Select Business School MBA (B8000-level) offerings are open to all currently enrolled:

  • Graduate degree candidates at Columbia University, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary
  • Undergraduate seniors at Columbia College (CC), Barnard College (BC), The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and the School of General Studies (GS)
  • Post-baccalaureate students in the School of Professional Studies (SPS)

Information on EMBA (B7000-level) and PhD (B9000-level) cross-registration may be found on their websites.

Cross Registration Regulations & Instructions

Course Availability and Enrollment Instructions

Students may enroll in an MBA elective course (B8000-level) through Student Services Online (SSOL). For students who do not utilize SSOL for registration, see “Special Instructions for Students Without SSOL Registration Access” section below.

Instructors do not manage the enrollment of academic courses. Only courses with appropriate open capacity will be made available for cross-registration application. If a course is not listed on this website as available to cross-registrants, there is no other form of appeal to gain access to the course.

The MBA Course Directory provides access to full course descriptions and whether a course has a pre- and/or co-requisite.

Special Instructions for Students Without SSOL Registration Access: If your School does not provide registration access via SSOL, please complete a registration request form. We will process requests throughout the registration period noted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre- and Co-Requisite Enforcement

Electives that have core course pre- and/or co-requisites beginning with B6xxx will not be enforced. These courses are listed below:

B6500 Lead: People, Teams, Organizations

B6100 Managerial Statistics

B6101 Business Analytics

B6200 Managerial Economics

B6001 Financial Accounting

B6601 Marketing

B6300 Corporate Finance

B6502 Strategy Formulation

B6301 Foundations of Valuation B6302 Corporate Finance

B6201 Global Economic Environment

B6102 Operations Management

By enrolling in an MBA elective that has a core course pre- or co-requisite, you assume responsibility for having the necessary background and preparation. If it is determined that you do not have the necessary background, instructors do have the right to request that you be deregistered. Please consider your options carefully!

Electives that have course pre- and/or co-requisites beginning with B8xxx will be enforced.

The Finance course Capital Markets & Investments (FINC B8306) is a prerequisite for most finance courses. The following Columbia courses offered outside of the Business School have been approved as equivalent to B8306:

  • IEOR E4711 Global Capital Markets (SEAS)
  • MATH G5280 Capital Markets and Investments (GSAS)
  • INAF U6045 International Capital Markets (SIPA) and INAF U6022 Economics of Finance (SIPA) taken together fulfill the Business School's prerequisite of FINC B8306 Capital Markets & Investments.
    • Note for SIPA Students: For Business School electives that list B8306 Capital Markets as a co-requisite, one class (U6045 or U6022) should have already been taken and the other class should be taken concurrently with the B-School elective requiring the B8306 Capital markets co-requisite.

All other stated prerequisites have to have been taken at the Business School. Instructors may not waive these prerequisites. Students who believe they have the appropriate background may take the applicable exemption exam.

Exemption Exams

We offer online exemption exams for the following electives:

*If you believe that you have considerable background in B8306 or B8331, please email [email protected] to request exemption exam access. Please include your UNI with your request.

#If you believe that you have considerable background in B8136/B0001 or B8154, please visit the Python at Columbia Business School website to review the process of obtaining a waiver via examination. Scroll to the very bottom and look for "Cross Registrations from Other Columbia Schools" for details as well.

Drop or Withdrawal Procedures and Deadlines

Dropping or withdrawing from business school courses occurs via SSOL. For students without SSOL access, MBA course drop or withdrawal requests must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Relevant registration deadlines will be included in Registration Periods & Available Courses section below.

Registration Periods & Available Courses (Subject to Change)

Please note, course availabilities and registration periods are subject to change. We will be making changes to this page up until the date that the registration period opens. Once the registration period opens, there will be no more changes.

Registration periods and tentative lists of MBA courses available for the current period are below. Course information, including date, time, and location, can be found on the individual course page. If a course is not listed on this website as available to cross-registrants, there is no other form of appeal to gain access to the course.

Fall 2022: Full Term, A-Term & B-Term Classes

The courses below will be available through SSOL beginning September 6, 9:30AM EDT. (This date had to be revised last-minute as there are a number of Columbia students without registration appointments on Friday, September 2. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes for some of you.)

For students who do not utilize SSOL for registration, see “Course Availability and Enrollment Instructions” section above.

Class_Name Call_Number Course_Identifier Section_Code Instructor_Last_Name Credits
Transforming the Delivery 17464 DROMB8118 1 Foster          1.5
Python for MBAs 17444 DROM8145 1 Griffel 1.5
Pub Pensions & Rtrmt Sec 17476 FINCB8471 1 Hughes          1.5
Real Estate Finance 17296 FINCB8331 1 Piskorski       3
Chal Mmt & Dis of Envr So 17454 ACCTB8027 1 Bourveau        1.5
Business Strategies for S 17446 MGMTB8587 1 Kogut           1.5
Introduction to Programmi 17286 DROMB8144 1 Lander          1.5
Merg & Acquisitions Accou 17478 ACCTB8025 1 Ohl             1.5
ESG Equity Investing 17281 FINCB8468 1 Zurack          1.5
GLOBAL ECON ENV II 17312 BUECB8250 1 Wei             1.5
Climate Change &  Energy 17313 BUECB8201 1 Heal            1.5
Navigating China 17300 BUECB8365 1 Wei             3
Marketing Research 360: F 17369 MRKTB8656 1 Jedidi          3
Elec Trading in Finc Mark 17452 FINCB8472 1 White           1.5

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will I be graded?

All cross registrants are graded on the A-F letter scale regardless of the grading system used by the department offering the class or the student's home school. Acceptable grades in cases of cross registration (with MBA grade equivalents) are A+ (H+), A (H), A- (H-), B+ (HP+), B (HP), B- (HP-), C+ (P1+), C (P1), C- (P1-), D (LP), F, IN, and W.

Can I audit a Business School course?

Auditing is only available for matriculated Business School students. Cross-registrants are not able to audit courses at the Business School.

How do I drop a course?

MBA course drops must be processed via SSOL. For students without SSOL registration access, MBA course drop requests must be submitted via email to [email protected].

I just enrolled in a course. How long will it take to get Canvas access?

In two days' time most students will be able to access their course materials by visiting http://canvas.gsb.columbia.edu.

Can I take a Business School course on a pass/fail (P/F) basis?

While all students, regardless of academic program, will receive a letter (A-F) grade, cross registrants do have the option of electing pass/fail for all courses registered. Electing pass/fail "covers" the original passing grade earned, while failing grades will post as "F." P/F grading must be processed at the home school level using a Registration Adjustment Form. Please follow the procedures of your home school for processing the form.

A course that I am interested in is not on the list. Can I still register for it?

No. Only courses that are on the list are available for cross-registration.

The professor gave me permission to take a CBS course. How do I enroll?

The only way to enroll in a Business School course is through the cross-registration application. Professors do not manage enrollment of academic courses.

How much tuition and/or fees will I be billed when enrolled in a Columbia Business School course?

Columbia University & Union Theological Seminary Students: Columbia University & Union Theological Seminary students do not pay extra tuition if enrolled in a Business School course. They will pay their home school's tuition rates. Some courses do have special fees, however, and those will be denoted separately on your tuition bill.

Teachers College Students: Teachers College students are charged a per-point rate for courses taken at Columbia University; these rates vary depending on the host school. See Non-TC Tuition Rates for further information. Additionally, some courses do have special fees and those will be denoted separately on your TC tuition bill.

Can I enroll in an MBA (B6000-level) Core course?

No. Only select electives, courses starting with B8xxx, will be available for cross-registration. Core classes, courses starting with B6xxx, are not available for cross-registration. The following MBA core courses are only open to MBA students:

B6500 Lead: People, Teams, Organizations

B6100 Managerial Statistics

B6101 Business Analytics

B6200 Managerial Economics

B6001 Financial Accounting

B6601 Marketing

B6300 Corporate Finance

B6502 Strategy Formulation

B6301 Foundations of Valuation B6302 Corporate Finance

B6201 Global Economic Environment

B6102 Operations Management

What is the difference between Block Week, Full-Term, A-Term, and B-Term Classes?

Typically, Block Week classes are offered the week(s) prior to the start of our regular semester.

Full-Term class are those that run the entire length of the semester.

A-Term classes are those that run the first half of a full semester, while B-Term classes run the second half of a semester.

For related dates, see the MBA Academic Calendar.

 

I have joined the waitlist for a class that has open seats. Why haven't I been enrolled?

While there may still be available seats in a course, there are additional cross-registrant capacity limitations that may preclude you from being enrolled.

 

If your particular question is not covered on this site, you may email [email protected].