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Columbia Business School
FT Rank: 6    Business Week Rank : 6
Application Information
GMAT Accepted Yes
GRE Accepted Yes
Transcripts Required Yes
Resume Required  
Interview Invite
Recommendation 2
Minimum Experience Required (Yrs)  
School Information
Average GMAT 717
Program Cost  $20,9424.00
Class Size 559
Average Age (Yrs) 28
Average Work Experience (Yrs) 5
Acceptance Rate (%) 17
Median Base Salary($) $125,000.00
Employed at three months (%) 97%
Female students (%) 38%
International students (%) 48%
Essay Questions
  1. 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)

  2. Essay 2:

    The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

  3. Essay 3:

    Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
    a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
    b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

  4. 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.”

  5. Optional Essay:

    Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)

Recommendation Questions

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations (recommended limit - 1000 words):

  • 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.
  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.

 Please be aware: The Admissions Committee requires that all application materials be submitted online, including recommendations.

  1. Round 1: 04-Oct-2017
  2. Round 2: 04-Oct-2017
  3. Round 3: 05-Jan-2018
  4. Round 4: 11-Apr-2018
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