Columbia MBA Essays

Columbia MBA Essays               2010 - 2011

You must complete two essays. An optional third essay will enable you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays. Applicants who are reapplying within 12 months of a previous application for admission are required to write only a single reapplicant essay. Please note you may only apply once to a given term of entry.  Knight-Bagehot Fellows: Please use the space allocated to the first essay for the Wiegers Fellowship Application essay.

Required Essays

Essay 1:  What are your short-term and long-term professional goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Maximum of 750 words)

Essay 2:  Please tell us about yourself and your personal interests. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Maximum of 500 words)

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Current Essay Questions!
The essay questions that appear on this page are for candidates who plan to apply during the fall of 2010 or the winter of 2011 and start classes in the fall of 2011.

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Application Deadlines

HBS has four application deadlines:   
The deadlines below are for the full-time MBA program.

  •   Round
  •         1
  •         2
  •         3
  • Deadline
  • October 6, 2010*
  • January 5, 2011**
  • April 13, 2011

School Data

Ave. GMAT                           ----
Middle 80%             680 - 760
Median Age                           28
Median Work (Mos.)         55
Acceptance Rate                  15%
Yield                                         72%
BW Ranking                            7
U.S. News Ranking               9