Wondering what it’s like to earn an MBA while still working full time? It’s possible at Columbia Business School. Our flexible program options and the collaborative and nurturing community help students meet their professional goals while finding balance in their personal lives. Hear from four recent alumni about their Executive MBA experience.

What makes Columbia Business School one of the best in the world? Among many factors, we believe that community is key. You’ll find that it starts day one, with the cluster system.

As you begin the EMBA Program, you will be assigned to a cluster of 30 to 70 students. Your cluster will take all of its first-year core classes together. The cluster is a diverse grouping, reflective of the whole class. It is made up of people from all over the world, with a wealth of skills, ideas, leadership styles, and backgrounds.

An enriched learning experience. Clustermates tend to become close, allowing people to feel comfortable and at ease in challenging ideas—and each other—all while working together.

Learning Teams Enhance Your Academic Experience

Just as the cluster creates community, your learning team will make a lasting difference in your academic experience.

Here’s the process: Your cluster will be divided into learning teams of about five students. Your team is made up of individuals from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. For most core courses, you will complete assignments together as a team, leveraging each other's strengths to tackle the challenging course work.

Unsurpassed learning. You’ll find that a learning team offers invaluable insights into other areas of expertise and styles of learning. You’ll work closely with the same people across a range of subjects.

The result? A more holistic, real-world, lasting education.