Quick Stats

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  • Program Cost
    $133,135
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Yield
    70%
  • Selectivity
    18%
  • Job Offers
    97%
  • Average Salary
    $118,719
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
Contact Information
3022 Broadway
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 delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Our transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real-world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any environment. The thought leadership of Columbia’s faculty and staff, accomplishments of its alumni, and location in the center of global business allows the School to have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day.

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The community and the culture are by far the best thing about Columbia Business School. It isn't currently recognized for its strong culture, but it will be.

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  • Dec 1
    Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive

    New York, NY

    In five days of hands-on, interactive sessions, Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive provides you with a unique opportunity to deepen your expertise of finance and accounting for better management and decision-making capabilities.

  • Dec 6
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Spotlight On: EMBA Community

    New York, NY

    Gain an insider's perspective on the Columbia Business School EMBA program by attending our EMBA Spotlight series events. These on-campus panels will give prospective students an in-depth look at particular aspects of the Executive MBA experience. 

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
  • Applied
  • Accepted
Average Score
0% 0
0% 0
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 5,799
18% 18.0
70% 70.0
Female
0%
International
0%
Re-Applicants
8% 8
21% 21
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% 0
740 to 769
0%
0% 0
710 to 739
0%
0% 0
680 to 709
0%
0% 0
650 to 679
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620 to 649
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0% 0
590 to 619
0% 0
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560 to 589
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0% 0
530 to 559
0%
0% 0
500 to 529
0%
0% 0
Under 500
0% 0
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 40%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 26%
  • Technology 13%
  • Consumer Products 5%
McKinsey & Co. 31
Top Employer
  • Bain & Co. 21
  • Citi 16
  • Boston Consulting Group 16
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
97% Columbia Business School 83% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
83% 83
61% 60.97325153374234
83% Receive Offers
76% 76
56% 55.69710982658959
76% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
14% 14
22% 21.9117610062893
14% Receive Offers
15% 15
25% 25.424767441860464
15% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
3% 3.0
0%
11% 11.25
73% Graduates seeking full-time employment
18% Graduates not seeking employment
Top Employers / Number Hired
  • McKinsey & Co. 31
  • Bain & Co. 21
  • Citi 16
  • Boston Consulting Group 16
  • Deloitte Consulting 15
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
27% 26.6
$130,767.00
30K 180K
Finance/Accounting
41% 40.9
$118,040.00
55K 270K
General Management
3% 3.4
$120,498.00
75K 200K
Marketing/Sales
8% 8.4
$105,371.00
50K 150K
Information Technology
2% 1.7
$116,000.00
90K 144K
Operations/Logistics
2% 2.3
$120,000.00
92K 135K
Other
17% 16.8
$108,243.00
24K 275K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
26% 26.4
$132,012.00
100K 180K
Consumer Products
5% 5.2
$101,522.00
70K 150K
Financial Services
40% 39.7
$117,904.00
55K 270K
Government
0% 0
$94,333.00
93K 95K
Manufacturing
0% 0
$185,000.00
95K 275K
Media/Entertainment
3% 2.5
$108,833.00
48K 200K
Non-profit
1% 1.2
$76,400.00
24K 100K
Petroleum/Energy
0% 0
$101,667.00
50K 135K
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
2% 1.7
$102,383.00
53K 130K
Real Estate
4% 3.9
$111,053.00
80K 160K
Technology
13% 13.4
$114,333.00
50K 180K
Other
4% 4.1
$105,767.00
30K 200K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
1% 1
$97,433.00
53K 140K
More than one year, up to three years
8% 8
$120,800.00
70K 180K
More than five years
40% 40
$122,799.00
70K 275K
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
  • Bain & Co. 18
  • Boston Consulting Group 17
  • JPMorgan Chase 17
  • Goldman, Sach & Co. 16
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 15
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 97
Annual Job Searching Trips by the School
  • Los Angeles Study Trip
  • London Baking Trip
  • International Development/Washington, DC
  • Hong Kong Finance Trip

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $133,135
  • Budget $26,397
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $133,135
  • Budget $26,397
19 Full Tuition Scholarships
46% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
63% 63
46% 46
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
Total aid distributed for the upcoming year
Basic scholarships awarded
  • Financial Need
  • Academic Merit
  • A Combination Of Need And Merit
100%
Of first-year institutional scholarship recipients who received at least the same amount for the second year
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 43 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; and Retail & Luxury Goods
Master Degree Programs
  • Finance
  • Management
  • 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
  • Notable improvements include implementation of a new, innovation Seating Chart application to enhance the academic teaching experience and maximize student instructional engagement; deployment of cloud-based data backup, storage, and collaboration technologies; and a more robust and secured wireless infrastructure providing more reliable connectivity, greater accessibility through buildings, and support for multiple concurrent devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone).

Students: Who are my classmates?

13% Married Students 41% International Students
36% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
Student Citizenship
North America
62% 62
Asia
14% 14
Europe Free Trade Zone
13% 13
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Business Ethics
  • Consulting
  • Social Impact
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment/Sustainability
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Banking
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • New Media
  • Nonprofit
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black or African-American students
  • LGBT students
  • Hispanic or Latino/a students
  • International students
  • Partners and families of students
  • Women students
  • Other

Alumni: How strong is my network?

42,361 Living MBA Alumni 39 Countries where alumni clubs exist
71 Active alumni clubs
17% Participating in gift donations No Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.