Studying at the Columbia Business School

The Columbia Business School is the management and business school of the Columbia University, one of the top-rated universities in the world. The Columbia Business School is situated in Manhattan, New York City.

It is a private institution with a faculty strength of close to 136. The business school was established in 1916. The dean of the Columbia Business School is R. Glenn Hubbard.

The business school is a part of the Ivy League Business Schools in the United States along with Wharton School (of the University of Pennsylvania), Tuck School of Business (of the Dartmouth College), Harvard Business School (of the Harvard University), S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (of the Cornell University) and the Yale School of Management (of the Yale University). The Columbia Business School has about 1,433 MBA students and about 100 PhD students. The school also has association with a number of Nobel Prize winners, with three being part of the present faculty pool.

The Columbia Business School is one of the most stringent business schools in the US when it comes to accepting applications from students and hence, is one of the most competitive b-schools not only in the US but also in the world to get through. This article aims to give you some information about the Columbia Business School and the various programs offered through it. Read on for more information.

The flagship program of the Columbia Business School is the MBA program. It is, as already mentioned, highly competitive, with only about 15 % of all applications being accepted for admission. The various components in the MBA program include the Value Investing Program and the Entrepreneurship Program. The main fields in which the Columbia Business School lets students specialize while in the MBA program are:

  • Finance and Economics
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Social Enterprise
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Management/Leadership
  • Health care and Pharmaceutical Management
  • Decision, Risk and Operations
  • Value Investing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting

An interesting statistic regarding the MBA program of the Columbia Business School is that 90 % of billionaires with MBAs have obtained their master degree either from the Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School or the Wharton School (Source – Forbes magazine).

The other programs offered through the Columbia Business School include the Executive MBA (designed primarily for working executives) and the PhD program. The Executive MBA program aims to provide people who are already working in the business sector with an upgrade of their skills and education, making them ‘hot property’ in their field of work (or if they so desire, in a new field of work they may wish to shift to).

The PhD program is highly competitive, with only about 3 % of all applicants getting in. The PhD program is designed to produce skilled people to take up faculty and research positions at the top business schools and organizations in the world.


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