Posted on May 12, 2017

Columbia Business School MBA & EMBA Essay Questions & Deadlines -2017-18

Columbia Business School

  The new application season has started. Columbia Business School application essays and deadlines will go live on  Monday, May 15, 2017.

Here are the application deadlines and essay questions:


Early Decision/January October 4, 2017

Merit-Based Fellowship Deadline: January 5, 2018

Final Regular Decision:      April 11, 2018

*Candidates have three weeks from the date when they submit their application to send updated test scores/materials.

January Admitted Student Second Deposit Deadline: November 10, 2017

Updated Deposit Language (will post after June 1):

All admitted students are required to submit two nonrefundable tuition deposits to secure their place in the class after admission.

Admitted students for the January-entry and August-entry Early Decision must submit deposits within two weeks of admission. If you are admitted for August-entry Regular Decision on or before January 31, 2018, you must submit your deposit by February 20, 2018. If you are admitted from February 1, 2018, through April 6, 2018, you must submit your deposit by April 20, 2017. Applicants admitted after April 6, 2018, will have two weeks to submit their initial deposit.

Students for the January-entry are required to submit a second deposit by November 10, 2017. All early August-entry Early Decision and Regular Decision admitted students are required to submit a second deposit by May 25, 2018, in order to secure their spaces in the class.


Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (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: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting, and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

EMBA Essay #2: 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)

Essay #3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)

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