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You can expect a robust, multi-layered learning experience that emphasizes the development of the higher order thinking skills which were originally proposed by educational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Bloom in “Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning.” According to Bloom, the development of higher order thinking skills requires guiding the learner from just knowledge recall to comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Bloom’s Taxonomy was later revised and expressed in more action-orientated terms as 1) remembering, 2) understanding, 3) applying, 4) analyzing, 5) evaluating and 6) creating.

In online learning at Columbia Business School Executive Education, you will have an opportunity to progress through these key phases of learning so that by the end each program, your return on learning will be clearly measurable.

In online learning at Columbia Business School Executive Education, we emphasize facilitated, cohort learning and development. This means that our online programs are guided by a dedicated Online Facilitator/Learning Coach who provides feedback on your learning to help you re-examine your assumptions in order to expand your understanding of the program’s concepts and achieve your learning objectives.

Our online programs are mostly asynchronous, meaning that there is generally no live contact with faculty. Unless otherwise specified in the program description, all lectures are delivered through recorded media. Interactions between learners, course facilitators, and faculty are conducted via discussion boards, email, and announcements, and all program material is posted on a course site.

Each online programs is divided into time-sequenced modules with new modules released each week. This is to allow you to move through the course with a cohort of fellow learners to ask questions and share your learnings and experiences. We encourage you to take advantage of the limited opportunities you will have to connect with fellow learners in each particular online program.

Our Online programs range between 3 to 18 weeks in length. You also have two additional weeks after a program concludes to complete a final project and submit incomplete assignments.

We limit the enrollment levels of our online programs to 50 executives. This makes it possible for us to provide you with a level of attention and feedback not typical in online programs.

You can expect an average weekly time commitment of 4-8 hours per week, depending on your learning objectives. This time is generally broken down in the following way:

Videos 1 hour
Readings 1.5 hours
Quiz 30 minutes
Learning Journal 1 hour
Discussion Board 1 hour
Practice Activity (optional) 3 hours
Applied Activity (optional) 5 hours


While you will be able to work on your own schedule, there will be weekly deadlines you will have to meet, therefore, please pace yourself in order to avoid “binge learning,” which ultimately will not provide for a truly satisfying experience.

Each program has a dedicated course site to which you will have a login and password. The course site will contain all program materials – syllabus, video content, readings, and assignments.

Yes, the course sites are accessible on mobile devices via the course website log-in page at or via the Canvas app:

How to download Canvas app for Android

How to download Canvas app for iOS

To find Columbia Business School Executive Education on the Canvas app, you may need to type our URL in the “Find your school or district” box. The URL is

Please note that there will be differences in how the course site is displayed in the app versus the course website. We recommend that you experiment with accessing the course site on a mobile device and laptop or computer to see which works best for you.

Each online program is managed by a dedicated Online Facilitator or Course Moderator who will be available to answer any questions, provide feedback, and send reminders as needed. Your Course Facilitator / Course Moderator will contact you shortly before the course begins.

The executive cohort for each online program consists of a global audience at various stages within their careers, from mid to senior level leaders and managers with an average of 10-15 years’ of management experience. Participants come from a range of functional areas including general management, IT, finance/accounting, sales, operations, marketing, human resources, customer service, engineering, and strategy. The top 10 industries represented include financial services, energy/natural resources, retail, technology, education, consulting, manufacturing, consumer products, and non-profit industries.

Connecting with the other learners in an asynchronous online learning environment takes place through weekly discussion boards and peer or small group sessions. We will attempt to facilitate connections between the online learners, but the extent to which this will be successful is dependent upon each learner’s interest and capacity.

Whether attending an online or classroom program, every participant in a Columbia Business School Executive Education program is expected to adhere to the student code of conduct which requires the following:

  • Respect the privacy of other students. Do not share or disclose personal or proprietary company information on the public forums.
  • Respect the diversity of opinions and cultures that will be present in your course. The use of language that is harassing or denigrating will not be tolerated.
  • Your course log in credentials are for your personal use only. Do not allow anyone else to access the course site using your log in.
  • Do not reproduce content from any online course unless allowed by the express copyright terms laid out by the course administrator.
  • Do not submit the work of others as your own work.

Violation of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action including cancellation of program enrollment with no reimbursement of fees.

This varies from program to program. Questions raised in discussion boards and assignments will be curated by your Online Facilitator. At a minimum, the faculty will post weekly or bi-weekly announcements addressing those themes. Some programs may feature periodic live online sessions to provide an opportunity to engage with the faculty live.

No. There is no pre-work in the online programs.

Many assignments are awarded points for completion. An assignment is marked as either Complete or Incomplete based on whether or not it meets the assignment requirements. If an assignment is submitted without meeting the essential requirements, it will be marked as Incomplete, however, you will be able to resubmit the assignment for further review.

You will have access to the course site for an additional two weeks after the program concludes.

No. All of our Executive Education programs, both online and in person, are non-degree bearing courses and as such, do not provide accreditation or lead to an accredited diploma or a degree. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion. Special certificates may also be awarded for Merit and Achievement.

Yes, all of our online programs provide 1 day towards the Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE). You can use eight online programs towards the CIBE; the remaining ten days required for the CIBE must come from attending our face to face programs. For the Certificate in Business Specialty; only three of the 13 days from online programs count towards that certificate; the remaining 10 days must come from attending our face to face programs.

Immerse yourself in online programs to progress professionally with Columbia Business School Executive Education.