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Columbia executive MBA Overview

July 30, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for Columbia EMBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Columbia is 720 for the last entering class. If you score above 720, 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 EMBA?

The average salary at Columbia for the last graduating class was $275,000. 95% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (11%), Finance (35%) and technology (14%) oriented functional roles. 

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


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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Columbia

The Tuition fees for Columbia EMBA is € 80,000 and an additional  $239,880 in living cost. 

At Columbia, we understand that executive MBA students juggle multiple responsibilities. That’s why we offer support during the program that allows you to focus on your academic work and minimizes the burdens of daily life.

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Columbia Application Essays

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next three to five years and what is your long-term dream job? (500 words)
  • Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (250 words)
  • Tell us about your favorite book, movie or song and why it resonates with you. (250 words)
  • An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)

Columbia Recommendation Ques.

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the candidate? (No word limit)
  • 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.

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

Full-time employment is a requirement of matriculation in the EMBA program. Students who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents must secure their visas through their employers, and are responsible for confirming that their visa status permits them to both study and work in the US. Some examples of acceptable visa status for matriculation in the EMBA-NY program are H-1, L-1, O-1, among others.

If you do not currently hold such a visa it is important to note that due to the program’s employment requirements, students in this program cannot be on F-1 student visa status.

Working in the US, even remotely for a foreign employer, could be a violation of US student visa regulations, so it is advisable to speak with an immigration attorney who may be able to suggest appropriate visa options based on the type of employment and company you have.

EMBA students are on a rigorous schedule, given that they also hold full-time jobs. View calendars of sample EMBA terms.

The invitation-only interview is a chance for us to get to know you beyond your written application and for you to ask questions. Once you submit your application, you may be contacted to schedule a time to meet.

If you already have an MBA or similar degree in management studies, you are eligible to apply to the Columbia Executive MBA Program. However, we would not encourage you to do so unless you have a compelling reason. You may wish to review our course offerings and talk with an admissions officer to see how much of the program would be repetitious. Then, if you decide to apply, you should make a compelling case in your application to explain why you want to have another MBA education.

Yes, all EMBA candidates are required to submit a valid standardized test score as part of the application process. However, test scores, while important, are only one data point used in evaluating candidates. For EMBA, work experience is the primary factor in our consideration. Learn more about the EMBA Program’s GMAT/GRE/EA requirement.

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