Deadlines for Columbia’s 2020-2021 admissions cycle have recently come out. Take note that CBS utilizes a rolling admissions process, meaning, once applications are open, Columbia continuously interviews and accepts candidates. So, try to avoid on or near the final deadline, as open spaces may be incredibly limited.


August 2021 Entry (MBA Class of 2023)

Early: 02 October 2020

Merit Fellowship Deadline: 06 January 2021

Final: 09 April 2021

For those aiming for an August entry, CBS provides the following information:

Early Decision

  • Available for August entry applicants only

  • Application deadline in early October

  • Early Decision applications are reviewed, and decisions rendered, before Regular Decision applications

  • Admitted students for Early Decision are considered for merit-based awards.

  • Candidates have decided that Columbia is their first choice and must sign the following statement of commitment within their applications: I am committed to attending Columbia Business School and will withdraw all applications and decline all offers from other schools upon admission to Columbia Business School.

  • Applicants must submit a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit within two weeks of admission.

Regular Decision

  • Candidates may submit Regular Decision applications as soon as the application becomes available in the summer.

  • Regular Decision applications are reviewed after Early Decision applications.

  • No statement of commitment required.

  • For priority consideration of merit-based fellowships, applications should be submitted by the specified merit-based fellowship deadline in early January

  • Final application deadline in April.

Developing a powerful admissions strategy will be necessary to get you into CBS, so be sure to reach out to our experts about how you can do so. Also, for technical details about the application process, you can consult Columbia’s website.

Published On: August 17th, 2020 / Categories: Columbia, Deadlines, MBA News / Tags: , , , , /