Columbia Launches New EMBA-Americas Program

Just weeks after ending its joint EMBA program with Haas, Columbia Business School has announced it will go it alone with a new executive program called EMBA-Americas. As its name suggests, the new program will serve experienced professionals living in North and South America.

While Columbia previously served EMBA students in New York and in the Bay Area (throughs its partnership with Haas), the school will now offer programs that meet in multiple locations in the Americas. In response to changing market conditions, Columbia will make an effort to bring the EMBA experience to students, in their local markets. According to the school’s website: “Columbia EMBA-Americas is designed for highly accomplished and motivated professionals who are looking to enhance their career with a top executive MBA degree, but whose location or schedule precludes them from attending the traditional alternating weekend format of Columbia’s EMBA New York Program.”

Students will meet once a month over five semester across 20 months, “primarily in New York City,” according to Columbia, although students will also meet in Latin America and in the Bary Area. (Interesting that this move now puts Columbia in direct competition with Haas.) Once students complete the core curriculum, they will then have access to all of the electives currently offered by Columbia’s new York-based executive MBA program.

We’ve heard rumblings of other top-ranked business schools working on changes or expansions to their existing executive education programs. (All just rumors right now!) While the market for traditional, two-year programs is still robust, it’s notable that most business schools are investing heavily in these programs, suggesting that they all expect more fragmentation will come to the graduate management education market. As time goes on, comparing degrees between two programs may increasingly become an “apples and oranges” exercise.

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