MBA News: Columbia Business School Redesigns Core Curriculum

Columbia Business School (CBS) officially unveiled the details of its new core curriculum this week in a series of 12 videos, stating that the planned changes will be implemented for this fall’s incoming class of MBA students. According to Dean Glenn Hubbard, the new curriculum is designed to respond to “changes in business and the global economic environment” that will “ensure that the School maintains its preeminence as a leader in global business education.” Among the most notable changes is an increase in the number of electives that first-year students will be able to take in a specialized field before their summer internships.

CBS added more electives to its then-rigid first-year curriculum in 2008 after receiving feedback that students felt underprepared in applying to industry-specific internships. The latest changes are the result of extensive research and evaluation conducted by a committee appointed by Dean Hubbard in January 2012. To allow for a further increase in flexibility, starting this year, the school will incorporate its required leadership course into the pre-term student orientation. Further, the core courses will be supplemented with online components, entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary thinking will be emphasized across the curriculum and the “Decision Models” course, in particular, has been revamped to include a focus on big data.

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