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Columbia Business School



Established 1916
University Columbia University
School type Private
Dean R. Glenn Hubbard
Faculty 136
MBA Students 1,433
PhD Students ~100
Location New Yorkmarker, NYmarker, USAmarker
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Columbia University Graduate School of Business, also known as Columbia Business School (CBS), is the business school of Columbia University in New York, New Yorkmarker. It was established in 1916 to provide business training and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students. Its admission process is among the most selective of top business schools and it is one of six Ivy League business schools.

Columbia Business School is known for its close ties to Wall Streetmarker and the seminal work completed in the field of Finance by professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd. It is affiliated with 13 winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics including current professors Robert Mundell, Joseph Stiglitz and Edmund Phelps. The School has an international emphasis, and many alumni have achieved distinction in the public as well as the private sector.


A. Barton Hepburn, then president of Chase Manhattan Bank, founded the School in 1916 with 11 full-time faculty members and an opening class of 61 students, including 8 women. The School expanded rapidly, enrolling 420 students by 1920 and in 1924, added a PhD program to the existing BS and MS degree programs.

In 1945, Columbia Business School authorized the awarding of the Master of Business Administration degree (MBA). Shortly thereafter, the School adopted the Hermes emblem as its symbol, reflecting the entrepreneurial nature of the Greek god Hermes and his association with business, commerce and communication.

In 1952, CBS admitted its last class of undergraduates. The school currently offers executive education programs that culminate in a Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE) and full alumni status, and several degree programs for the MBA and PhD degrees. In addition to the full-time MBA, the school offers four Executive MBA programs: the NY-EMBA Friday/Saturday program, the EMBA-Global program (launched in 2001 in conjunction with the London Business Schoolmarker), the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program (launched in 2002 in conjunction with the Haas School of Businessmarker at University of California, Berkeleymarker), and the EMBA-Global Asia program (launching in 2009 in conjunction with the London Business Schoolmarker and the University of Hong Kong Business Schoolmarker). Students in jointly run programs earn an MBA degree from each of the cooperating institutions.

On July 1, 2004, R. Glenn Hubbard became Columbia Business School's eleventh dean. Hubbard, the former chair of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, has worked at the intersection of the private, government and nonprofit sectors and has been actively engaged in national and international economic policy issues.


Today, Columbia Business School is primarily housed in Uris Hall, a renovated 1960s structure at the center of Columbia's Morningside Heightsmarker campus. An auxiliary space, Warren Hall, is situated on Amsterdam Avenue and is shared with the law school. In 2006, rumors that the business school would be moved to a new, more spacious facility at Columbia's planned new campus on 125th Street in Manhattanvillemarker were confirmed.

MBA Program

The Columbia MBA Program is designed to prepare its students for the challenges they will face as emerging leaders in a rapidly changing business world. The admission process is highly competitive with an admission rate of 15% in 2009.
The student body is highly accomplished and diverse. Students in the class that entered in 2009 come from 61 countries and speak more than 50 languages. The most represented undergraduate universities in the MBA student body are the University of Pennsylvaniamarker, Cornell Universitymarker, Columbia University, Harvard Universitymarker, Yale Universitymarker, Duke Universitymarker, Tufts Universitymarker, Princeton Universitymarker, Georgetown Universitymarker, Dartmouth Collegemarker, University of Virginiamarker, Brown Universitymarker, Stanford Universitymarker, and UC Berkeleymarker.

The revised core curriculum, launching in the fall of 2008, represents about 40% of the degree requirement. It consists of 2 full courses and 12 half-term courses including Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Managerial Statistics, Managerial Economics, Leadership, Operations Management, and Marketing Strategy. While the first year of the program is usually devoted to completing the requirements of the core curriculum, the second year provides students with the opportunity to choose from the more than 130 elective courses available at the School and supplement them with more than 4,000 graduate-level classes from the University's other graduate and professional schools. Among the most popular electives at Columbia Business School are the Economics of Strategic Behavior, Financial Statement Analysis and Earnings Quality, Launching New Ventures, Modern Political Economy, and the Seminar in Value Investing.

The recently launched Columbia CaseWorks program utilizes the faculty’s research and industry experience and brings that perspective into the classroom through the development of new cases and teaching materials. Beginning in orientation and continuing through core classes and electives, students are immersed in cases that use faculty research to address real-world business issues. Columbia CaseWorks challenges students to debate corporate decision making and to develop appropriate recommendations and solutions.

Graduating students are rewarded with generous salaries. In 2007, the median starting base salary was $100,000 with a median $30,000 signing bonus and a median $30,000 of other guaranteed compensation. According to Forbes Magazine, 90% of billionaires with M.B.A.s obtained their master's degree from one of three schools: Harvard, Columbia or U. Penn's Wharton School of Business .

Areas of Focus

Many students choose to focus on a particular area in order to gain deeper knowledge in a specific discipline. Columbia Business School offers the following areas of focus:

Value Investing Program

As part of its MBA curriculum, Columbia Business School offers the Value Investing Program at the prestigious Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing, for a handful of selected business school students. The program includes Applied Value Investing and Special Situations Investing. Adjunct professors include hedge fund managers, such as Joel Greenblatt, Paul Sonkin and William Von Mueffling. The program also features an extensive list of guest speakers which include Seth Klarman, Michael Price, Bill Nygren, Charles Brandes and Chris Browne. Notable graduates of the value investing program include Warren Buffett, Mario Gabelli, Leon Cooperman, Chuck Royce, Paul Sonkin and William von Mueffling.

Entrepreneurship Program

Columbia Business School's Entrepreneurship Program strives to provide students with the skills required for venturing and providing opportunities for them to start an entrepreneurial career in four career paths: entrepreneurship in new ventures, entrepreneurship in large organizations, private equity financing and social entrepreneurship. Consequently, entrepreneurship among Columbia MBA students is on the rise, with 20 students in the MBA Class of 2007 starting their own businesses directly after graduation.

Executive MBA Program

Columbia Business School's Executive MBA (EMBA) Program is a 20-month graduate program designed specifically for businesspeople that are looking to enhance their education without interrupting their careers. The EMBA program is taught on campus at Columbia University by full-time faculty. The first year of classes consists of the same core curriculum as the Full-Time MBA program. Executive education is the focus of the second year.

In addition to the New York–based EMBA Program, Columbia offers three partner programs to meet the differing needs and geographical distribution of prospective students. The EMBA-Global program started in 2001. It is a 20-month program administered in partnership with the London Business Schoolmarker. The program enrolls approximately 70 students from around the world per year. Courses are taught by the full-time faculty of both schools. During the first year, the core curriculum classes alternate monthly between the campuses of Columbia University and the London Business School. The core curriculum is similar to that offered in the regular EMBA programs offered separately by each school, but with a more transnational-business emphasis. Second year classes may be selected from the portfolio of EMBA classes offered at either or both partner schools.

The second partner program is the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA, administered in conjunction with the Haas School of Businessmarker at the University of California, Berkeleymarker. This 19-month program enrolls approximately 70 students per year. Classes are divided into five terms. Each term contains five sessions that typically meet Thursday through Saturday. One session per term is held at the Columbia University campus, the other four are held on campus at the Haas School of Business. Courses are taught by the full-time faculty of both schools. The core curriculum is taught during the first three terms and consists of material similar to that given in the other EMBA programs. The last two terms offer elective courses. Students may opt to spend one term studying exclusively in the NY-EMBA program at Columbia or in the other MBA programs offered at Berkeley.

The third partner program is EMBA-Global Asia, run jointly with the London Business Schoolmarker and the University of Hong Kongmarker. This 20-month program follows a curriculum similar to the EMBA-Global program. Classes are held in Hong Kong, London, New York, and Shanghai. The inaugural class starts in May, 2009.

Because students in the partner EMBA programs must satisfy the separate requirements of each school, they earn an MBA degree from each participating university. Likewise, they become alumni of each university and business school and may avail themselves of all programs and privileges afforded to alumni.

Doctoral Program

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is administered by the Business School. Admission is highly competitive with 603 applicants in 2007 for positions in an entering class of 18 students (3%). A PhD in Management or Business is a common precursor to an academic career in business schools.

Throughout the program, students become familiar with research methods and the literature of their major fields through research projects and directed reading. Doctoral candidates begin the program mastering basic research tools by studying subjects such as economics, behavioral science and quantitative methods, in addition to completing course work and examinations in the major field of study. The completion of course work and qualifying examinations normally requires two to three years.

The research phase begins as early as the first year, when students serve as research assistants, and continues throughout their time at the School. Students gradually become more involved in the design and execution of research and, by the end of the second year, have typically produced at least one paper suitable for publication, often as coauthor with a faculty member. The later years of the program are dedicated to original research and the creation of the dissertation.

Recent Columbia PhD placements include the following:


Columbia Business School’s eminence is rooted in the strength, leadership and experience of its 136 full-time faculty members, including Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel laureate in economics; Ray Fisman, the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise; and Bernd Schmitt, the Robert D. Calkins Professor of International Business. The current Dean is the former Presidential Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Glenn Hubbard. Hedge fund guru Joel Greenblatt is currently an adjunct professor. Bruce Greenwald teaches Value Investing and Economics of Strategic Behavior electives. Adam Dell, brother of Dell Inc. CEO Michael Dell, is a venture capitalist who teaches Business Innovation and Technology. Jonathan Knee teaches Finance and is the author of a book titled "The Accidental Investment Banker". James Freeman teaches Investment Banking and is the CEO of a boutique investment bank by the same name. Frederic Mishkin, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, returned to teach at CBS starting fall 2008.

Academic Divisions

The School's faculty are divided into five academic units:

Research centers

Research centers at Columbia Business School include:

Annual Dinner

Held each year on the first Monday in May, the Annual Dinner is a highlight of the Columbia Business School calendar and brings together more than 1,000 business leaders, faculty members, students, alumni and friends for an evening of support for the School's many programs and initiatives. The event provides critical resources for curriculum development, student financial aid, faculty research and the day-to-day operations of the School.

Recent Award Recipients

Since 1977, two awards have been presented at each Annual Dinner, the Distinguished Leadership in Business Award and the Distinguished Leadership in Government Award, to honorees whose careers exemplify the professional, ethical, and leadership principles that define Columbia Business School.

Distinguished Leadership in Business

2008 Russel L. Carson, General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe
2007 Lew Frankfort, Chairman and CEO, Coach Inc.
2006 Sidney Taurel, Chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
2005 Bob Wright, Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric Company
2004 A Tribute to Meyer Feldberg for his visionary 15-year deanship of Columbia Business School
2003 Rochelle B. Lazarus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide
2002 Sanford Weill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup Inc.
2001 Jacques Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company

Distinguished Leadership in Government

2008 Ben Bernanke, Fed Chairmanship, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
2007 Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
2006 Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State, United States of Americamarker
2005 Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senator, New Jerseymarker
2004 A Tribute to Meyer Feldberg for his visionary 15-year deanship of Columbia Business School
2003 John Whitehead, Chairman, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
2002 Joseph Stiglitz; Former Chair, Council of Economic Advisors; Chief Economist, World Bank; 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Professor, Columbia Business School
2001 Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor, New York Citymarker

Full-Time MBA Ranking

Columbia has consistently been ranked among the top business schools in the world by BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Columbia Business School is one of only two U.S. business schools currently ranked in the top ten of each of these five major publications.

The full-time MBA program has received these rankings recently:
  • #1 Financial Times, 2007 Ranking of rankings, US Ranking
  • #2 Financial Times, 2007 Ranking of rankings, Global ranking
  • #4 Financial Times, 2009 Global ranking (#3 US)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    • #3 in US National Ranking, 2007
    • #6 in International Ranking, 2007
    • #1 for Women, 2006
    • #4 for Minorities, 2006
    • #3 for Finance, 2006
    • #4 for International Business, 2006
  • #3 Princeton Review Selectivity rating, 2007
  • #4 QS Top MBA ranking, 2009
  • #5 Princeton Review 2007 Best Career Prospects
  • #5 Aspen Institute U.S. Rankings
  • #5 Los Mejores MBA Globales published by CNN Expansión (2008).
  • #6 Aspen Institute Global Rankings
  • #6 Forbes, 2007
  • #7 BusinessWeek, 2009
  • #9 U.S. News & World Report, 2009
  • #10 (US), #20 (International) Economist Intelligence Unit, 2009

Executive MBA Ranking

  • #1 worldwide, Financial Times, 2008 Executive MBA Rankings, Global-EMBA program
  • #2 US Program, #10 worldwide. Financial Times, 2008 Executive MBA Rankings, NY-EMBA program
  • #3 US Program, #16 worldwide. Financial Times, 2008 Executive MBA Rankings, Berkeley-Columbia program
  • #5 US News and World Report 2010 Rankings
  • #4 BusinessWeek Executive MBA Rankings, NY-EMBA program
  • #8 Wall Street Journal Executive MBA Rankings, 2008, NY-EMBA program
  • #12 Wall Street Journal Executive MBA Rankings, 2008, Berkeley-Columbia program
  • #13 Wall Street Journal Executive MBA Rankings, 2008, Global-EMBA program

Prominent alumni


The Columbia Business School Follies is a student club that works throughout each semester to put together a production in which students write, choreograph, and perform comedy skits. It achieved notoriety in 2006 for Every Breath Bernanke Takes, its video parody of the Police song "Every Breath You Take". It purports to be from Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Business School, in response to Hubbard's being a runner-up to the Fed Chairmanship assumed by Ben Bernanke. In 2008,the Follies team released a sequel to this video called "The Market Crashed On Me", a parody of the Boyz II Men song "On Bended Knee". The Follies' other notable video parodies include Damn It Feels Good To Be A Banka, B-School Guy vs. Law School Guy, and Baby Got WACC.

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