Columbia Business School

Essay Questions for 2014-2015 / Class of 2017

January Entry/Early Decision Deadline: October 8, 2014

Merit Fellowship Consideration: January 7, 2015

Regular Deadline: April 15, 2015

Note: Columbia Business School uses a rolling admissions process, which means applications are reviewed—and decisions rendered—as they are received. It is always advantageous for you to submit your application as early as possible.

The Essays

Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

1.  What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum).  Examples include --

Work in business development for a media company.

Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.

Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate

2.  Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

3.  Please view the video:  The Center

How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)

4.  What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words) 

5.  An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

Reapplicants are NOT required to submit additional essays.;Only the reapplicant essay is required

1.  How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate how you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals. (Maximum 500 words).

Visit the Columbia admissions website for more application information.