Business school profiles

Explore our insights on what each MBA program
has to offer, along with the latest facts and stats.


About The School

Located in New York City, Columbia Business School highlights that it is at the “center of business”, helping bright students think like entrepreneurs and helping them develop as leaders.

The symbiotic relationship between CBS and the business world is a major program benefit, and each year many business leaders visit the campus to speak to b-school students and to teach classes. Indeed CBS notes on its website “more business leaders visit our campus than any other top business school.” Because of its NYC location, the school also attracts more than 100 real-world practitioners as faculty (adjunct) in the business school. The CBS Dean, Glenn Hubbard, while fortifying Columbia’s strength in finance, has made experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and global perspectives the cornerstones of the program.

Strengths And Specializations

Columbia’s MBA program is known for its strengths in a wide variety of areas, including finance, general management, entrepreneurship, media, marketing, healthcare/pharma, real estate and social enterprise.

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 6,008
MBA Class Size: 776 (Aug 558 / Jan 218)
Tuition: $137,584

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Financial Services 37%; Consulting 35%; Technology 10%; Manufacturing 8%;

Top Recruiters: McKinsey, Bain, Citi, BCG, Amazon, Deloitte

Avg Base Salary: $127,637

Salary Increase: 103%

Employment in 3 months: 92%

MBA Rankings 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
BusinessWeek 9 13 5 6 11
Financial Times 6 7 5 5 5 6 6 7
Forbes 5 7 4
The Economist 12 5 5 7 10 12 11
 US News  9  9  8  8  8  8  10


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.5

Avg. GMAT: 717

Int’l Students: 48%

Female Students: 38%

Deadlines for Sept 2017: Oct 5, ’16 (Early Decision – then rolling admissions until April ’17)

Deadlines for Jan 2018: June ’17 (Early Decision – then rolling admissions)

Sources: Columbia, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


Short answer essay: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (Maximum 51 characters)

1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100- 750 words)

2. Columbia Business School’s students participate in industry focused New York immersion seminars; in project based Master Classes; and in school year internships. Most importantly, our students are taught by a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (100-500 words)

3. Please view the video: CBS Matters
CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

4. (Optional) An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.


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