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After the Financial Crisis of 2008, MBA with Finance was not a popular option. The aspiring applicants were looked down upon as potential criminals. Hiring was frozen, and the job markets had a 5-year lull, before picking up again in 2014. The 2016 class representation shows the comeback with 36.9% selecting Financial Services. The Median Signing Bonus is the highest, and the total median salary for the group has crossed the $175,000 range.
 
Columbia MBA Salary by Industry

In terms of function, consulting was neck and neck with Financial Services, both taking up 38% class representation. Marketing and General Management was the other two popular job functions. Leveraging the media buzz in New York, nearly 10% of the class chose Media/Technology. Since the majority of Entrepreneurial activity in New York is at disrupting media with technology, MBAs leveraged the location advantage.
 
Columbia MBA Salary by Function

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Columbia Business School has announced the MBA Application Deadlines for the January 2017 and August 2016 Intakes.

August 2016 Entry Early Decision application deadline: October 5, 2016

Regular Decision Application deadline:
April 12, 2017

Merit Fellowship Deadline:
January 4, 2017

January 2016 Entry Deadline: October 7, 2016

Deadlines: Columbia Business School uses a rolling admissions process.

Download Columbia MBA Essay Guide and learn:

1) How to write Essay 1, Essay 2 and Essay 3
2) How to answer the short-answer essay question
3) How to map the Internship and Full-time Jobs to your post-MBA plan
4) How to use the profiles of 3 Nobel Laureate professors as an inspitation for your career
5) How to articulate your future contribution for the Columbia Business School MBA program

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Columbia MBA Essay 1 (2016-17): 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)

The short post-MBA goal question just gave a glimpse into what you want to do. Expand on that one line with details on where you want to see yourself immediately in six focus areas – job function, industry, employer/potential employers, location, responsibilities, and impact. Closing your essay with impact is the best strategy for an essay about future career plan.

The reviewer might be reading the 100th essay about an applicant planning to get into consulting. Instead, of just being specific, articulate the impact, your contribution would have on the Employer. This will pull you out of the clichéd essays heaping in the reviewer’s desk. A standard one and a half page in a word document would contain 750 words – plenty of opportunities to phrase the goals in an interesting way.

5 Steps Process to write about Post-MBA Career Goals

1) Choose your Objective


MBA Applicants want to achieve one of the two objectives: career enhancement or career switching. After summarizing your background in a sentence or two - if the transition is niche, articulate why you...


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)

Imagine that you are chosen for Columbia MBA. The GPA and GMAT scores were good, your essays proved demonstrable career progression, and your communication skills were at par with the students, but when the time came to interact and contribute for the learning cluster, a visible shield prevented you from opening up. You fear that your experience might be too trivial for the team, or it is better to listen than contribute.

The Columbia MBA admission team prefers candidates who are not only aware of their weakness but works actively to bridge the skill gap. If you are too afraid to share your worldview, from the fear that others in the learning cluster might know more than you do about the case, the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning experiences will be limited.

CBS Matters is a form of opening up on a personal level. Package your story in these two templates:

Do-Gooder

This is the most commonly cited personal level experience. You experience a personal tragedy or financial setback because of X or Y. When you were in a position to help your community or individual, you set up an...


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)

The MBA team has clearly mentioned four academic components of the program for your consideration:

1) New York Immersion Seminars
2) Master Classes
3) Internships
4) Faculty

How will you take advantage of being at the center of Business?


CityLab puts New York City as the most economically powerful city in the world. The ranking is based on five indices: Global Metro Monitor Map (Brookings), Global Financial Centers Index (Z/Yen), Global City Competitiveness Index (The Economist), Global Cities Index (A.T. Kearney), and the City Prosperity Index (United Nations).

New York economy has a strong foundation in Finance, Technology, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Insurance. The booming digital media economy is replacing the traditional print...


F1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about yourself

Kavita Singh: I have grown up and lived all over the world: Calcutta, Dubai, Delhi, Oxford, London and New York. It was a great experience and has shaped who I am quite fundamentally.

I am extremely passionate about innovation, and have spent my entire career in new product and new business development. I was lucky to have discovered my passion early on in my career and realized that as long as you follow what you are passionate about, you are much more likely to be successful in whatever you do. It also made me realize that as your interests develop, you should ensure you let both you and your career evolve with it. We now have the opportunity to make multiple career shifts in our lives, but the common link between those shifts should be what you are most passionate about. I have worked across several different industries – confectionary, personal care, healthcare and education -  but the common thread across all of those was innovation.

I have found that an MBA lets you make those career shifts and changes because it helps...


Columbia Business School has released the MBA Application essay questions for the entering class of 2016. You have to complete ONE short answer question and THREE essays.

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

Columbia MBA Essay 1 Question: 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 MBA Essay 2 Question:
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 MBA Essay 3 Question: 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)

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


Columbia MBA essays for 2014-15 have been released. The number of videos that you have to interpret has come down from two to one. The mandatory essays including short-question(75 characters) has remained at four.

Short Answer Question

1) What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

Essays

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

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.”
“Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate.”

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

Essay 2: Please view the video below:
The Center
How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (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.


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Columbia MBA Essay TipsColumbia MBA Essays for 2014-15 have been released. Columbia Business School has reduced the total word count from 1000 words and 100 characters to 1000 words and 75 characters. The number of mandatory essays that includes the short-answer question has remained at four. This year, the school has reduced the character count of the short-answer question from 100-character to 75 characters. In this Columbia MBA Essay Tips article, we will cover the best practices for writing essays, how to pick the gist of the video for essay two and strategies for differentiating yourself from other applicants.

Columbia MBA Admission Essays 2014


Short Answer Question

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

This question has not changed from last year, and since the character count has gone down from 100 characters to 75, it is clear that the MBA Admissions team want you to write this short answer question like an...


Columbia MBA UpdatesOct 17th 2013: The Columbia Business School MBA AdCom will start reviewing regular decision application from November 18th 2013. The team will email all candidates when the review commences. Within 6 six-weeks from November 18th, all regular decision applicants will be notified about the decision.

Related: Columbia MBA Interview Guide


Dec 12th 2012: To be considered for the Columbia MBA Merit Fellowship for Aug 2013 entry, candidates are required to submit the application on or before January 9, 2013 (before 11:59pm, EST).

No additional essays or documents are required. Applicants are required to simply check a box titled Fellowship (under Application section).

The AdCom will be reviewing the application on a rolling basis. Your application will be released or you would get an interview invite within six weeks from receiving the app.  On completing the interview, the decisions will be communicated within two weeks.

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Columbia MBA Essay Tips 2013-14
Columbia MBA Essays for 2013-14 has been released. Columbia Business School has reduced the total word count from 1250 words to 1000. However, the number of essays has increased to four from three. This year, the school has introduced a 100-character short-answer question. In this Columbia MBA Essay Tips article, we will cover the best practices for writing essays, how to pick the gist of the videos for essay 2 and overall strategies for differentiating yourself from other applicants.

Columbia MBA Admission Essays 2013

Short Answer Question

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

Please note that the question requires the applicant to answer the question in 100 characters and not 100 words. Your post-MBA goal should be concise and cover the overall objective for an MBA from Columbia Business School. As a rule of thumb, complete the question in one long sentence, like a mission statement.

Let us look at Apple’s mission statement, and see how they have concisely mentioned their objective.

 “Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing...


Essay 1

A. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals? (Maximum 500 words)

B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School.

Community at Columbia

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Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program supports students who want to dedicate their summer internships for social or environmental causes. It was started in 1989 and enjoys wide support among the Columbia community. These fellowships may be in the US or at an international location.  Fellows assist organizations with their highly valued skills and their contributions may include marketing & product strategies, start-up business plans, strategic planning, financial analysis, performance evaluation and operational improvements.

Eligible Organizations could be nonprofits, for-profit social ventures, NGOs, public sector organizations or even a social VC firm. The company must have a well-defined environmental or social purpose. The company is expected to contribute a portion of the student's pay, as they gain top class MBA talent that they otherwise would not have afforded. The school raises funds during the fellowship fundraising week from faculty, alumni and other supporters. Potential and past fellows are also expected to volunteer, during the week to help raise funds.

Students are considered eligible if they have finished at least one term of the core MBA program. 1st and 2nd year students can both apply, but priority is given to freshers. The program supports full-time internships that last 6 to 10 weeks. Students get a...


Except for Businessweek, all the other reputed MBA rankings have ranked Columbia Business School in the top 10 over the past 2 years. Businessweek in fact had ranked Columbia at 9th place last year, but 2012 saw the school slide down to 14. Financial Times and the Economist both gave identical ranks during 2012 and 2011 – 5 and 7 respectively.  US News saw the rise of ranking from 9 to 8 over the last one year. These results show that the Columbia MBA is on the upswing and we need to wait for next year to see if this New York based Business School can maintain the momentum.




Average Rank: 8

Columbia MBA Class Profile – Nationality




Columbia MBA Class Profile - Pre-MBA Experience


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