Columbia Business School – Manhattan, New York

February 20th, 2013 by

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Columbia Business School - Manhattan, New York


Key Differentiators

Located in Manhattan, New York, Columbia Business School (CBS) was established in 1916 to provide professional training for undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students.  It is one of six Ivy League Business Schools and was placed in the top five business schools in the world by The Economist and Financial Times.

Uris Hall, constructed in 1960, is located in the center of Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and has served as it’s sector of business operations for years.  It is the pinnacle of Columbia’s campus and has recently been renovated.  In 2010, alumnus Henry Kravis, founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, pledged $100 million to fund the expansion of the campus.  A new site will be constructed in the Manhattanville sector of New York City that will serve as an extension of the business school.

At CBS, students become members of the business school’s 40,000 alumni and are provided career guidance throughout their education.  A Career Management Center helps guide students down career paths and personalize their educational experience.  Over 100 student clubs and organizations exist in areas such as careers, professionalism, community service, and athletics.  The club experience creates leadership opportunities that will help students develop valuable business skills later on in life.

CBS prides themselves on providing students with the “essential knowledge” needed for success. They state:

“At Columbia Business School, you are part of a community of more than just fellow students. Faculty and staff members are here to ensure your journey is smooth, practical, and suited to your needs. Our Office of Student Affairs gives you access to support and advice and helps guide you through everything from choosing the right courses to managing financial aid and graduation requirements.”

Columbia also provides a global business environment with students from nearly 100 nations and backgrounds in every different business sector.  The school is located in a premier financial and business capital of the world, New York City, and work in partnership with top multinational companies to offer students their resources and knowledge.

The CBS MBA gives students an education that disrupts old way of thinking, creates new opportunities, and helps them to become innovative leaders.  They are constantly forced into collaboration with other classmates, side-by-side work with leading scholars and faculty, and challenged with a curriculum of real-world applications.  The educational experience is designed to change your business practices and ways of thinking forever.



The Full-time MBA Programme focuses on developing skills to lead and manage, building an initiative of competitive learning environments, and developing a constant drive to work smarter and more efficiently.  The goal is to teach students how to become self-sufficient in the business world; to be able to recognize opportunity in the moment and act upon it.

The curriculum is more than 50% case study-based with less than 50% of the courses being lectures. It consists of three different focuses:  Emphasis on big-picture business skills, awareness of ethical issues, and development of an entrepreneurial mindset.  CBS instills both foundational knowledge and specialised skills in students that are essential for individual success across all industries.

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The full-time MBA is a 2-year programme consisting of core and elective classes.  The first year is a flexible core curriculum taught in groups of 60 students.  In the second year, students choose among concentration areas such as finance, management, health care, and entrepreneurship.  CBS has over 200 different electives to choose from, making each students experience and curriculum as individualized as possible.  Below is list of popular electives and to the right is an example core curriculum (provided by Columbia Business Schools website)

Popular Electives:

  • The Future of Financial Services
  • Global Immersion
  • Innovate or Die
  • Launching New Ventures
  • Legends in Value Investing
  • Managing Brands, identity, and Experiences
  • master Classes
  • Modern Political Economy
  • Napoleon’s Glance

The Executive MBA Programme shares the same faculty and curriculum as the full-time MBA students.  It has a goal to give professionals the skills needed to take the next step forward as leaders in their companies, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

The EMBA program uses a cluster system of learning that allows students to collaborate and network with their classmates on a regular basis.  Their is also a great amount of interaction with partner programmes in London and Hong Kong.  This is aimed towards helping students establish new connections and broaden their global perspectives.

The flexible structure of the programme allows students to spend minimal time away from their current work and home.  Students can meet weekly on Fridays or every other weekk on both Friday and Saturday.  The first year consists of the basic core curriculum for MBA, and the second year consists of electives chosen by the student.

Individualised Executive Education Programmes are also offered in the ares of comprehensive management, new innovation, digital marketing, and a variety on online programs. These programs are usually 1-2 weeks long and vary in tuition fees.


Global MBA Rankings
Although Forbes and US News do not rank MBAs globally, they were included for their impact in the US


Job Integration Rate, according to Bloomberg Businessweek – high – 96%  job offer 3 months post-graduation


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General Information

Columbia Business School
3022 Broadway,
New York, NY 10027
United States

t:  +1 212-854-5553