Design.    Innovate.    Lead. 

This new dual degree program, focused on the creative application of technology, is ideal for entrepreneurs, engineers, or product managers looking to move their organizations forward by leveraging new technologies or designing and implementing innovative products and solutions.

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Curriculum

Students receive an MBA from Columbia Business School (CBS) and an Executive MS in Engineering and Applied Science from Columbia's University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in less than two years.

 

An integrated CBS/SEAS academic experience. Coursework will be taken both as a cohort and individually as students choose their own concentrations with this new innovative curriculum

  • Students begin in the fall semester at SEAS by taking 9 credits of Engineering core, alongside 3 credits of advanced Statistics and Business Analytics from the Business core, and a required elective, Foundations of Entrepreneurship. During spring semester, they take the majority of their core business courses at CBS
  • After the first year, students choose from an extensive array of electives at both schools. They also:
    • Fulfill an engineering concentration in Medical Device Design, AI and Machine Learning, Supply Chain, Retail and Service Systems, Robotics and Smart Machines, Climate, Energy, and Sustainability, or Software Systems, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
    • Complete an engineering capstone project which integrates the overall learning experience and prepares graduates to take on significant leadership roles in their area of interest
    • Fulfill a business concentration in entrepreneurship or enterprise
      • Students who choose the entrepreneurship concentration will be given a summer stipend to assist them while they pursue their venture idea. Students who pursue the enterprise concentration will obtain an internship with support from both the Engineering and Business School's Career Offices. 
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Admissions

The application for the Dual MBA/Executive MS: Engineering and Applied Science program is OPEN! 

Columbia Business School and Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science are excited to launch admission for its first cohort to begin in Fall 2023, graduating in May 2025!

Applicants will be required to submit the joint online application, resume, essays, application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts, and standardized test scores. Interviews are by invitation only. 

Deadlines:

  • Round 1 Deadline: September 28, 2022
  • Round 2 Deadline: January 11, 2023

Review Timeline and Deposits:

Round

Application Due

Decision 

Deposit Due

2nd Deposit Due<

Round 1 

September 28, 2022*

Final decision expected by December 15, 2022

If admitted, $2,000 non-refundable deposit is due by January 15, 2023

2nd deposit of $1,000 is due by April 3, 2023

Round 2

January 11, 2023*

Final decision expected by April 1, 2023

If admitted, $2,000 non-refundable deposit is due by April 19, 2023

2nd deposit of $1,000 due by May 24, 2023

*Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on the deadline.

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Career Support

Taught by leading experts from two of the world's top-ranked schools in business and engineering, our new dual degree MBAxMS program is perfect for students who aspire to leadership roles, such as VP of engineering, COO/CTO/CIO, product manager, or entrepreneur.  In addition to the summer stipend for the MBA Entrepreneurship Concentration, there are also multiple venture opportunities through The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center such as the Summer Startup Track and Columbia Technology Founder’s Track (CTech).

Students will have access to a full suite of career resources available through the career centers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business School.  Career centers at both schools will provide robust career education and advising resources covering all essential tactics to conduct an effective job search including training workshops, one-on-one career coaching and advising on self-assessment, professional pitch development, resume writing, networking, interviewing preparation, and job offer management. Additionally, students may take part in a range of professional development activities and engage with employers looking to tap the program’s talent pool, and engage with and leverage the schools alumni networks to advance their career goals.

 
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When can I apply to the program?

Applications are open! Apply here.

When I complete the program, what degree will I have?

You will receive a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and an Executive Master of Science in Engineering and Applied Science from Columbia Engineering.

What is the difference between an Executive MS in Engineering and Applied Science and a traditional MS degree in a specific field like Chemical Engineering or Computer Science?

The Executive MS program is designed to provide students with a broad set of skills related to the development of technical products and services and with in-depth coursework in a specific concentration of interest that may span multiple fields of engineering and applied science.  A traditional MS program focuses on a single field (e.g. Electrical Engineering).

Is this program STEM designated?

Yes. Both the MBA and the Exec MS in Engineering and Applied Science are classified as STEM degrees.  As this is a STEM degree program, Foreign national students with F-1 visas are eligible for post-degree work authorization, with up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Will graduates of the dual degree MBAxMS be considered alumni of both schools?

Yes. Graduates will be full-fledged members of both alumni populations.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND CURRICULUM

How long is the program?

The dual degree program is designed to be completed in 20 months. Students enter in the fall, study during fall and spring semesters, use the summer term for entrepreneurship or internship, and study in the fall and spring semesters of the following year, whereupon they graduate.

 

Is the dual degree program more credits than the traditional MBA program?

Dual degree programs like this one require more credits to complete than a traditional MBA program. In the MBAxMS, students must complete 67.5 total credits, relative to 60 in the standalone MBA program. However, the program is designed so that students complete the two degrees in the same time period as in the traditional fall-entry MBA program.

Will classes be held in-person only or will there be online components?

Both Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering are teaching fully in-person degree programs. Students should expect to take all classes in-person on our Morningside and Manhattanville campuses.

What courses are offered in the second year after core classes are completed?

There are specific courses that fulfill both the engineering and business concentration requirements that must be taken in year two. A wider variety of electives in the MBA program can be found in the CBS course catalog. There are seven possible MS concentrations that can be completed to fulfill degree requirements (see here). It is possible that other concentrations could be added in the future, but these are the options currently available and should be anticipated for our initial student cohort.

Are there electives that can be taken outside of the two schools in other parts of Columbia University?

Students may cross-register for electives in other parts of the University if time permits, but these courses will not provide credit towards fulfillment of the dual degree program.

Can applicants with a prior graduate degree, and engineering background or industry experience get credited for some courses?

All core courses in the dual degree program are required and students must fulfill concentration requirements and take the required number of elective credits. However, students with advanced academic/professional backgrounds may be eligible to take more advanced coursework.

PROCESS AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 

Is the application for MBAxMS in the regular MBA app portal or in a separate portal?

The MBAxMS application is separate from the regular MBA application and can be found here.  Applicants should only apply to one program, as we will not admit students to multiple degree programs.

Is the MBAxMS a program for working professionals?

No.  This is a full-time program of study and not appropriate for anyone seeking to remain employed full-time while enrolling. 

Is it compulsory to submit GRE/GMAT test scores?

Yes, submitting one of these test scores is a required step in the application process.

How many letters of recommendation are required and who should applicants seek out as recommendation letter writers?

Two letters of recommendation are required. We strongly encourage applicants to submit one professional letter of recommendation and one academic letter of recommendation. If you are unable to secure a recommendation from your direct supervisor, please submit a statement of explanation in the Employment section of your application. Note, you are required to submit two letters of recommendation, regardless of the type.

What amount of work experience is required to be admitted to this program?

This program has a minimum requirement of two years of professional work experience, with the expectation that most students will have between three and seven years of professional experience.

Do applicants need an undergraduate STEM degree to be admitted to this program?

Applicants to this program must show that they are academically prepared to take graduate level courses in fields of engineering or computer science. While a STEM degree is not a strict requirement, it is perhaps the best way for applicants to demonstrate this preparation.

If a student has not completed all the quantitative courses listed in the application, can they still be admitted into the program?

The dual degree application asks about previous mathematics coursework (Calculus I - IV, Linear Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Stochastic Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations) and courses in computer science, data science, and machine learning. These are not all required for admission, but they provide the admissions committee with an understanding of your background and preparation in a broad spectrum of quantitative methods.

RELATIONSHIP WITH APPLICATIONS TO OTHER PROGRAMS

Can an applicant apply to the dual MBAxMS and another masters program at Columbia Engineering at the same time?

No. Applicants should only apply to one program at Columbia Engineering as they would not be granted admission to multiple programs. Prospective applicants should seek out information about each program and speak with the Columbia Engineering admissions office to make an informed choice.

If someone has been admitted to the Deferred Enrollment Program for the MBA, how can they apply to the dual degree MBAxMS?

Individuals admitted to the MBA Deferred Enrollment Program who are interested to enroll in the MBAxMS should apply through the normal MBAxMS application process. Since they have previously been evaluated for the MBA, their applications will be reviewed with an eye towards fit with the dual degree program goals and preparation for the Executive MS coursework.

Can an applicant be rejected for the dual degree MBAxMS program but be accepted into either the standalone MBA or standalone Executive MS?

In cases where an applicant is an outstanding candidate for one of the standalone programs but not a great fit with the dual degree, the admissions teams from the respective school will be in touch with regard to a streamlined reapplication process for applying to the standalone program.

Can a current MBA student apply to the dual degree MBAxMS?

No. Students who have already started the Columbia MBA program are ineligible to apply for the dual degree MBAxMS.

Can a current Columbia Engineering student apply to the dual degree program?

Current students in the school of Engineering are welcome to apply, but it is important to note that this program has a minimum requirement of two years of professional work experience, with the expectation that students will have between three and seven years of professional experience. Previous Columbia Engineering credits will not be applied to the requirements of the dual degree program, but may allow students to take higher level elective courses.

TUITION, FINANCIAL AID, HOUSING

What are the tuition and fees for the dual degree MBAxMS?

In order to receive both degrees in two years, MBAxMS students take more credits per term than in the standalone master’s programs. Students will also take specific courses with their cohort. Estimated cost of tuition is about $88,500 for 2023-2024 and tuition/fees typically increase in the second year to meet changes in the costs of instruction. Tuition is charged as a flat rate, not by credit, and is subject to Columbia Trustee approval.

Is there financial aid available specific to this program?

Yes. Both merit-based and need-based aid will be available for admitted students. Instructions on how to apply for financial aid will be available after admission.

Does this program guarantee on-campus housing?

None of our master’s degree programs have a housing guarantee, but many of our students do live in university housing and applicants admitted to the dual degree program can apply for housing.

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