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Columbia Business School MBA Deadlines 2020-2021

The Columbia MBA deadlines for the 2020-2021 admissions season are available in the table below.

The CBS MBA admissions committee runs their admissions process on a rolling basis; candidates may apply any time before the Regular Decision Deadline. The adcom states that they aim to issue initial decisions (i.e. an interview invitation or a rejection) within six weeks of receiving an application. For candidates invited to interview, the adcom aims to communicate its final admissions decision within two weeks of receiving the interviewer’s report.

Applicants applying for Early Decision are prioritized over Regular Decision applicants.

Applicants targeting the full-time MBA at Columbia Business School should note that all materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the date of each deadline. Candidates applying for August 2020 entry to wish to be considered for merit-based fellowships must submit their materials by January 3, 2020.


2020-2021 Columbia MBA Deadlines

RoundApplication Deadline
Early Decision, August 2021 startOctober 2, 2020
Regular Decision, January 2021 startOctober 2, 2020
Regular Decision, August 2021 startApril 9, 2021
Deferred Enrollment, August 2023 startApril 15, 2021


Required Materials

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to Columbia Business School. Scanned PDF versions of transcripts from each institution should be submitted with the application, encrypted digital copies are requested if offered admission.

All applicants must provide GRE, GMAT, or EA scores. Scores are considered valid for five years after the test date. Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays, with the opportunity to include an informal essay of 500 words or less. First-time applications require two recommendations unless applying for the Deferred Enrollment Program. One recommendation should come from a current supervisor, the other from a former direct supervisor, or another professional associate senior to the applicant. Reapplicants are required to submit one new recommendation.

The non-refundable $250 application fee should be paid via credit card through the online application system. Fee waivers are available to full-time students, active-duty US military personnel, and members of the Peace Corps, or Teach For All network partners who are currently in service. The Application fee is automatically waived for the Deferred Enrollment Program.

Applications cannot be reviewed until they are complete. Missing required materials, updated test scores, or additional materials must be received by the Admissions Office within three weeks of submission or the application will be withdrawn.columbia mba deadlines

How Does the Interview Process Work?

Interviews are by invitation only and cannot be requested. Invitations to interview can be sent at any time after a completed application has been received by the Admissions Office. The timing of the interview has no bearing on the likelihood of acceptance.

Interviews are usually conducted by alumni in or near the applicant’s geographic area. If one is not available, applicants will be invited to interview via telephone or Skype. The interviewer will not be familiar with the application details except for a professional resume if the applicant chooses to provide one. The interviewer will provide a report to the admissions office within one week following the interview.

Applicants generally receive a decision within two weeks of the completed interview report.


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