Similar Academic Programs
Penn (Wharton). Increasingly flexible in recent years, Wharton now allows first-year students to tailor more of their first-year curriculum. Also very analytical and data-driven, Wharton is another school with a quant reputation trying to diversity its reputation beyond finance. Like Columbia, it has also made investments in academic areas of real estate, global business, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.
Chicago (Booth). Booth’s curriculum is even more flexible than Wharton’s, with just one required course and multiple options to fulfill all other requirements. Its student body is known for intellectual curiosity, and the school takes great pride in the academic rigor of its program compared to other, “softer” business schools. Also known as a strong finance school, the academics tend to be quite analytical in nature.
NYU (Stern). Stern has just two required courses in its core curriculum, plus the option to choose five additional courses from a “menu” of seven others. This model has become more popular in recent years so that first-year career-changers can tailor their core experience early in their MBA experience to properly prepare for internships in their chosen field. Someone seeking a position in brand management may want to tailor his or her experience differently than a candidate looking to move onto a sales and trading desk.
UCLA (Anderson). You’ll find many of the same academic centers at Anderson as you can find at Columbia, including strengths in finance, real estate, media and entertainment, and entrepreneurship. Anderson has made significant investments in building its programs in the technology sector, healthcare, and global business as well.