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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School was founded in 1916, and is one of the six Ivy League Business Schools, and has one of the most selective admission processes among business schools. CBS’ campus is located in New York, US. Students have an option to either enroll in August or January but both are merged in the fall of 2nd year.

MBA Key Facts

  • 753 Class Size
  • 3.5 Average GPA
  • 724 Average GMAT
  • 16% Acceptance Rate
  • 5 Avg. Years of Work Exp.
  • $1,25,000 Median Base Salary
  • 43% International Students
  • 41% Women Representation


  1. Research Computing: Columbia Business School provides a state-of-the-art research computing environment, known as the Research Grid, for faculty, PhD students, and researchers.

  2. MBA Scholarships: Columbia Business School offers partial-tuition scholarships to qualified candidates, both domestic and international. Scholarships are mostly need-based, however, certain named scholarships have a merit component.

  3. Career Management: With an MBA from Columbia, the students' career prospects multiply exponentially. The Career Management Center at CBS helps students connect with opportunities, from internships to full-time employment, and provide guidance throughout your career.

  4. Academics: Columbia Business School prepares its students not just to navigate change, but to use it to create new opportunities.The School’s comprehensive core curriculum builds the foundation necessary for success in any field, while electives offer insight into specialized areas of expertise.

  5. Diversity: Columbia Business School is affiliated with a number of diversity focused programs and associations, including Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the National Black MBA Association, the National Society for Hispanic MBAs, and so on.

What Columbia is Looking for

  1. Critical Thought

  2. Capable at Leading and Managing

  3. Industry Motivation

  4. Community Driven Mindset

MBA Application


  1. College Transcripts


  3. Essay - 1 short answer question and 3 essays

  4. Letters of Recommendation - 2

  5. Application Submitted/Received

  6. Interview

MBA Deadlines

03 Oct 2018
January 2019 Intake
03 Oct 2018
August 2019 Intake - Early Deadline
04 Jan 2019
Merit Fellowship Deadline
10 Apr 2019
Final Deadline

Notable Alumni

  • Sallie Krawcheck CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, Former CFO of Citigroup Inc.
  • Vikram Pandit Former CEO of Citigroup Inc.
  • Gail J. McGovern CEO of American Red Cross
  • Warren Buffet CEO of Berkshire Hathaway