Columbia Business School has been pioneering business practices and educating leaders from around the world for nearly a century. The School joins rigorous academic theory and real-world practice through broad engagement with the business community. In doing so, it fosters in students an entrepreneurial mindset for recognizing and capturing opportunity—critical attributes for global business leaders.
Columbia Business School was first founded in 1916, thanks in part to a generous gift from the banking executive Emerson McMillin. There were 11 faculty members on our initial staff, teaching an inaugural class of 61, including eight women. Today, as the School has evolved to meet the needs of an ever-changing business world, both our numbers and our reach have multiplied.
In addition to the Full-Time MBA, the School now offers several Executive MBA options, as well as doctoral and master of science degrees and robust Executive Education opportunities. Throughout this evolution, we have maintained an unwavering commitment to improving the world of business through cutting-edge research, innovative education, and an expanding global network.
KNOWLEDGE: An Unrivaled Culture of Academic Excellence
Our faculty members are the best minds in their fields operating in the world’s business hub, New York City. Their groundbreaking research influences business practices in every sector. Informed in real time by the global business environment, they teach a transformative and ever-evolving curriculum that develops leaders poised to create opportunity in any environment. And they are joined by leading practitioners from almost every industry and function who come to the School to share their practical, hands-on knowledge with students. Our Executive Education programs focus on delivering knowledge that powers performance.
ACCESS: Exposure to the Pulse of Business, Inside and Outside the Classroom
As the only top Ivy League business school immersed in the global business hub that is New York City, we offer students unparalleled access to leaders from across industries — in the classroom, throughout the city, and around the globe. In addition to the guest lecturers who visit our classrooms regularly, programs like our Executives in Residence, which integrates senior executives into the life of the School, and the Silfen Leadership Series bring influential leaders to campus, and give our students incredible, real-world insights on a daily basis.
COMMUNITY: Diverse, Open, Entrepreneurial
Each year, high achievers from around the world arrive at Columbia Business School with a diverse array of interests and perspectives. Here, they enjoy a culture that encourages an open exchange of ideas. At Columbia, our students find the support, network, and opportunity to thrive. Through offerings like our more than 200 elective courses and 100-plus student clubs, we help them pursue their passions. Inside and outside the classroom, we teach them to be entrepreneurs who can convert big ideas into big opportunities even at established organizations. Through Executive Education programs, Columbia Business School reaches an additional 3,000 global business leaders who are changing the face of business with the knowledge they acquire at Columbia.
IMPACT: Making a Powerful Impact on Business and Society
The thought leadership of our faculty and staff and our position at the center of global business mean that we make an immediate and measurable impact on the forces shaping business. Around the globe, our 40,000-plus alumni are tackling the increasingly complex problems of today and making a difference, not only in their own industries and sectors, but also for society at large. They’re empowering entrepreneurs in the developing world, reimagining urban recycling and disaster relief, promoting diversity at the top of the most influential organizations in business, and much more. Our Executive Education programs are designed to drive impact that helps business leaders and companies power their performance.