The Special Concentration in Business Management combines financial and managerial coursework — taught by Columbia Business School professors — with electives in economics, psychology, and sociology.

To pursue a Special Concentration in Business Management, students apply and are accepted into the program by Columbia College and Columbia Business School. 

To apply for the Special Concentration, please fill out an application form here

Applications open- December 19, 2022 

Application deadline- February 24, 2023

Decisions released- March 17, 2023


To apply for the Special Concentration in Business Management, students must meet three requirements:

  • Be of sophomore or junior standing
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Have received a B+ or better in at least one, but preferably two, prerequisite program courses in the following three required areas: statistics, economics, and psychology. Students who have completed only one prerequisite at the time of application must be currently enrolled in at least one other; acceptance is conditional on achieving a grade of B+ or higher in the second course.

Exceptions to this policy

Spring 2020: Given the mandatory Pass/Fail policy across Columbia University for Spring 2020, all courses taken Pass/Fail in Spring 2020 will count toward the Special Concentration prerequisite, core, or elective courses as if they were letter grades.

Fall 2020: Columbia College and General Studies students are able to elect the Pass/D/Fail option for one class this semester without restriction. The course chosen for this grading option can fulfill a prerequisite, core, or elective requirement for the Special Concentration.

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • Current class schedule
  • Short answer essay
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Reference from a Columbia University professor