Posted on May 22, 2019

Columbia Deadlines and Essay Questions -2019-20

Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School has released Application deadlines and Essay questions for the 2019-20 MBA application season.


August Entry:

Application due: October 4, 2019
Merit-based fellowship deadline: January 3, 2020
Final regular decision: April 10, 2020

J-Term 2020:

Application due: October 4, 2019

Students may enroll in either August or January. CBS notes that the paths are identical in terms of the competitiveness of admissions, academic rigor, and student resources. However, they differ in terms of timing and the opportunity to complete a summer internship.

The August entry has two review periods — early decision and regular decision. CBS uses a rolling admissions process. Therefore, it is always to your advantage to apply well before the deadline.

All applications are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline.

For additional information, please visit Columbia’s MBA admissions website


This year, applicants to Columbia Business School must complete one short answer question and three essays. Essay questions 2 and 3 are new this year.

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (Maximum 50 Characters)

Essay #1

Through your resume 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)

Essay #2

Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 Words)

Essay #3

Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 Words)

Optional Essay:

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)

Please visit the Columbia Business School website for more information.

Free Resources:

10 Key Essay Tips with Examples
Essay Analysis of Other Tops Programs- 2019-20
25 Video/Chat Interviews of Successful MER Students

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