Columbia Business School’s Executive Education arm has a collection of online programs to help professionals level up their leadership skills.
The world’s top MBA, according to the Financial Times, Columbia Business School advertises these online programs as multi-layered learning experiences that will help students obtain strategic skills and global leadership essentials.
The business school offers three online courses: Business Analytics: Create Value Through Data Analysis, Leadership Essentials, and Developing New Business Ventures: From Ideation To Successful Launch.
We break down how these virtual, interactive online programs can help students’ level up their business skills:
1. Business Analytics (Online): Create Value Through Data Analysis
Dates: March 13th - May 1st, 2024
Analytics is now essential to business success and understanding analytics will help you level up your leadership potential. New in 2024, the program hopes to teach students how business analytics can help executives make better decisions.
Participants will gain an understanding of how to effectively sift through and analyze data, making more informed decisions to positively impact their business.
During the six-week business analytics online program, participants will gain foundational insights and impactful tools for data analysis.
These tools will allow give them to level up their skillset to effectively identify, evaluate, and capture business opportunities. Participants will also learn to make better predictions and estimate which will in turn create value for their business.
Since it’s a comprehensive and high-level course, to join the program you should be a mid-to senior-level professional in marketing, operations, finance, accounting, sales, human resources, or customer service.
However, participants can also just have a leadership element to their job either as a manager or team leader.
1. Predictive Analytics
2. Prescriptive Analytics
4. Bonus module: Python
2. Leadership Essentials (Online)
Dates: February 12th - May 11th, 2024
Length: Four-weeks, estimated 2-3 hours of study per week
Leadership is a broad concept and understanding what makes a good business leader can be challenging and often complex.
Leadership Essentials (Online) allows early-stage leaders to immerse themselves in the essentials of effective leadership with real-world application and research-based insights.
The four-week online program will be intensive, leveling up participants’ skillset in the short amount of time they have.
Those who join the program will learn to identify varying leadership styles and leverage their own. This will be done by enhancing emotional intelligence and applying it to various situations, such as making more effective business decisions and better communicating them with your team members.
Participants will also learn to build strategies to more effectively influence and motivate your team, and understand how to manage the dynamics in your team to strengthen the whole organizations performance.
The program is designed for aspiring, new, and mid-level business leaders as well as motivated and ambitious learners .
1. Introduction to Leadership Styles and Emotional Intelligence
2. Understanding Yourself as a Leader
3. Leading Organizational Change
4. Leadership and Team Effectiveness
3. Developing New Business Ventures (Online): From Ideation to Successful Launch
Dates: February 26th - April 22nd, 2024
This online entrepreneurship program comprised of four live and four self-directed courses offers an intensive learning experience that focuses on the creation, evaluation, development, and launch readiness of a new business or social enterprise.
Participants join the program with a preliminary venture idea that they would like to work on. Using eight modules, the program uses associated work assignments to support the development of the new venture.
Columbia promises participants will leave the program fully equipped with the tools and frameworks required to create and launch their new startup.
The eight-week online program will build entrepreneurial understanding from the ground-up.
Participants will learn the common challenges faced by entrepreneurs as they build a new venture, how to assess the current market and position product offerings for competitive advantage, and ways to develop new products and sercies that will gain market traction quickly.
Beyond the setting up of the business, enrollees will be taught about customer acquisition and retention and how to build the right team and culture for a successful launch and early-stage growth.
This program is targeted at those interested in creating and launching a new corporate or nonprofit venture and ideal for those with a new business idea already formed.
This program can be undertaken as a team if you've already started to put your venture into action or you can join as a single participant.
- Your Idea: Articulating the problem to be solved and the potential benefit to the customer (live lecture)
- Your Business Model: Developing an initial business model (self-directed lecture)
- Your Customer: Testing your alignment between your product and targeted customers through customer interviews and surveys (live lecture)
- Your Market: Determining the unique benefits of new offerings and positioning against the competition in the marketplace (self-directed lecture)
- Your Product: Designing minimal viable products (live lecture)
- Your Brand: Creating a marketing and brand strategy (self-directed lecture)
- Your Financial Plan: Identifying revenue sources while minimizing cost factors (self-directed lecture)
- Your Launch: Selecting team members with the right mix of knowledge and skills and creating a culture for sustained growth (live lecture)
While these online courses are quite costly for the length, they are significantly cheaper than a full-time, two-year MBA. According to the BusinessBecause Cost of MBA Report 2023, the total cost of studying at one of the world’s top MBAs is around $202k.
So, if you’re looking to level up your leadership skills without the full commitment and cost of a full-time MBA, online business courses might be your answer.