Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management today announced that it will offer a one-year, full-time MBA program on a new Cornell NYC Tech campus on Manhattan’s Governors Island. The program’s first class will begin in May 2014.
“The MBA degree on the Cornell NYC Tech campus is a unique opportunity for us to continue an established history of innovating graduate business education, both in content and pedagogy,” Johnson Dean Soumitra Dutta said in a statement. “We’re creating a program that addresses the fact that technology has changed the way business is done. It’s not about adding technology courses to an existing MBA, but about developing a new education and learning experience for business leaders in the digital economy.”
The program will eventually be taught on the campus of a new multi-billion-dollar high-tech university currently under construction on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. The Roosevelt Island campus is anticipated to open 2017, and the one-year MBA be taught in temporary space in Google’s New York offices until the campus is completed. The first class will begin in May 2014 with a summer session at Johnson’s home campus in Ithaca, New York, followed by two semesters on the Cornell NYC Tech campus, graduating in May 2015.
With a focus on fast-paced, hands-on learning, the program will combine business, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Courses will include design thinking, global venturing, leading innovation, big data opportunities and managing technology disruptions, among others, the school reports.
Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher has been named dean of Cornell NYC Tech. Noting that most engineering schools began in the mid-1800s as an outgrowth of the industrial revolution, he told the Financial Times that he sees Cornell NYC Tech as the “information analogue of the engineering age.” The school’s offering will include business and social sciences as well as engineering, all with a focus on the digital age. “We’re really looking to have graduates who will have an impact in high-growth environments,” he told the FT.
The 12-acre campus will feature graduate level degrees exclusively, almost all of which will be just a year in length, according to the FT. (A handful of dual-degree programs will be taught with the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, part of Cornell’s partnership with Technion in Israel.) “If you take any discipline that underlies the digital age, we will be launching a course in it,” Huttenlocker told the FT. Cornell plans to launch eight degrees in an eight-year timeframe.