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National :30 May
International :30 May


 Course Level
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

196200 USD
196200 USD

Application fee

International 250 USD
National 250 USD
Columbia Business School
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715

World University Ranking

About this course

Make a far greater impact. It happens — sooner than you think. You’re earning your MBA at Columbia and suddenly you’re infusing your industry with new ideas, offering better approaches, and making an indelible mark. Here’s what makes our Executive MBA the best experience for high-achieving professionals:

Theory in Practice

Learn new skills on Saturday. Apply them at the office on Monday. How does that happen? It begins with faculty members who inspire you with new perspectives on pressing business issues. It happens when you share your own work challenges and benefit from the collective knowledge in the classroom. As you and your learning team work in collaboration, the problem-solving isn’t just academic. Get set! Your value at the office is about to rise.

Community Building Starts on Day One

Columbia’s diverse, talented EMBA student body is one of the largest in the country, yet it is remarkably close-knit. From the moment you step into class, you begin to experience a supportive community. The cluster and learning team structure fosters connection, but that’s not all. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with students in other EMBA programs and also with Full-Time MBA students. The relationships you make form a true network for years to come.

New York City Access

When you become part of Columbia, you become part of its special relationship with New York City. The city’s energy fuels our community with ideas and provides access to exceptional faculty members and practitioners. Sought-after thought leaders give of their time and talents through our Executives in Residence Program, speaking engagements, and conferences.

An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Our courses embrace a philosophy of individual initiative. No matter what your field, whether your firm is big or small, you will catch the entrepreneurial spirit — and it will serve you, enabling you to identify, value, and capture opportunity throughout your career.

Our Alumni Network Is Your Strength

From day one, you will be connected to 44,000-plus alumni who work in more than 100 countries, often at the top of their fields. No alumni network is more accessible or passionate about connecting than those who share the Columbia Business School experience. Alumni make themselves available through mentoring, lectures, internships, and much more. This will benefit you, your company, and your career for years to come.

Career Tools for Executives

Our Career Management Center (CMC) supports you and your classmates with a team dedicated to meeting the needs of executives in our program. The CMC team understands the unique challenges of EMBA students. Whether you want to advance within your company or steer a whole new career path, CMC will be there for you, providing strategic tools and guidance every step of the way.

Incredibly Demanding, Highly Supportive

As an executive, you’re used to demands and responsibilities. Yet, it can be challenging to harness your energies and stay focused on school. That’s why we have a dedicated staff member to help you navigate the program. We also offer services to make your daily life run smoothly: Free textbook delivery to your home or office, catered meals and snacks every class day, drop-off technical support for laptops, free tutoring services, and recorded and live-streamed review sessions.

Flexible Scheduling

Whether you’re stretched in multiple directions or living in another time zone, Columbia’s Executive MBA Program offers a solution with its scheduling options. Our program enables you to stay in your job. Block weeks and international seminars make it possible to live anywhere in the world and still earn a world-class MBA from the only Ivy League business school in New York City.

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Eligibility Criteria

The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

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Course Modules

  • Sixty (60) credits of graduate-level courses taken in residence at the School in four terms of study. Of the 60, 24 credits are from required core coursework and a minimum of 36 credits are from elective courses.
  • Students who exempt out of core courses must replace them with electives to fulfill the MBA requirement of 60 credits. Fifty-four (54) of these credits must consist of in-classroom business courses.
  • You may count a combined maximum of six credits of Independent Study and graduate-level courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree.

Please note that:

  • No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA degree.
  • A failed core course must be repeated; a failed elective must either be repeated or replaced by another.
  • Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher.

Students must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average throughout the program. For specific GPA details, please visit Academic Standards.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Transcripts
  • GPA
  • GMAT or GRE
  • International Applicants
  • Essays
  • Recommendations 

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