Columbia Business School’s excellent personal attention and supportive community help our busy students balance their life, work, and studies and still have opportunities to enjoy one another’s company and the excitement of New York City. Take a look below to learn more about what it is like to live in NYC, to be a member of the Columbia Business School and Columbia University communities, and to be an MSFE student.
New York City: The very center of business
Columbia’s location in New York City cannot be underestimated when choosing an MS program in Finance. The city fuels so much of what happens at the School, and the School feeds back into the city with current students, new graduates, and visiting faculty members.
Since its inception, Columbia Business School has maintained a symbiotic relationship with New York City. It is s the nexus for business research and the implementation of ideas that impact industries. Columbia Business School’s proximity to an extraordinary concentration of business leaders means that our students get constant access to the best minds in business, who regularly visit to teach, speak, and meet with students. (In fact, no business school has more on-campus visits than we do.) Columbia Business School alumni have found their place in nearly every top industry in the city and are often willing to help with internships, job strategies, and one-on-one advice.
As a member of the Columbia community you have access to endless resources. This includes more than a dozen libraries and the training workshops they provide. You have access to a phenomenal health services office, initiatives sponsored by the Religious Life Office, and innovative programming the Miller Theatre offers in collaboration with the School of the Arts. Because of Columbia's convenient location and deep ties to business, the opportunities for students are limitless.
The Columbia Business School community
At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success. That’s why we’re committed to promoting diversity in all forms by making sure that those from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and professional backgrounds are represented in our community. We are constantly finding ways to further promote diversity, particularly through our more than 100 unique student-led organizations at Columbia Business School to help expand your network, connect you with job opportunities, provide hands-on leadership experience, and enhance your life on campus and beyond.
We also realize that building an inclusive culture is a never-ending journey. As a result, Columbia Business School students take part in the Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership program, which aims to provide students the skills in learning how to manage and advocate for diversity and equity in their workplaces. The School is also affiliated with a number of diversity-focused programs and associations, including the Yellow Ribbon Program and Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women.
In January 2022, Columbia Business School will open a new, state of the art campus in Manhattanville. Comprising 17 acres in the western portion of Harlem known as Manhattanville, Columbia University’s new campus will be a home for MS students and will feature groundbreaking research and world-class education in a variety of fields, from neuroscience and business to international affairs and the arts. Situated just five blocks north of the University’s Morningside Heights Campus, the Manhattanville Campus will host graduate-level schools and research centers, housing for faculty and students, and spaces for the community.
Our MSFE students
Our students represent a range of backgrounds and interests. They experience Columbia Business School in their own way while creating a cohesive, tight knit community. One of the biggest differences between our MSFE program and similar ones at other universities is the small class size; we typically enroll fewer than 25 students, allowing our students the opportunity to form strong relationships with the faculty and their peers.
By joining our community, you’ll meet students from all backgrounds and experiences. Below you’ll find some stories from our recent graduates on their student experience. If their email is linked in their profiles, you are welcome to connect directly with these students. For admissions-related questions, please email [email protected].