Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
The application processes for all three EMBA programs are handled online. Feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 212-854-1961 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Columbia does not accept simultaneous applications to its MBA programs. You should apply to the program that most closely reflects your professional, personal, and geographic interests and experience. Admissions officers will be happy to offer guidance with your choice. If you wish to explore the possibility of admission to a different program during the application process, it is possible to request that the Admissions Committee discuss your suitability for a different program. We reserve the right to withdraw offers of admission to any candidate who does not disclose a prior application to any other Columbia MBA program.
If you already have an MBA or similar degree in management studies, you are eligible to apply to the Columbia Executive MBA Program. We would not encourage you to do so, however, without a compelling reason. You may wish to review the School’s course offerings and talk to an admissions officer to see how much of the program would be repetitious. Then, if you decide to apply, you should make a compelling case in your application to explain why you want to have another MBA education.
The interview is a chance for us to get to know you beyond your written application and for you to ask questions. Once you submit your application, an admissions officer may contact you to schedule a time to meet.
Sponsorship is viewed in two ways: time away from work to attend class and financial support. At a minimum, applicants for the Friday/Saturday option or EMBA-Americas must submit written authorization from their employer indicating permission to attend class on workdays and to complete the program. Applicants for the Saturday only option do not require employer sponsorship of any kind.
Many students from both programs also obtain corporate financial sponsorship, which ranges from partial to full support, but third-party financial sponsorship is not required.
Yes. If you are an independent professional or consultant, or the head of your own firm, you can write your own sponsorship letter. Applicants for the Friday/Saturday option or EMBA-Americas who are employed by an organization that can endorse their candidacy, but not provide financial support, may meet the financial requirements themselves. In this case, the organization must still provide a letter of endorsement stating that the applicant will be guaranteed time away from work to attend all classes and required program activities. Saturday-only students do not require sponsorship of time off or financial sponsorship.
Columbia Executive MBA students must be fully employed from the time of application through completion of the program.
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There are no scholarships or grants offered directly through Columbia University for the Executive MBA Program. There are, however, free online scholarship search engines that may be helpful in identifying external sources of scholarships.
Financial aid is available through federal and private educational loans. Learn more about student loan options for Executive MBA students.
EMBA students take a total of 11 electives, primarily in their second years. Elective offerings are scheduled with the academic divisions. Typically, you are offered a selection of 30 electives over three terms. You may also take electives (a maximum of two courses) from the Full-Time MBA Program or from Columbia’s other professional schools (Law, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Medicine, Public Health, etc.) if your schedule and course capacity permits. Electives are undertaken after you have completed the 11 core courses. More detailed information about the elective offerings of EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and EMBA-Global Asia can be found on their respective sites.
The Career Management Center is designed to provide ongoing professional career development services specifically to EMBA students. Included in this programming are career-related workshops, virtual programs, one-on-one advising, an extensive website, and various networking opportunities and events. These resources are dedicated to enhancing professional development for both active job seekers and students who intend to continue working with their sponsoring employers. Learn more about career management for EMBA students.
As a matter of policy, Columbia Business School does not defer admitted students to a future term.