School Expert Q&A: Columbia Business School

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Amanda Carlson is the assistant dean of admissions at Columbia Business School. She holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Princeton University and a master's degree in organizational psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ms. Carlson will graduate from the EMBA-Global Asia program in May.

Amanda answers your questions below. 


Columbia Business School

Location: New York City

Founded in: 1916

Admission Criteria

  • GMAT® score: No minimum requirement; the middle 80% of admitted students score between 680 and 760
  • Work experience: No minimum requirement: the middle 80% have between 3 and 7 years of work experience.
  • English proficiency requirement: International applicants who have not received a degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction must submit a TOEFL or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score. There is no minimum requirement for either test.
  • Letters of recommendations: We prefer professional letters of recommendations, with one from a direct supervisor when possible
  • Interview: Interviews are by invitation only and are usually conducted by our alumni in the city where the applicant lives.
  • Other criteria: Applicants are required to complete their undergraduate education prior to starting the MBA program
  • When should I expect an invitation for an interview? Within six weeks of application receipt
  • Who should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status? You can log into your application

Application Process

  • How do I apply? Online
  • What is the application fee? $250
  • When does the application process start? Early June
  • What is the last date to apply? We have rolling admissions.

Fees and Other Expenses

  • What is the estimated cost for the entire program? Tuition, fees, and financing information is available on our website. For Fall/Spring 2012–13:
    • Total fall/spring first-year budget: $90,698
    • Total fall/spring second-year budget for Class of 2013: $89,243

Financial Support

  • What fellowship/scholarship options are available? We offer full- and partial-tuition fellowships based on a variety of criteria. We also offer partial-tuition scholarships to qualified candidates, both domestic and international. Scholarships are mostly need-based.

Academic Life

  • How many intakes each year? We have one intake for our January Program and two intakes for our August Program.
  • How large are the classes? January 2012 was 196 students and August 2012 was 545 students
  • What is the percentage of foreign students in an average class? Last year it was 38%