Columbia Business School Executive MBA

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Student Body

Founded in 1916, the Columbia Business School has become famous for its work in value investing and its emphasis on international business. Columbia is associated with more than 13 Nobel Prize in Economics winners. Many Columbia EMBA students choose to concentrate their studies in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, general management, and marketing. Other graduate programs focus on health care administration, human resources management, leadership, and real estate.

Columbia offers an Executive MBA (EMBA) Friday/ Saturday program, which takes about 20 months to complete. Classes are held biweekly on the weekends, so that students who are working full-time can still attend. The program usually accepts students with about 10 years of work experience, and employer sponsorship is required. The curriculum is similar to the traditional MBA program. Students are grouped into clusters and learning teams to help them experience what it’s like to work in a real-world collaborative style.

Students must also complete electives alongside their core classes. There are more than 130 electives to select from. Students also have the opportunity to choose from more than 4,000 classes offered by Columbia’s other schools. Some of the more popular electives include: Economics of Strategic Behavior, Launching New Ventures, and Modern Political Economy. Some of the other types of electives can include intensive weeklong courses and international seminars.

Columbia students can also take advantage of more than 20 research centers on campus, including the Center for Decision Sciences. There are also several programs to help MBA students, like the Entrepreneurship Program and the Value Investing Program. Columbia students also have access to the Career Management Center; there is a team that works specifically for EMBA students to help provide live and online seminars, coaching, and job listings appropriate for executive positions. For students with a more limited schedule, there is also an EMBA Saturday program, which takes 24 months to complete.

Contact Information

Columbia Business School

Columbia University

Uris Hall

3022 Broadway, Room 216

New York, NY 10027


Application Deadlines*


January 2019 entry Regular Decision
Oct 24

EMBA-New York Saturday:

May 2019 entry

Early Decision Regular Decision
Jan 09 Feb 20

EMBA-New York Friday/Saturday:

August 2019 entry

Early Decision Regular Decision
Mar 20 May 29

* Deadlines are for the 2018-2019 admission season.

Student Body

Class size: 144

Women: 35%

International: 34%

Average work experience (years): 9

Average age: 32

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