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Columbia EMBA's Essay and Rec Questions, 2019-2020!!! Season Underway!

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Columbia EMBA's Essay and Rec Questions, 2019-2020!!! The Admissions Season Is Underway!

Columbia Graduate School of Business has updated its website to reflect new EMBA essay questions for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle. The questions remain the same as last year, except Essay 3, which presents an entirely new topic. The CBS website also indicates that the recommendation questions remain unchanged from last year. The essay and recommendation questions appear below.

Now that you know the essay questions, you can get started on preparing your CBS EMBA application! You can submit your EMBA application as soon as early August, since the online application form is scheduled to go live in early August. Columbia uses a rolling admissions process, whereby the admissions committee reviews applications as they are submitted, so candidates can often enjoy a positive benefit from applying early, when most of the seats for the incoming EMBA class are still available.

For Columbia, you must take a standardized test – the Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT or GRE. Many candidates find that the EA requires less preparation time. Last year, Columbia indicated to many candidates that an EA score of 147 or above would be fine. Just bear in mind that the ideal EA score can vary based on a candidate’s profile. An EA score of 150 is generally a safer score for candidates of all profiles.

Columbia EMBA Essay Questions, 2019-2020

Short-Answer Question: 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.”

Essay 1: 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)

Essay 2: Columbia Business School's Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (250 words)

Essay 3: Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Optional Essay: An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

Columbia EMBA Recommendation Questions, 2019-2020

Recommended limit for the entire recommendation: 1000 words.

1. 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.

2. 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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