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Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is headquartered at Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York—home to its One- and Two-Year MBA programs. The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program is offered at Cornell Tech in New York City and its executive MBA programs are offered in New York City, across the Americas, and in China.

Johnson’s defining attributes—its tight-knit community, emphasis on leadership, and focus on immersive, experiential learning—are reflected across its programs: full-time and executive MBAs, MPS in management, dual-degrees, and PhD.

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Faculty

Johnson’s 80+ faculty members are scholars and practitioners that represent the fields of accounting, finance, management and organizations, marketing and management communication, operations, technology and information management, and strategy and business economics. Research centers and institutes include the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, the Emerging Markets Institute, the Parker Center for Investment Research, and the Smith Family Business Initiative.

In additional to Johnson faculty, students also have access to more than 220 faculty across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business who are experts in hospitality, applied economics and management, sustainability, agricultural economics, human resources, food and beverage management, and more.

Curriculum

Curriculum breakdown varies across the One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, and Johnson Cornell Tech MBA. The One-Year MBA and Tech MBA begin with a 10-week summer core in Ithaca, New York. One-Year MBAs then continue with electives and co-curricular activities in Ithaca, while Tech MBAs take residence at Cornell Tech in New York City. Tech MBAs take courses that intersect tech and business and work with other graduate students in engineering, law, and computer science to develop products, startups, and innovations in a Studio format. The One-Year MBA and Tech MBA spans May to May, 12 months.

Students in the Two-Year MBA start their core courses in the fall, complete an immersion in the spring, do an internship in the summer, and spend the remaining fall and spring taking electives and, sometimes, courses or intensives at Cornell Tech. The Two-Year MBA spans 21 months.

Course exemptions vary by degree program. Incoming students may be able to take an exam to “test out” of some core courses.

Two-Year MBA Curriculum
For career enhancers and switchers, Johnson’s flexible Two-Year MBA curriculum gives students the practical skills they need and the freedom to dive into an area they’re passionate about. Far from a lock-step sequence, students can customize their studies and focus on specific industries during their first year. They also develop leadership skills, work with second-year MBA mentors, and participate in domestic and international treks.

  • First semester: Required courses in the MBA Core—topics such as financial accounting, microeconomics, strategy, leading teams, data analytics, and more
  • Second semester: Hands-on learning and industry immersion—corporate finance, digital technology, investment banking, investment research and asset management, strategic operations, strategic marketing, or sustainable global enterprise
  • Summer internship
  • Third semester: Electives, co-curricular activities, and NYC weekend courses
  • Fourth semester: More electives, NYC intensives, and course selections across Cornell University

Two-Year MBAs complete an immersion in one of the following areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Technology
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Research and Asset Management
  • Semester in Strategic Operations
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Sustainable Global Enterprise

Two-Year MBAs may also choose electives to shape two depth or breadth concentrations:

Breadth concentrations

  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Global Business Management
  • Sustainable Global Enterprise

Depth concentrations (Two-Year MBA)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Investing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing Management
  • Private Equity
  • Strategy

Learn more about the Two-Year MBA program

One-Year MBA Curriculum
Ideal for career enhancers with advanced degrees or certifications, Johnson’s One-Year MBA program offers a rigorous, customizable curriculum delivered at an accelerated pace. Students learn foundational business principles and develop skills related to their industry that will help them move into management roles. Over the course of 12 months, students become stronger leaders and have the opportunity to expand their perspectives by participating in domestic and international treks.

  • Summer semester: 10 weeks of required core courses with students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program—financial accounting, critical thinking, strategy, data analytics, and more
  • Fall semester: Management Practicum with a real consulting project in addition to electives and weekend courses in NYC with second-year students in the Two-Year MBA program
  • Spring semester: Immersions in certain subjects, NYC intensives, and more electives

One-Year MBAs may choose to complete an immersion in one of the following areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Technology
  • Investment Research and Asset Management
  • Semester in Strategic Operations
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Sustainable Global Enterprise

Learn more about the One-Year MBA program

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Curriculum
The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program is based at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. This one-year program is designed to transform tech-focused individuals into business leaders and entrepreneurs. MBA students work on interdisciplinary teams with other graduate students in engineering, law, operations research, and computer science to produce visionary ideas and solutions grounded in significant societal challenges. Students are surrounded by a rapidly expanding tech environment and have frequent interactions with industry leaders, startup founders, and venture capitalists.

  • Summer: 10 weeks of required core courses focused on business fundamentals—work on integrated teams with students in Johnson’s One-Year, Ithaca-based MBA program on Cornell University’s upstate New York campus
  • Fall semester: Move to New York City and take program-based courses like entrepreneurial finance, design thinking, digital marketing, and more, and work on interdisciplinary, team-based Studio courses with hands-on tech projects
  • Spring semester: The opportunity to participate in an international trek is followed by program courses like sales and business development, managerial decision making, and negotiations; continue working in teams for Studio courses and projects—create a startup idea or learn how to build, scale, and innovate in a complex environment

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Ithaca-Based MBA
Johnson’s One- and Two-Year MBA programs are offered at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is known for its beautiful natural landscape, family-friendly community, and downtown area. Classes are held primarily in Sage Hall and the new Breazzano Family Center for Business Education.

Students can choose to participate in and lead any of 80+ student organizations ranging from the Women’s Management Council to the Black Graduate Student Association, and from the Old Ezra Finance Club to the Johnson Pets Society. They also participate in international treks, leadership expeditions, and case competitions. Johnson offers a unique, “two campus, one community” approach, which allows Ithaca-based residential students to take weekend courses or half-semester intensives at Cornell Tech in NYC. Opportunities for networking are endless.

Johnson’s community is tight knit and small by design (on average: 280 students in each Two-Year MBA class and 70 students in the One-Year MBA class). Johnson students are hard working with impressive academic and professional portfolios, but they are also supportive and willing to lend a hand to their peers. Faculty are accessible and get to know their students, and diversity of culture, thought, and experience is extremely important—Johnson was one of the first top business school to have a dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA in NYC
After completing their 10-week summer core at Cornell University in Ithaca, students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program take residence on Roosevelt Island in NYC. Cornell Tech officially opened in September 2017 and is home to seven master’s programs, including the MBA. Students work in interdisciplinary teams and learn from faculty and industry leaders who are well-versed in business and tech. Students generally live in The House, a residential building on Roosevelt Island, and often interact with high-level tech executives during intimate Conversations in Studio. Surrounded by state-of-the-art facilities and immersed in technology, students work with a small cohort to bring ideas to life.


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Johnson’s Career Management Center works with students in the One- and Two-Year MBA programs to craft their resumes, connect with recruiters, and negotiate job offers. Alumni often come back to campus to recruit and mentor students, and students help one another when it comes to recruitment strategies—the environment is far from competitive. While Two-Year MBA students complete an internship, the One-Year MBA program does not include this component.

Students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program benefit from constant interaction with tech companies and startups. They participate in on-campus “blitz interviews” and work with Cornell Tech’s Career Management Center to navigate opportunities and offers within the tech space. Students expand their networks within the tech ecosystem by listening to prospective employers, experienced entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who come to Cornell Tech for “tech talks” instead of traditional recruiting presentations.

Career Statistics
Two-Year MBA Class of 2017

  • Three months post-graduation: 93% reported full-time offers
  • Mean base salary: $125,578
  • Mean sign-on bonus: $31,604
  • Jobs accepted by industry: 38% finance, 26% consulting, 17% general management, 8% marketing and brand management, 11% other

One-Year MBA Class of 2017

  • Three months post-graduation: 81% reported full-time offers
  • Mean base salary: $122,124
  • Mean sign-on bonus: $29,643
  • Jobs accepted by industry: 39% technology, 32% consulting, 11% financial services, 18% other

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Class of 2017

  • Mean base salary: $124,000
  • Mean sign-on bonus: $35,000
  • Jobs accepted by industry: 7% consulting, 93% technology

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Class Profiles

The Johnson Two-Year MBA Class of 2020 is comprised of 280 students.  Students in the Class of 2020 had a mean GMAT score of 699 and an average GPA of 3.41.  The class also had a median of five years of work experience.  A third of the first-year students were women, which represents a 6% increase from the prior class.  Fifteen percent are underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds.  International citizens accounted for 27% of the class, representing 39 countries.

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The One-Year MBA Class of 2019 is comprised of 69 students.  The group has a mean GMAT of 690 and average undergraduate GPA of 3.62.  The One-Year MBA Class had an average age of 29 and 5.6 years of work experience. Forty-six percent of the class are women and 18% are underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds.  International citizens accounted for 59% of the class, representing 15 countries.

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Sixty-two students comprise the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Class of 2019.  They average an age of 29 and 5.5 years of work experience.  Their GMAT average was 694 and average undergraduate GPA was 3.42. Forty-one percent of the class are women and 9% are underrepresented minorities. Forty-two percent of the Tech MBA Class are international, representing 13 countries.

Learn more about the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program

Application Procedures

After submitting an application for the One- or Two-Year MBA program, qualified applicants will be contacted for an invitation-only interview. Interviews are conducted with current second-year Johnson students or a member of the admissions staff and may take place on campus or via Skype.

Application deadlines and procedures for Ithaca-based programs

Johnson is a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and recommends that eligible candidates apply using The Consortium application rather than Johnson’s online application.

Application requirements (One- and Two-Year MBA):

  • Cornell MBA online application
  • $200 USD application fee
  • Resume
  • List of activities
  • Goals statements plus two required essays (third optional)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework and degrees
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • English Language Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) score report for applicants whose native language is not English
  • One letter of professional recommendation (second optional)

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Application
After submitting an application to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the admissions team.

Applications deadlines and procedures for the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA

Application requirements (Johnson Cornell Tech MBA):

  • Completed application
  • $200 USD application fee
  • Academic records or transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report for international applicants
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • Resume
  • Creativity statement
  • Letter of recommendation

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To help students finance their studies, Johnson offers a range of merit-based scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for awards if they meet the criteria; no supplemental application is required. About 30% of Johnson students receive partial financial support in the form of merit-based scholarships.

Johnson grants up to 25 Two-Year MBA candidates the prestigious Roy H. Park Fellowship, which provides a full-tuition grant and additional leadership training. Applicants wishing to be considered for the Park Leadership Fellows program must complete Johnson’s application and submit the Park Leadership supplemental essay.

Johnson partners with several organizations that offer financial support to diverse, qualified applicants:

  • The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
  • Forté Foundation
  • Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)
  • Toigo Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program

Cost of attendance per academic year
Two-Year MBA in Ithaca (first-year cost):
Tuition: $66,290
Health insurance: $3,000
Estimated housing/food: $16,800
Estimated books: $1,100
Estimated personal expenses: $5,000

One-Year MBA in Ithaca:
Tuition: $102,652
Health insurance: $3,452
Estimated housing/food: $21,810
Estimated books: $1,650
Estimated personal expenses: $6,500

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA:
Tuition: $102,652
Health insurance: $3,452
Student activity fee: $84
Estimated housing/food: $30,510
Estimated books: $1,650
Estimated personal expenses: $6,500


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What is the tuition for Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

The tuition for Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program is $66,290 per year. The total cost of the Cornell / Johnson MBA program is $92,190 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

How hard is it to get into Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

The acceptance rate for Cornell / Johnson is 30% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted. For example the average GMAT score is 699.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Cornell / Johnson is 699.

Does the Cornell / Johnson MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Cornell / Johnson MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

Cornell / Johnson does not publish an average GRE score for its incoming class, but does accept the GRE for admissions.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

Cornell / Johnson does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 5 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program? (or, What is the average age of a Cornell / Johnson student?)

The average number of years of work experience among students in Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program is 5. The average age of a Cornell / Johnson MBA student is 28 years.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the Cornell / Johnson MBA program?

The average starting salary for Cornell / Johnson MBA graduates is $126,353 (mean base salary). The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

How long is Cornell / Johnson’s full-time MBA program?

Cornell / Johnson offers a traditional 2 year MBA program. Johnson also has a one year option for candidates who have an advanced degree.

What are the application deadlines for Cornell / Johnson’s MBA program?

The October Round MBA application deadline is October 10, 2018. The November Round application deadline is November 15, 2019. The January Round deadline is January 3,2019. The April Round deadline is April 10, 2019.

What percent of Cornell / Johnson MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Cornell / Johnson that are women is 33%.

What type of interview does Cornell / Johnson use for MBA admissions?

Cornell / Johnson offers interviews by invitation. The interviews are blind. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials.

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Stats

CLASS SIZE280
FEMALE33%
MEAN GMAT699
MEAN GPA3.41

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