MBA Admissions: Columbia Business School & Management



A quick glance at Columbia Business School: Columbia currently ranks in eighth place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked in ninth place for management.

Columbia’s Class of 2014 and Management

5409 people applied to Columbia Business School; 741 applicants were accepted. The middle 80% of accepted students had GMAT scores in the 680-760 range. The Columbia Business School class of 2014 has an average of five years of work experience and the average age of incoming students is 28 years old.

Undergraduate majors:

• Social Sciences – 31%
• Business – 30%
• Engineering – 12%
• Sciences – 8%
• Humanities – 8%
• Other – 7%
• Technology – 2%
• Arts – 2%

Industry experience:

• Financial Services – 29%
• Consulting – 20%
• Marketing/Media – 8%
• Other – 7%
• Nonprofit – 6%
• Military/Government – 5%
• Private Equity – 5%
• Real Estate – 5%
• Technology – 5%
• Healthcare – 4%
• Energy – 3%
• Manufacturing – 2%

CBS Academics Related to Management

Students are required to take two full core courses and 12 half-term core courses, three of which are chosen from the “flex-core” menu.

First Term Core Courses

• 2 Full courses: Corporate Finance and Financial Accounting
• 6 Half-term courses: Managerial Statistics, Managerial Economics, Strategy Formulation, Marketing Strategy, Operations ManagementLeadership Development

Second Term Core Courses

• 2 Electives
• 3 Half-term courses: Global Economic Environment, Decision Models, Managing Marketing Programs
• 3 Flex-core classes, one from each category (see below)

“Flex-Core” Menu

Organization: Organizational Change, Power and Influence, Social Networks and Social Capital
Performance: Operations Strategy, Financial Planning and Analysis
Markets: Game Theory and Business, Global Economic Environment II: Business Cycles and Financial Markets, Incentives and Performance

Students who wish to pursue careers in management would take their first year electives and second year courses from the school’s management division.

Managerial negotiations
High performance leadership
Top management process
Turnaround management
Managerial decision making
Power and influence in organizations
Napoleon’s glance: the art of strategic intuition
Corporate governance
Entrepreneurs and private equity in emerging markets
Multidisciplinary approaches to human decision making

Columbia CaseWorks Cases in past years that will be of interest to students pursuing careers in management include:

Operation Tomodachi
The Client Who Fell Through the Cracks (A and B)
Scoring a Deal: Valuing Outcomes in Multi-Issue Negotiations
The Synergy Limitation Paradox
Diversification and Corporate Scope

(See full list here.)

Management Research Centers & Conferences at Columbia Business School

The Center for Decision Sciences
The Columbia Family Business Management Program
The Center for Pricing and Revenue Management
Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
Columbia University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

CBS Management-Related Clubs

General Management Association
Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization
The Family Business Club
Management Consulting Association
Media Management Association

Management Hiring Stats at Columbia Business School

Here are the 2012 stats for CBS grads who accepted full-time jobs with a management function.

Function Percent Base Yearly Salary Range ($)
Management Consulting 37.2% $30,000-$194,000
Strategic Planning 1.7% $95,000-$125,000
General Management 2.3% $90,000-$132,000
Operations <1% $110,000-$140,000
Project Management <1% $106,000-$200,000
Rotational/Development Program 1.2% $110,000-$115,000
Other 1% $40,000-$100,000


For 2012 summer internships (for the class of 2013), the hiring stats are as follows:

Function Percent Base Monthly Salary Range ($)
Strategic Planning 4.3% $1,600-$9,000
General Management <1% $7,700-$9,900
Other 1.7% $2,465-$9,250
Brand/Project Management 7.1% $3,000-$8,333.

See a list of CBS recruiters here.

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