The Columbia Business School at Columbia University offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, consulting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, international business, leadership, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, portfolio management, real estate, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, and technology. Its tuition is full-time: $71,544 per year and executive: $3,270 per credit. At graduation, 69.9 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.
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Deadline: Apr 11, 2018
Application Fee: $250
Acceptance rate (full-time): 14%
Average age of new entrants: 28
Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE
Average GMAT score: 727
Average GRE score: N/A
Require work experience: N/A
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What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)
Examples of possible responses:
- “Work in business development for a media company.”
- “Join a strategy consulting firm.”
- “Launch a data-management start-up.”
Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)
The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting, and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)
Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
- Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
- If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?
Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.
This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)
Letter of Recommendation
- All first-time applications require two recommendations.
- Reapplicants are required to submit one new recommendation.
If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. If you are unable to secure a recommendation from your direct supervisor, please submit a statement of explanation in the Employment section of your application.
The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can share their insights on your candidacy. If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for fewer than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities.
You may ask a summer employer or another person whom you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.
Please note that Columbia Business School and several of our peer institutions use similar, if not identical, recommendation questions. This is an effort on our part to make the process easier for your recommenders. We expect that you, the applicant, will not participate in the drafting of these recommendations. Applications are not considered complete until all required information is submitted. This includes recommendations.
We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations (recommended limit – 1000 words):
- How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
- Please provide specific examples.
- Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant.
- Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
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