Columbia University: Columbia Business School (CBS)

DEADLINES

ESSAYS

Applicants must complete one short answer question and two essays.

Short Answer Question

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)

Essay 1 (Required by all first-time applicants and reapplicants who last applied before 2012)

A. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals? (Maximum 500 words)

B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School. Along with more than 100student organizations and countless events each semester, the cluster system helps to create a supportive and devoted lifelong community. Describe why you are interested in becoming a part of the Columbia community. (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 2 (Required by all first-time applicants and reapplicants who last applied before 2012)

Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today. This essay should have a personal rather than a professional focus. (Maximum 500 words)

Optional Essay

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. (Maximum 500 words)

Knight-Bagehot Fellows

Rather than answer the first essay question above, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay 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? (750 words maximum)

Reapplication Essay (Required by all reapplicants who last applied in 2012)

A. 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).

B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School. Along with more than 100 student organizations and countless events each semester, the cluster system helps to create a supportive and devoted lifelong community.

Describe why you are interested in becoming a part of the Columbia community. (Maximum 250 words)

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. What is your relationship to and how long have you known the applicant? Is he or she still employed by your organization?

2. Please list three to five adjectives describing the applicant's strengths.

3. Please compare the applicant's performance to that of his or her peers.

4. What does the applicant do best?

5. If you were giving feedback to the applicant regarding his or her professional performance and personal effectiveness, in what areas would you suggest he or she work to improve?

6. How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?

7. How effective are the applicant's interpersonal skills in the workplace?

8. On the below scale, please rate the applicant's individual vs. team orientation (1