Columbia Business School (CBS), located in the bustling business metropolis of New York City, offers a number of graduate and doctoral programs. While the school’s full-time MBA program is arguably its flagship offering, Columbia’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program covers the same curriculum and differs only in schedule. An executive MBA is often a good fit for professionals who have more than a few years of work experience and who prefer to keep working full-time during their studies.
The New York City–based EMBA program at CBS offers three schedule options: the Saturday format, the Friday/Saturday format, and the Americas format. In the Saturday option, which lasts 24 months, students matriculate in May and then meet each Saturday for classes. The Friday/Saturday option also starts in May and brings participants together twice biweekly, on Fridays and Saturdays, for 20 months. The Americas option begins in January and takes place over the course of 20 months in five- to six-day blocks once a month. The Friday/Saturday and the Americas options require company sponsorship, whereas sponsorship is encouraged for the Saturday option, but not mandatory.
While the EMBA program’s Saturday and Friday/Saturday formats administer the core curriculum studies solely on the CBS campus in New York, the Americas format—as the program title suggests—also takes students to other locations in the Americas during the first year of the program via three weeklong class sessions in Toronto, Seattle, and Latin America. Students in all three New York–based EMBA options who wish to explore (or continue exploring) the world as part of the program can then take advantage of certain international offerings, including one-week seminars in such destinations as Tel Aviv, Munich, and Cape Town.
Another EMBA program option exists in two formats for students who wish to go completely global: the EMBA-Global Americas and Europe program alternates class time between London Business School and the CBS campus, and the EMBA-Global Asia program takes place mainly in Hong Kong but also includes study periods in New York, Shanghai, and London.
Combining a demanding job with part-time MBA studies can be challenging, but the effort involved can confer notable advantages—not only in the professional doors an MBA typically opens and the leadership skills gained but also in the relationships established with classmates and faculty members. If you are considering applying to a part-time MBA program, sign up for a free 30-minute consultation with one of our Senior Consultants to get valuable information on starting your journey.