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4. Columbia University
Index: 94.8
Tuition & Fees: $148,320
GMAT required?: Yes
Program length: 20 months

The executive MBA curriculum at Columbia Business School balances cross-disciplinary skills and strategies with topics relevant to students' specific interests. Much of the first year is devoted to the core curriculum, with courses designed to offer students a holistic understanding of business from the perspective of senior leadership.

Students take core classes with the same cluster of 60 to 70 students and complete most assignments with learning teams -- five- to six-person groups. The second year consists mainly of electives.

Columbia's EMBA Program offers two scheduling paths: EMBA Friday/Saturday and the new EMBA Saturday. Depending on their program, students are required to complete 22 courses (11 core and 11 electives) totaling 60 credits over either five or six consecutive terms.

CBS also offers partner programs, including EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, EMBA-Global Asia, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA. These programs divide class time between Columbia Business School and partner institutions.

Last updated March 01 2011: 10:19 AM ET
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