Thank you for considering the Columbia Executive MBA Program, consistently ranked among the leading programs in the world.

Tell us what sets you apart. We are genuinely interested in learning more about you. Columbia Business School values interesting individuals who are earnest in their career aspirations. Our students are diverse. Our faculty is world renowned. The curriculum is rigorous. We believe this is the best MBA for executives. Here's what you need to do to apply.

Application Checklist

Employer Sponsorship

  • Regardless of the level of financial support from your employer, applicants to EMBA-Friday/Saturday are required to submit a signed sponsorship letter from an authorized representative of your organization, briefly stating the terms of support.
  • Financial sponsorship is not required of your employer, but your organization must agree to: 1) Keep your travel time to a minimum; 2) Completely release you from all job responsibilities on class days.
  • Learn more about the sponsorship requirement.
  • Sponsorship letters must be uploaded into the online application system.

EMBA-Saturday applicants are not required to attain employer sponsorship of any kind, though it is welcome.

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As an EMBA applicant, you are required to provide the Admissions Committee with records of your academic work. Applicants should scan and submit PDF versions of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution from which they have received a degree.

If offered admission, you will be required to provide encrypted digital copies of your transcripts from each of the colleges or universities submitted on your application. If there are discrepancies between the self-reported academic work and official records, offers of admission will be rescinded.

Offers of admission are not binding until academic records have been verified.

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Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

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.”
“Continue my career within investor relations.”
“Launch a data-management start-up.”

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)

Essay 2

Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (250 words)

Essay 3:

Tell us about your favorite book, movie or song and why it resonates with you. (250 words)

Optional Essay

An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)

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The Admissions Committee requires two letters of professional appraisal. If possible, one recommendation should come from your current supervisor.

Note: All recommendations must be provided electronically. After you have contacted each reference about writing a recommendation and completed the form on the recommendations page of the online application, an e-mail will be sent with instructions and a web address your recommenders must visit in order to complete your recommendation. You will be notified via e-mail when an online recommendation is received.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.

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GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE Score

All applicants must submit a self-reported GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE score. CBS considers scores to be valid for five years after your test date. Valid test scores must be received within three weeks of submission, or your application will be withdrawn from consideration.

If admitted, you must submit an official GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE score. Columbia Business School’s GMAT and Executive Assessment code is QF8-N6-52, and its GRE code is 6442. The Admissions Committee will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application and will not combine sub-scores from multiple exams into a single composite score.

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Interviews are required for admission to Columbia Business School. Once your online application is complete and under review, you may be contacted by a member of the Admissions Office to schedule an on-campus interview. Please keep in mind: Interviews are by invitation only.

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Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee for the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program is US$250. This fee can be paid via credit card within the online application system or by check. Please make your check payable to Columbia University.

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Application Review Process

  1. In Process. Review of your application is in process once you click the submit button, pay the application fee, and all required materials have been submitted.
  2. Interview. Interviews are by invitation only. They are conducted by a member of the Admissions staff in our New York office.
  3. Final Decision Is Rendered. Final decisions (either Admission, Denial of Admission, or Wait List) will be rendered within a few weeks of the interview.

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