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Columbia Graduate School of Business Profile

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Columbia Graduate School of Business ProfileColumbia Business School’s Morningside Campus sits at the heart of New York City, in one of the greatest centers for business in the world. If you’re a person who likes to jump right in and be surrounded by all the action, Columbia may be a great fit for you.

Columbia Business School

The MBA program at Columbia has a strong career focus, with several career-focused paths from Accounting to Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management to Social Enterprise.

In fact, many companies value a Columbia MBA highly enough that they will sponsor employees who are admitted into the program. For the graduating class of 2014, more than 12% of students were sponsored by their employers.

Students are also strongly encouraged to make use of the school’s Career Management Center, where they can get assistance with the job search and recruitment process.

The school’s New York location gives students unprecedented access to some of the world’s top business minds and most innovative thinkers.

Combined with a large population of international students (more than 40% for the 2014 class), the result is a community of students, faculty, and executives that  makes Columbia Business School an ideal breeding ground for top-notch new business talent.

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Curriculum Overview

The core curriculum at Columbia consists of two full-term and eight half-term classes covering topics such as Managerial Statistics, Marketing, Strategy Formulation, Operations Management, and the Global Economic Environment.

These classes are designed to give students both a theoretical background in vital business topics, and the practical tools they need to apply the lessons to their careers.

Columbia’s career-focused program offers a couple of unique features that allow students who are already employed to get the most out of their time at the school.

One of these is January entry, which allows students to enter the program a semester later than the rest of their cohort.

By taking summer courses, students sacrifice the opportunity for an internship but are able to complete all degree requirements in a shorter period of time.

Students are also able to replace core curriculum courses with electives by proving mastery of the topic through an exemption exam.

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Important Dates & Application Deadlines

To qualify for admission to Columbia Business School in January 2016, application must be submitted by Oct. 7, 2015.

To qualify for admission in August 2016, application must be submitted by Oct. 7, 2015 for early acceptance, or by Apr. 13, 2016 for final admission. The Merit Fellowship deadline is Jan. 6, 2016.

Columbia considers applications on a rolling basis (as they are received), so prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Tuition Cost

Columbia Business School’s yearly tuition is $63,148, plus mandatory fees of $3,531. Other fees, including student health services and insurance, books and supplies, room and board, utilities, and personal expenses are estimated at $29,789 for an average student.

Employment Info

Of Columbia’s 2014 graduating class, 84% of graduates were actively seeking employment, and 97% of employment-seeking graduates received an offer within three months of graduation.

The pool of students not seeking employment was composed of 22 students who were planning to start a business and 94 who were sponsored by an employer for graduate school.

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Median base salary for graduates was $119,400, with a median signing bonus of $25,000. Signing bonuses were offered to 62% of students.

Class Profile

Columbia prides itself on the diversity of its student body. Here are some interesting statistics for the class entering in 2014:

5,799 applicants and 743 students enrolled

36% women, 64% men

41% international students

32% U.S. minority students

46% of students had an undergraduate degree in a humanities or social sciences field,

24% held an undergraduate STEM degree, and

28% had completed an undergraduate business degree

99% of students had at least 1 year of work experience

Average GMAT score was 716

School Address & Contact Info

MBA Admissions Office

Columbia Business School

216 Uris Hall

3022 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

+1212-854-2078

Date Founded

Columbia GSB was founded in 1916.

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Amanda Carlson

Links

Columbia GSB

Columbia GSB Admissions Blog

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