The Special Concentration in Business Management is not a stand-alone concentration: it is intended to serve as a complement to the disciplinary specialization and methodological training inherent in a major. In addition to the requirements of the special concentration, students still must complete a major or a full concentration. Visit the Columbia College page for the Special Concentration in Business Management for course descriptions and meeting times (Note: Corporate Finance is listed under the Economics department).
Prerequisites (three courses) - higher or equivalent courses may be acceptable, consult BusinessManagement@gsb.columbia.edu
- One of the following:
- ECON W1105 Principles of Economics
- One of the following:
Core (three courses)
- One of the following Financial Core courses:
- Two of the following Managerial Core courses:
Electives (two courses chosen from the following)
- ECON BC3014 Entrepreneurship
- ECON V3025 Financial Economics
- ECON V3265 Economics of Money and Banking
- ECON W4505 International Monetary Theory and Policy
- POLS V3615 Globalization and International Politics
- PSYC BC 1136/1138 Social Psychology^
- PSYC BC2151 Organizational Psychology
- PSYC W2235 Thinking and Decision Making
- PSYC W2630 Social Psychology^
- PSYC W2640 Introduction to Social Cognition
- PSYC W2650 Introduction to Cultural Psychology
- SOCI W2240 Economy and Society
- SOCI W3490 Mistake, Misconduct, Disaster: How Organizations Fail
- SOCI W3670 Culture, Markets, & Consumpution
- SOCI W3675 Organizing Innovation
- SOCI G4032 Sociology of Labor Markets
- URBS V3550 Community Building & Economic Development
^ Students cannot receive credit for two or more of PSYC BC1136/1138 and PSYC W2630
Students may receive the Special Concentration in Business Management if they meet all requirements, even without formal admission to the program.
- All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
- Students who matriculated at Columbia University in Fall 2012 and beyond must earn a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in all courses counted for Business Management (prerequisite, core, and elective classes)
- Students who matriculated at Columbia University before Fall 2012 must EITHER: 1) earn a B+ or higher in at least two of the prerequisites and earn a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in core and elective classes OR 2) earn a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in all courses counted for Business Management
- Students who do not meet course prerequisites or who do not receive a passing grade will not receive credit for a class towards the Special Concentration.
- Only the prerequisites may be double counted for other majors or concentrations. The core and elective courses cannot be double counted (i.e., core and elective courses must be counted separately from your major and/or concentration requirements).
Advanced Placement (AP) or Transfer Credit
- AP and transfer credits are only accepted for the prerequisite courses and only according to the policies of Columbia’s respective department. Core and elective courses must be taken at Columbia (or Barnard).
Specifically, the only AP credits accepted are the following:
- For the ECON W1105 requirement, students must have received at least one four and one five on the AP Intermediate Micro and Intermediate Macro halves of the exam.
- For the statistics requirement, students must have received a score of five on the AP Statistics exam.
Contact BusinessManagement@gsb.columbia.edu regarding other acceptable courses.
Barnard College students should consult Dean Aaron Schneider (ASchneider@barnard.edu) before registering for courses — this is not a Barnard concentration and not all courses may count towards the Barnard degree.