.

Seminar in Value Investing

Designed to develop the approach to investments and security analysis pioneered by Columbia professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd, this course details the comprehensive statistical evidence in favor of such an approach and the types of investments that are likely to be fruitful targets of a value approach. Lecturers and visiting speakers — successful practicing value investors — have included Warren Buffett, MS ’51; Robert Bruce, MBA ’70; Mario Gabelli, MBA ’67; and Charles “Chuck” Royce, MBA ’63.

Top Management Process

How do general managers get things done? Typically, they work through processes, or sequences of tasks and activities that unfold over time. This course explores six top management processes: strategy, resource allocation, decision making, learning, managerial decision making and change.

Turnaround Management

Turnarounds require an integrated view of accounting, corporate finance, cash flow and balance-sheet projections, debt restructuring and liquidation analysis, and credit relationships. Students examine these concepts from the general manager’s perspective through group-oriented projects.

Admissions Requirements

Columbia Business School selects applicants from varied business and other backgrounds who have the potential to become successful global leaders. The Admissions Committee seeks to develop a thorough understanding of each applicant before rendering a decision.

We assess candidates in three basic areas:

  • Academic Strength
    The committee values academic performance and seeks candidates who demonstrate superior intellectual ability.
  • Professional Promise
    Close attention ispaid to each applicant’s professional accomplishments, as well as tohis or her professional ambitions. The committee seeks applicants whohave developed a strong foundation and / or essential skills for theirfuture professional goals.
  • Personal Characteristics
    The committeeseeks to enroll individuals of strong character who have proventhemselves as both leaders and team players. They look for applicantswho are well rounded and interesting and who have demonstrated the willand ability to actively contribute to the well-being of theircommunity.

The Admissions Committee seeks to select a group of people representing an extraordinary variety of professions, nationalities, ethnicities and personal interests.

Columbia Business School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or veteran status.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).You may be exempted from the TOEFL if you have received a degree froman institution whose official language of instruction is English.


Interviews are not required for admission to Columbia Business School. Once the Admissions Office receives a complete application, a prospective student may be invited to interview. Conducted by alumni and current students who are members of the Columbia Business School Ambassadors program, these interviews are offered around the globe. Interviews are by invitation only and cannot be requested.

Pre-Enrollment Requirements

Prior to actual enrollment you will be required to complete and pass the PreMBA online course. It is designed to facilitate your reentry into academic life by refreshing and introducing you to concepts required in the demanding core and orientation curricula. Several deliverables, which are prerequisites for matriculation, will be due approximately one month prior to orientation. It is estimated that these deliverables will take 25-40 hours to complete, depending upon your background.

All students are expected to arrive on time and attend the entire orientation program. Any incoming student who cannot meet this expectation will forfeit his or her place in the class.

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Estimated Student Budget, 2009–10 (in U.S. dollars)

Tuition (0–21 points/term) $49,728

Mandatory fees $2,330

Health services and insurance $2,422

Books and supplies $900

Room and board $19,440

Personal expenses
(clothing, travel, loan fees, etc.) $4,428

Total fall/spring first-year budget   $79,248

Total fall/spring second-year budget   $78,254

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Columbia University Graduate School of Business, also known as Columbia Business School (CBS), is the business school of Columbia University in New York, New York. It was established in 1916 to provide business training and professional preparation for undergraduate and...

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