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Columbia MBA Profile

Our Columbia MBA profile will supply you with the basic information you need when considering applying to Columbia. Our Admission Consultants are happy to help you decide if Columbia is the right school for you.

Application Deadlines

Two Options for Enrollment: Early Decision: Regular Decision: Merit Fellowship Consideration:
August 2014 Entry October 2, 2013 April 9, 2014 January 6, 2014
January 2014 Entry Not Available October 3, 2013 Not Eligible

*To be considered for merit-based fellowships, applications must be submitted by January 9, 2013

Application Questions

Short Answer Question (750 words)

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)

Essay 1

Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2

Columbia Business School is located in the heart of the world's business capital - Manhattan. How do you anticipate that New York City will impact your experience at Columbia? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 3

What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 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.

Knight-Bagehot Fellows

Rather than answer Essay 1, Part A above, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay (500 words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.

Wiegers Fellowship Essay Question:

What are your career goals? How has the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship affected these goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? (500 words maximum).


Admissions

Full-time Class Entering 2011 (January and August)

Total Enrollment: 1062
Applications: 6,669
Percent Admitted: 16%
Yield: Not Published
GMAT Average: 716
GMAT Score Range: 680-760 (Middle 80%)
Average Age 28
Average GRE Q Not Published
Average GRE V Not Published
Average GPA Not Published

Pre-MBA Career

Industry: Percent:
Financial Services: 28%
Consulting: 20%
Other: 11%
Marketing/Media: 8%
Technology: 8%
Private Equity: 7%
Military/Gov't: 5%
Real Estate: 4%
Healthcare: 4%
Nonprofit: 3%
Energy: 2%
Manufacturing: 1%

Post-MBA Career (Class of 2011)

Industry: Percent: Median Base Salary:
Consulting 22.3%
Management Consulting 19.9% $125,000
Other 2.4% $120,000
Financial Services 50.3%
Commercial Banking Not Pulbished $120,000
Diversified Financial Services 2.6% $96,000
Hedge Funds/Mutual Funds/Fund of Funds 5.5% $125,000
Investment Banking/Brokerage 27.2% $100,000
Investment Management 6.7% $105,000
Private Equity/Venture Capital 5.7% $125,000
Research and Ratings Not Published $100,000
Other 1% $100,000
Manufacturing 8.9%
Automotiv/Aerospace/Aviation 1.2% $114,500
Consumer Products 6.1% $95,000
Energy/Utilities 1.6% $100,000
Media/Technology (Nonhealth) 9.3%
Adverstising 1.4% $110,000
Entertainment (Film/Music/TV/Sports/Publishing) 2.4% $95,000
Technology (Internet/E-commerce) 3.7% $110,000
Technology (Software/Services/Telecom) 1.8% $118,691
Other 9.2%
Education/Government/Nonprofit 1.4% $82,000
Healthcare 2.0% $100,000
Real Estate 3.2% $110,000
Retail 1.8% $90,000
Other (including Hospitality/Law) Not Published $135,000

Career Hiring

Class of 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Accepted Offer 3 months out 92.9% 92.2% 77.3% 90.0% 91.0%
Median Base Salary $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $110,000
Median Signing Bonus $30,000 $30,000 $20,000 $25,000 $25,000

Class Profile

Female 35%
International 38%
U.S. Minority 35%

Region
Africa 1%
Asia 14%
Europe 13%
North America 65%
Latin America and the Caribbean 6%
Oceania 1%
Dual Citizenship 13%

Experience

Mean Work Experience 56 months
Mean Age 28

Enrollment

Total 2,281
Full-Time MBA 1,278
Executive MBA 888
PhD Program 95

School Ranking

Business Week 9
US News 8

Program Costs

Resident $113,180.00
Nonresident $113,180.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Resident) $87,870.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Nonresident) $87,870.00

Alumni

Total Living Alumni approx. 40,000

Joint Degrees

Architecture: MBA and MS in Urban Planning
Dental and Oral Surgery: MBA and DDS
Engineering and Applied Science: MBA and MS
International and Public Affairs: MBA and MIA
Journalism: MBA and MS
Law: MBA and JD
Nursing: MBA and MS in Nursing
Physicians and Surgeons: MBA and MD
Public Health: MBA and MPH
Social Work: MBA and MS in Social Work