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Columbia Business School

Columbia Columbia Business School, NY was established in 1916 by the then Chase Manhattan Bank President with 11 full-time faculty and 61 students. The awarding of MBA degree began in 1945. Since its inception CBS has grown in size and reputation and is today a regular Top 10 ranker among global MBA programs. Boasting a central Manhattan location with an excellent faculty and an exceptional focus on financial careers and entrepreneurship, CBS attracts about 6000 MBA applications every year.

Columbia Class Profile Columbia Business School's full-time MBA class usually has a strength of 750 students (including a January entry or J-term) and an acceptance rate of about 15%. Each class has around 36% women and 64% male students. The average student is 28 years old and has 5 years of experience. GMAT scores average at around 716 and 41% of the Columbia MBA class is made up of international citizens.

Columbia Application Deadlines 2016-2017  January 2016 Entry (05 Oct 2016); August 2017 Entry: Early Decision (05 Oct 2016), Merit Fellowship deadline (04 Jan 2017), Final (12 Apr 2017)

Columbia MBA Essays 2016-2017    Columbia Essays Tips

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (51 characters maximum)  

Columbia Essay 1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100-750 words)

Columbia Essay 2. Columbia Business School’s students participate in industry focused New York immersion seminars; in project based Master Classes; and in school year internships. Most importantly, our students are taught by a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (100-500 words)

Columbia Essay 3. CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (100-250 words)

Columbia Optional Essay. An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.  

Columbia Reapplicant Essay. How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied, and address how you plan to achieve your post-MBA and long-term professional goals.  (Maximum 500 words)

Essay archives from past years

   

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

   

Columbia MBA Essays 2015-2016

Columbia Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)  

Columbia Essay 1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Essay 2. Columbia Business School’s location enables us to bridge theory and practice in multiple ways: through Master Classes, internships, the New York Immersion Seminars, and, most importantly, through a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Essay 3. CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Optional Essay. An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.  

Columbia MBA Essays 2014-2015

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

Columbia Essay 1: Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Essay 2: Please view the video The Center. How will you take advantage of being at the very center of business? (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Essay 3: What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you?  (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay: How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied, and address how you plan to achieve your post-MBA and long-term professional goals. (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Columbia Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

Columbia Essay 1: Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia 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? Please view the videos New York City - limitless possibilities and New York City - fast paced and adaptable. (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Essay 3: What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you?  (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.) (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay: (Applicants who are reapplying within 12 months of a previous application for admission are required to write only a single reapplicant essay.)

How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied, and address how you plan to achieve your post-MBA and long-term professional goals. (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Columbia Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)

Columbia Essay 1: Considering your post-MBA and long term professional goals, why you are pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Additionally, why is Columbia Business School a good fit for you? (Maximum 750 words)

Columbia Essay 2: Describe a life experience that has shaped you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Essay 3 Select and answer one of the below questions:

Columbia Essay 3a:The annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The competition encourages Columbia MBA students to explore creative entrepreneurial ideas that are sufficiently ambitious in scope and scale to be considered “outrageous.” Students explore these ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal. Develop your own “outrageous” business idea. In essay form, compose your “elevator pitch.” (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Essay 3b: Columbia deeply values its vibrant student community, the building of which begins at orientation when admitted students are assigned to clusters of 65 to 70 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. During the first weeks of school, each cluster selects a Cluster Chair. Further strengthening the student community are the nearly 100 active student organizations at Columbia Business School, ranging from cultural to professional to community service-oriented. Leadership positions within the cluster and/or clubs offer hands-on management and networking opportunities for students as they interact with fellow students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners. You are running for either Cluster Chair or a club leadership position of your choosing. Compose your campaign speech. (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Essay 3c: Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which executives advise students about their prospective career choices. Select one of the current executives in residence with whom you would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session. (Maximum 250 words)

Columbia Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.) (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay: (Applicants who are reapplying within 12 months of a previous application for admission are required to write only a single reapplicant essay.) How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate your short-term and long-term goals. Explain how the tools of the Columbia MBA will help you to meet your goals and how you plan to participate in the Columbia community. (Maximum 750 words)

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Essay 1: What are your short-term and long-term professional goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Maximum of 750 words)

Columbia Essay 2: Please tell us about yourself and your personal interests. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Maximum of 500 words)

Columbia Optional Essay. Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay. (Applicants who are reapplying within 12 months of a previous application for admission are required to write only a single reapplicant essay.) How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate your short-term and long-term goals. Explain how the tools of the Columbia MBA will help you to meet your goals and how you plan to participate in the Columbia community. (Recommended 750 word limit).

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Essay 1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Columbia Essay 2. Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. (View link below). Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit) View with Real Player

Columbia Essay 3. Please provide an example of a team failure of which you've been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 4. (Optional) Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please us this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay. (if you have applied to CBS within the past 12 months) How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate your short-term and long-term goals. Explain how the tools of the Columbia MBA will help you to meet your goals and how you plan to participate in the Columbia community. (Recommended 750 word limit).

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Essay 1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Columbia Essay 2. Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. (View link below). Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 3. Please provide an example of a team failure of which you've been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 4. (Optional) Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please us this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)

Columbia Reapplicant Essay. (if you have applied to CBS within the past 12 months) How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate your short-term and long-term goals. Explain how the tools of the Columbia MBA will help you to meet your goals and how you plan to participate in the Columbia community. (Recommended 750 word limit).

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Essay 1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Columbia Essay 2. In a recent speech delivered to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Dean Glenn Hubbard discussed the new, essential elements of the 21st century MBA. How will your MBA prepare you for a rapidly changing business environment (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 3. The entrepreneurial mindset is an integral component of the Columbia Business School MBA. Please discuss a time in your own life when you have identified and captured an opportunity. (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 4. Please tell us about what you feel most passionate in life (Recommended 250 word limit)

Columbia Essay 5. (Optional) Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.

Columbia MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. How you answer these essays is at your discretion, there are no right answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully and honestly.

Columbia Essay 1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Columbia Essay 2. In a recent speech delivered to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Dean Glenn Hubbard discussed the new, essential elements of the 21st century MBA. How will your MBA prepare you for a rapidly changing business environment (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 3. The entrepreneurial mindset is an integral component of the Columbia Business School MBA. Please discuss a time in your own life when you have identified and captured an opportunity. (Recommended 500 word limit)

Columbia Essay 4. Please tell us about what you feel most passionate in life (Recommended 250 word limit)

Columbia Essay 5. (Optional) Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history

           
           
 

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