Professionals from a wide range of industries are attracted to Columbia Business School — the only Ivy League school at the center of business. When admitted to the EMBA Program, you’ll join high achievers who work in banking, real estate, media, healthcare, and many other professions.

A network forms. By learning together and interacting closely, you and your classmates will gain a distinct advantage that extends far beyond the classroom. The relationships that you develop will form your professional network for years to come.

Many perspectives. The diversity of perspectives in the classroom will lead to fresh insights and give you an ability to look at challenges from many angles.

Below is the EMBA student profile for 2021.

Class Makeup

Total class size 275, divided in four clusters
Friday/Saturday class size 144, divided in two clusters
Saturday class size 131, divided in two clusters
Women 36%
International 23%
Average age 33
Average years of work experience 10

Race and Ethnicity

The Department of the Interior via the Office of Civil Rights provides federal guidelines for maintaining, collecting, and presenting data on race and ethnicity. Columbia Business School is required to follow these standards which allow students to self-identify their ethnicity and race, with the option to select more than one race and/or ethnicity. The racial and ethnic categories listed here reflect those included in our application process, per federal guidelines. US race / ethnicity shown as a percent of US citizens and permanent residents. 

  Federal Reporting Guidelines Multi-Dimensional Reporting

American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander

0 0% 4 2%

Asian American

74 30% 80 33%

Black/African American

16 7% 20 8%

Hispanic/Latinx

27 11% 27 11%

White

112 46% 142 58%

Multi-Racial

9 4% - -

Did Not Report

5 2% 5 2%

Federal Reporting Guidelines

The second column reflects our student demographic data as reported based on federal government guidelines. Per these guidelines, all students who identify as Hispanic / Latinx and any other race are represented as Hispanic / Latinx only. Students who identify with more than one race are represented as Multi-Race only. The columns add to 100% but may be slightly lower or higher due to rounding. 

Multi-Dimensional Reporting

In the third column, we share students' full racial and ethnic identities to more inclusively reflect the racial / ethnic groups with which they identify. As such, in the second column, students with multi-racial / ethnic identities are represented in more than one row, meaning the column add to more than 100%.

 

Industry Background

Industry %
Financial Services 33
Technology 14
Healthcare 10
Other 9
Marketing & Media 8
Consulting 7
Real Estate 5
Retail/Wholesale 4
Government, Military & Non-Profit 3
Entertainment & Leisure 3
Education 2
Energy 2
Consumer Products 1

The sections add to 100% but may be slightly lower or higher due to rounding. 

Sponsorship

Sponsorship %
Company (full) 10
Company (partial) 40
Self 50

The sections add to 100% but may be slightly lower or higher due to rounding.