Columbia Business School MBA Application Deadlines (2023-2024)

An overview of CBS' recently announced deadlines, application requirements, and decision deadlines for the 2023-2024 MBA application cycle.

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Columbia Business School has announced its MBA application deadlines for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, providing prospective students with a clear timeline to plan their application materials. Keep reading to find out the key dates and important details to ensure a smooth application process.

2023-2024 Application Deadlines

January 2024 Entry

  • Application materials due September 13, 2023
  • Columbia Business School employs a rolling admissions process for January entry applications, ensuring that applications are evaluated and decisions are made in the order they are received. Thus, it is in your best interest to submit your application as early as possible.

August 2024 Entry

Round 1: September 13, 2023

  • Interview Notifications: Mid-October
  • Decision Notifications: Mid-December

Round 2: January 5, 2024

  • Interview Notifications: Early-to-mid February
  • Decision Notifications: Late March

Round 3: April 3, 2024

  • Interview Notifications: Mid-to-late April
  • Decision Notifications: Early May

* 2024 Deferred Enrollment application deadlines have not yet been released

Note that ALL application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST in order to qualify for that round. Furthermore, the January and August paths are nearly identical in setup and content; however, August-entry students have the advantage of being able to pursue a summer internship, while January-entry (J-Term) students will focus on completing their second-term coursework during the summer after finishing their first-term courses in the spring.

Which Application Round Should You Apply To?

Strategically timing your application round for the Columbia MBA program is crucial, considering the unique advantages and factors associated with each round. Opting for the first round showcases a strong interest in Columbia, but it also means competing against a highly competitive applicant pool. The second and third rounds offer more flexibility to refine your application and potentially access increased scholarship opportunities; although, it's worth noting that Round 3 typically has fewer available spots. Ultimately, selecting the right application round should align with your preparedness, timeline, and ability to highlight your exceptional qualifications, ensuring you stand out among fellow candidates vying for a coveted spot at Columbia.

Feeling uncertain about which application round suits you best? Read: An Overview of the MBA Admissions Rounds: When to Apply To Business School

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Columbia Application Overview (2023-2024)

In order to submit a successful application to Columbia, you will need to make sure to include the following materials:

  • Transcripts
    • Applicants are required to upload PDF copies of their transcripts from every college or university they have previously attended, both for their undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • GPA
    • It is important for applicants to accurately report their grade point average (GPA) exactly as it is stated on their official transcript.
  • GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE Score
    • Scores are deemed valid by Columbia Business School for a period of five years following the date of your test.
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • 3 required essays, 1 optional essay (see more on Columbia's website here)
    • Prompts:
      • Through your resume and recommendation, 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)
      • Describe a time or situation when you had the need to utilize one of more of these five skills, and tell us the actions you took and the outcome. (250 words)
      • Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you academically, culturally, and professionally? Please be specific. (250 words)
      • Optional: If you wish to provide further information or additional context around your application to the Admissions Committee, please upload a brief explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)
      • Deferred Enrollment candidates will answer two short essay questions instead of the essays listed above.
        • Why are you interested in obtaining a Columbia MBA in the future? (300 words maximum)
        • Who is a leader you admire, and why? (300 words maximum)
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  • Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Application Fee
    • $250

Delve deeper into the Columbia MBA program by exploring this informative article that covers additional aspects such as the business school’s curriculum, program structure, application requirements, class profile, and more: Columbia Business School – MBA Program and Application Overview

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