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Columbia Business School

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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All CBS Applicants

Fall 2011 Application Instructions
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

September 2012 Entry – Normal 2-year MBA
Early Decision Deadline: 10/5/2011
Merit Fellowship Consideration Deadline: 1/4/2012
Regular Decision Deadline: 4/11/2012
Click here for more information on the two different MBA paths, as well as the differences between decision deadlines.

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)

Recommendation Questions (2 recommenders)
  • What is your relationship to, and how long have you known the applicant? Is this person still employed by your organization? If not, when did he/she depart?
  • Please provide a short list of adjectives describing the applicant’s strengths.
  • Please compare the applicant’s performance to that of his/her peers. Does the applicant have the potential to become a senior manager?
  • How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in working with peers, supervisors and subordinates?
  • How does the applicant accept constructive criticism?
  • Comment on your observations of the applicant’s ethical behavior.
  • What do you think motivates the candidate’s application to Columbia Business School?
  • In what ways could the applicant improve professionally? If you could change one thing about the applicant, what would it be?
  • Are there any other matters which you feel we should know about the applicant?

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Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program18-21 months (two programs)
Campus LocationNew York, NY
Average Class Size1,278
Average Work Experience5 Years
Average Age28
Average GMAT709 (Middle 80%: 680-760)
Average GPA3.4
Endowment$356M (BusinessWeek)
GMAT/GREBoth Accepted
Annual Tuition$54,636

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%)
Top Employers of 2011
# of HiresCompany Name
39McKinsey & Co.
19Boston Consulting Group
16Bain & Co.
15Morgan Stanley
12Booz & Co.
11Credit Suisse Group
11Deutsche Bank
11Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
8JPMorgan Chase & Co.
6A.T. Kearneyl
6Goldman Sachs
6L.E.K. Consulting
6Procter & Gamble
6Pacific Investment Management

Curriculum – Notable Features

The Cluster System
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 Individual, Business and Society: Tradeoffs, Choices and Accountability
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.

Program on Social Intelligence
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
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.

Areas of Study

Joint and Dual Degree Programs
  • MBA/MD
  • MBA/JD
  • MBA/MS in Urban Planning
  • MBA/MS with Engineering and Applied Science School (4 options)
  • MBA/MIA with International and Public Affairs
  • MBA/MS in Journalism
  • MBA/MS in Nursing
  • MBA/MPH (Public Health)
  • MBA/MS in Social Work

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My Best Application has recently posted its Application Tips for Columbia Business School for this year. Check out the MBA Center for Resources. We have worked with many applicants interested in Columbia and are happy to answer questions and provide assistance.
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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?

Thanks for your insights!
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