Columbia Business School using a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, and decisions can be rendered at any time. All decisions are final. It is always to your benefit to apply before the posted deadline (11:59pm of the posted date).
January 2012 Entry (J-Term) – No Summer Internship Application Deadline: 10/5/2011
Essays Essay 1: Considering your post-MBA and long term professional goals, why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Additionally, why is Columbia Business School a good fit for you? (750 words maximum) Essay 2: Describe a life experience that has shaped you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (500 words maximum) Essay 3: Please choose one of the following three options:
Option A: The annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The competition encourages Columbia MBA students to explore creative, entrepreneurial ideas that are sufficiently ambitious in scope and scale to be considered “outrageous.” Students explore these ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal. Develop your own outrageous business idea. In essay form, compose your elevator pitch. (250 words maximum)
Option B: Columbia deeply values its vibrant student community, the building of which begins at orientation when admitted students are assigned to clusters of 65 to 70 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. During the first weeks of school, each cluster selects a cluster chair. Further strengthening the student community are the more than 100 active student organizations at Columbia Business School, ranging from cultural to professional to community service–oriented. Leadership positions within clusters and clubs offer hands-on management and networking opportunities for students as they interact with fellow students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners. You are running for either cluster chair or a club leadership position of your choosing. Compose your campaign speech. (250 words maximum)
Option C: Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which executives advise students about their prospective career choices. Select one of the current executives in residence with whom you would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session. (250 words maximum)
Employment Statistics Median Base Salary: $107,000 Top Industries: Financial Services (41%), Consulting (28%), Consumer Products (8%) Top Locations: Northeast (63%), International (21%), West (6%) Number of students starting their own business: 21 (3.0%)
Community building begins right at the start of the MBA Program as admitted students are assigned to clusters of 60 to 65 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. As diverse as the class itself, each cluster consists of people from all over the world, with a wealth of different skills, ideas, and backgrounds.
The clusters create a strong sense of community and foster lasting professional and personal relationships. It is such an integral part of a student’s experience that long after graduation many alumni continue to organize cluster-specific gatherings, pen cluster e-newsletters, and identify themselves by their cluster.
The new IBS curriculum helps Columbia Business School students develop frameworks and tools to think critically about the conflicts and tradeoffs inherent in balancing business conduct with the concerns of individuals and society. Every MBA core course includes cases and discussions regarding these issues. Panels featuring faculty members and business leaders, many of them alumni, complement the classroom experience.
The School has launched a program of courses and extracurricular activities to enhance students’ abilities as leaders throughout their careers. The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI) imparts techniques and frameworks for managing individuals, teams, organizations and networks adaptively in dynamic, global business contexts.
This program draws on the School’s growing expertise in psychology and related social sciences. PSI activities are grounded in proven combinations of empirical assessment, experiential learning and executive coaching to help students sharpen their self-awareness, judgment and decision making and expand their practical capabilities in solving problems. These activities have been integrated around research-based frameworks that underlie the management core courses Creating Effective Organizations and Leadership.
Master Classes are hands-on, project-based electives designed to challenge students to creatively integrate concepts learned across the core curriculum and apply them to contemporary business problems. Master Classes are integrally tied to external organizations that evaluate and consider students’ recommendations.
Each Master Class focuses on a specific industry context (e.g. media, real estate, consulting) and draws significant input from the professional community via group projects and alumni involvement, both as guest speakers and adjunct faculty. With substantial projects and practitioner involvement, Master Classes provide students with a unique exposure to the current realities of the business world.
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Am I competitive to get into the Columbia EMBA program? I realize I may be a little young, but I have a lot of industry experience for my age.
My profile: - 25 years old - 740 GMAT / 3.72 GPA in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University - 3 years of software programming experience - 2 years as a Sales Engineer at Rockwell Automation (received 'Best in Class' and 'Balanced Selling' awards) - Co-founded 501 (c) 3 non-profit that brings technology to developing countries (e.g. we have 10 human powered irrigation pumps being used in Malawi, Africa) - Multiple leadership positions in college - Internship at an Aeronautical design firm - Internship at a Power Plant - Won awards at multiple business plan competitions in college (for the NPO mentioned above) - National Collegiate Association of Innovators and Inventor (NCAII) Grant award winner for human powered irrigation pump
Interest in an MBA: - Gain knowledge, tools and a network to further the success of the NPO mentioned above - Open career opportunities at current employer (move from sales into a business development or market manager role) - Always had a passion in business (corny, but true)
Do you think I'd be competitive, or do I need more work experience?