Columbia Business School

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Contact Information

Application Deadlines

Application Essays

Application Essays (January Admissions)

Admissions Criteria

Student Body


Columbia Business School wants big thinkers who want to make the big decisions. It wants courageous self-starters who will lead by reason, not dogma. Columbia provides its students with the tools to conquer the vagaries of the real world, which lie just outside the school’s doors in New York City’s Upper Manhattan. With its multicultural culture and multinational commerce – on top of being in the financial center of the universe – New York provides students with the ultimate “living laboratory.” Columbia particularly prides itself on bridging the gap between classroom and boardroom, so that today’s research leads to tomorrow’s best practices.

Demonstrating its own flexibility, Columbia recently redesigned its curriculum and divided courses into essential core and flexible core. Perhaps the most popular new option is the Master Class series, which focuses on a specific industry through real-time project work and involvement by key business leaders. Budding entrepreneurs are flocking to Launching New Ventures, which focuses on aggressive, effective fund-raising. One ground-breaking course is managerial negotiations, which applies behavioral science and game theory in coursework. Classes at Columbia’s other graduate schools are also available to MBA students, opening up over 4,000 courses campus wide.

If you aim to be a globe-trotter, then you will welcome Columbia’s curriculum – which emphasizes the global nature of commerce. Your work on a case study at Columbia might have you traveling abroad to tease apart a problem or to gather critical information. Hundreds of students attend 24 affiliated business schools across the world as part of the Columbia’s exchange program, or they participate in one of Columbia’s language immersion programs.

Contact Information

Columbia Business School

Columbia University

216 Uris Hall

New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854 – 1961

Application Deadlines*

Deadline August Entry January Entry
Application deadline Oct 04 Jan 03
Decision Notification Apr 10 Apr 10

Columbia notifies applicants of their admissions decisions several weeks after receiving the completed application.

* Applicants who wish to be considered for a merit-based fellowship must submit a complete application by January 03 2020.

* Deadlines are for the 2019-2020 application season.


Admissions Criteria

January Entry Class Size: 204

August Entry Class Size: 552

Average undergrad GPA: 3.6

Average GMAT: 732

Average work experience (years): 5

Student Body

Women: 39%

Minorities: 33%

International: 42%

Average age: 28

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Columbia Business School’s executive MBA program.