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Ameer Khatri MBA Consultant

Columbia MBA

July 7, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for Columbia MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Columbia is 729 for the last entering class. If you score above 729, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after Columbia MBA?

The average salary at Columbia for the last graduating class was $ 175,000. 92% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (33.6%), Finance (36.9%) and technology (16.0%) oriented functional roles. 

From technology to finance, real estate to social enterprise and sustainability, students are making an impact across sectors and industries. Through on-campus recruiting, skillful networking, and job postings, Columbia MBA graduates found full-time positions in a wide variety of businesses and
functions across the globe.

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$ 80,472

Tuition Fee

$ 41,988

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Columbia

The Tuition fees for Columbia MBA is $ 80,472 and an additional  $ 41,988 in living cost. 

The Financial Aid Office will help you finance the MBA program, as well as recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional potential.

Important Scholarships

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Columbia Application Essays

  • Through your résumé and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long term dream job? (500 words)
  • Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you academically, culturally, and professionally? (300 words)
  • Tell us about your favorite book, movie or song and why it resonates with you. (250 words)

Columbia Recommendation Ques.

  • How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response

To download the complete letter of recommendation form for Columbia -> Click Here

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about Columbia

Columbia Business School uses rolling admissions. The Admissions Office will begin reviewing January-entry applications and August-entry Early Decision applications once all required materials have been received.

Our goal is either to invite for an interview or deny admission within six weeks of receiving a completed application. Our goal for interviewed applicants is to render a final decision within two weeks of the interview report being completed.

Please note that the Admissions Committee will first review all of the Early Decision and January-entry applications before we review Regular Decision applications. Regular Decision applications will be held and read in the order they are received. We begin reviewing these applications in November.

Check your application status.

For students who would like to continue working while enrolled in an MBA program, we encourage you to consider one of our Executive MBA programs: EMBA-New York Saturday, meeting for six semesters on Saturdays, EMBA-New York Friday/Saturday, meeting for five semesters on alternating Friday/Saturdays, and EMBA-Americas, meeting for the first three semesters on a modular one week per month format, followed by block week electives throughout the remaining two elective semesters. We also offer two partnership programs: EMBA-Global Americas and Europe in partnership with London Business School, and EMBA-Global Asia in partnership with University of Hong Kong and London Business School. Please visit the EMBA website for more information.

Students must complete a total of 60 credits in order to graduate with an MBA from Columbia Business School. Students typically enroll in 15 credits of coursework each semester for four semesters of study, though this distribution may vary. Full-term courses are worth 3 credits; half-term courses are worth 1.5 credits.

Learn more about our course offerings.

Admitted students may apply for need-based scholarships. There is no set limit, however, our need assessment includes consideration of all resources (including cash, savings, investments, IRA and retirement accounts, trust funds, real estate equity, G.I. and Social Security benefits, income of both student and spouse, other familial resources, income tax refunds, sponsorships from companies, as well as prior educational debt levels). Decisions are made by committee and based on the available budget as well as certain donor preferences. Lastly, we also take into account merit-based awards made possible by the Admissions office. Additional information might be requested to best assess a candidate’s ability to pay and late applications are subject to a different process.

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