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Columbia MBA 2019-2020 Application Deadline and Essay Question Announcement

Columbia Business School accepts applicants on a rolling basis, which means you can apply anytime from early admissions until the final application deadline. Take note and only apply when your application reflects the strongest version of yourself. Your application is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on application deadline.

Full-Time MBA Program for August 2020 Entry:

Early Admissions: October 4, 2019

Merit Fellowship Deadline: January 3, 2020

Final Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

Short Answer Question:
“What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal?” (50 characters maximum)

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)


Knight-Bagehot Fellows:

Rather than answer Essay 1, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay (500 words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.

Wiegers Fellowship Essay Question:

What are your career goals? How has the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship affected these goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? (500 words maximum)

Deferred Enrollment Program:

Deferred Enrollment candidates will answer three short essay questions instead of the essays listed above.

Question 1:

How is a Columbia MBA going to help you? (250 words maximum)

Question 2:

What has been your favorite class, and why? (250 words maximum)

Question 3:

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