Quick Stats

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  • Program Cost
    $123,108
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Selectivity
    18%
  • Job Offers
    97%
  • Average Salary
    $116,153
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
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Uris Hall, Room 216
New York, New York 10027, United States
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Best B-School Road Trip: Columbia Business School

Bloomberg Businessweek's Jeniece Pettitt and Rachel Crane go uptown to New York City's Columbia Business School to see what makes it one of the top business programs in America.

About Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School seeks to provide a truly global business education that lasts and evolves over a lifetime, preparing students for strong leadership in any industry. Our cutting-edge curriculum bridges pioneering academic theory with industry practice, imparting not only functional skills but also the entrepreneurial mindset required to recognize and capture opportunity in a competitive business environment. The School offers MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees, as well as non-degree executive education programs. For more information, visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.

Events Calendar

  • Oct 27
    Leading Strategic Growth and Change

    New York, NY

    Leading Strategic Growth and Change is a five-day program focused on the process of finding opportunities, launching new ventures, and leading necessary organizational changes to revitalize an organization. Participants learn how to thrive in rapidly changing and highly uncertain environments, gain insight into a current pressing change initiative within their own organization, and immediately begin to apply the learning to make rapid progress on the issue.

  • Oct 28
    Pricing Analytics

    New York, NY

    Pricing Analytics is a two-day program focused on teaching executives how to use business analytics to understand your customers and determine the right prices and products to target them.  Participants will learn how to develop this as a key business capability and understand why pricing analytics needs to be incorporated into an effective business process and linked to corporate strategy in order to be effective.

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About Columbia University

Admissions: Can I get in?

Post-Grad Work Experience
  • Average
  • Median
  • Middle 80%
Admissions Selectivity
18% Columbia Business School 46% Average Across All Schools

Average GMAT Score
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 5,765
18% 18.0
0% 0.0
Female
0%
International
0%
Re-Applicants
9% 9
27% 27
Top Undergrad Majors
Top 5 Feeder Colleges for Accepted
Importance of Application Elements
  • GMAT Scores Very Important
  • Resume / Work Experience Very Important
  • Application Essay Very Important
  • Interviews Very Important
  • Recommendations Very Important
  • GPA / Undergrad Transcripts Very Important
GMAT Scores
  • All Applicants
  • Accepted
770 to 800
0%
0%
740 to 769
0%
0%
710 to 739
0%
0%
680 to 709
0%
0%
650 to 679
0%
0%
620 to 649
0%
0%
590 to 619
0%
0%
560 to 589
0%
0%
530 to 559
0%
0%
500 to 529
0%
0%
Under 500
0%
0%
English Language Requirements
English Proficiency Required: Yes
Minimum English Proficiency Score: No
Accepted Tests
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test

Careers: Will I find a job?

Financial Services 43%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 21%
  • Technology 12%
  • Consumer Products 7%
McKinsey & Company 27
Top Employer
  • Boston Consulting Group 16
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. 16
  • Citi 13
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
97% Columbia Business School 85% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
85% 85
64% 63.699022556390986
85% Receive Offers
75% 75
58% 57.85206896551723
75% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
12% 12
21% 21.110859375
12% Receive Offers
16% 16
25% 24.93132867132867
16% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
2% 2
5% 5.492558139534883
2% Receive Offers
3% 3
7% 7.091818181818181
3% Accept Offers
73% Graduates seeking full-time employment
15% Graduates not seeking employment
Top Employers / Number Hired
  • McKinsey & Company 27
  • Boston Consulting Group 16
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. 16
  • Citi 13
  • Amazon 11
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
23% 23
$128,269.00
70K 200K
Finance/Accounting
44% 44
$115,167.00
60K 310K
General Management
2% 2
$112,667.00
57K 230K
Human Resources
0% 0
$100,000.00 Data not provided
Marketing/Sales
11% 11
$106,033.00
65K 240K
Information Technology
2% 1.5
$110,500.00
90K 135K
Operations/Logistics
1% 1
$97,400.00
87K 120K
Other
17% 17
$110,902.00
44K 225K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
21% 21
$129,457.00
70K 200K
Consumer Products
7% 7
$99,702.00
59K 180K
Financial Services
43% 43
$114,964.00
60K 310K
Manufacturing
1% 1
$108,000.00
80K 150K
Media/Entertainment
3% 3
$108,545.00
65K 170K
Non-profit
0% 0
$50,500.00
44K 57K
Petroleum/Energy
1% 1
$137,200.00
100K 230K
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
2% 2
$104,889.00
55K 125K
Real Estate
4% 4
$117,563.00
80K 180K
Technology
12% 12
$114,864.00
65K 240K
Other
6% 5.5
$106,308.00
50K 210K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
1% 1
$85,000.00
70K 100K
More than one year, up to three years
11% 11
$109,928.00
60K 140K
More than five years
37% 37
$117,655.00
50K 310K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
Other Income for Most Recent Graduates

Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Industry

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Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Job Function

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Top Companies with Interns / Hired
  • McKinsey & Co. 27
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. 18
  • Google 14
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 14
  • Deloitte Consulting 13
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 96
Annual Job Searching Trips by the School
  • Los Angeles Study Trip
  • London Banking Trip
  • International Development/Washington, DC
  • Hong Kong Finance Trip

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $123,108
  • Budget $93,288
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $123,108
  • Budget $93,288
28 Full Tuition Scholarships
51% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
57% 57
51% 51
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
Total aid distributed for the upcoming year
Basic scholarships awarded
  • Financial Need
  • Academic Merit
  • A Combination Of Need And Merit
Loans
  • Loan guarantee policy No
  • Max loan guarantee per year
  • Average post-graduation debt
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Academics: What will I learn?

Students in Core Classes
66 Columbia Business School 44 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Case study
40% 40
Lectures
38% 38
Team project
15% 15
Top Areas of Study
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
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Concentrations and Specializations
  • Accounting
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Media/Entertainment
  • Operations Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Social Enterprise, Decision & Risk Analysis, Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Management, Value Investing, Private Equity, Retail & Luxury Goods
Master Degree Programs
  • Finance
  • Marketing
Joint Degree Programs
  • MBA/JD (Law)
  • MBA/MD (Medicine)
  • MBA/MS (Science)
  • MBA/MSN (Nursing)
  • Other
Requirements for Graduation
  • Students must have attended a minimum number of classes
  • Students must have earned a pre-determined GPA/Letter grade average
  • Other
Program Logistics
  • Program length (in months) 21
  • Distance learning No
Technology Improvements
  • Recent improvements include a redesign and launch of a new CBS website to enhance online presence and accessibility to our brand; a more robust and secured wireless infrastructure providing increased reliable connectivity, greater accessibility, and support for multiple concurrent devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone); an easily accessible guest wireless network for visitors requiring no advance arrangements to use; and expansion of computing assets of the Behavioral Labs to enhance research capabilities.

Students: Who are my classmates?

10% Married Students 36% International Students
36% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
Student Citizenship
North America
67% 67
Dual Citizen
14% 14
Asia
12% 12
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Business Ethics
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/NetImpact
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • High Tech
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Banking
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • New Media
  • Nonprofit
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black MBA Association
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
  • Hispanic Student Organization
  • International Club
  • Partners/Family
  • Volunteer
  • Wine
  • Women in MBA
  • Other

Alumni: How strong is my network?

41,470 Living MBA Alumni 37 Countries where alumni clubs exist
69 Active alumni clubs
16% Participating in gift donations Yes Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.