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Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University

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TWO-YEAR CLASS SIZE 283
Women 42%
MEDIAN GMAT 710
MEDIAN GPA 3.35

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is headquartered at Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York—home to its Two-Year MBA program. 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, specialized master’s programs, dual-degrees, and PhD.

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FAQ

What is the tuition for Cornell Johnson's Two-Year MBA program?

The tuition for Cornell Johnson’s Two-Year MBA program is $79,910 per year. The total cost of the Cornell Johnson MBA program is $107,211 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 around 30% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted. For example, the median GMAT score is 710.

What is the median GMAT score for admission to Cornell Johnson's MBA program?

The median GMAT score for the incoming class at Cornell Johnson is 710. Important Notice regarding GMAT scores on the Johnson Website: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/programs/full-time-mba/admissions/

Does the Cornell Johnson MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Cornell Johnson MBA program accepts the GRE. Important Notice regarding GRE scores on the Johnson Website: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/programs/full-time-mba/admissions/

What is the median GRE score for admission to Cornell Johnson's MBA program?

Cornell Johnson does not publish a median GRE score, however, this test is accepted.

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 5.4 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 Two-Year MBA program is 5.4 years.

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

The average starting salary for Cornell Johnson Two-Year MBA graduates is $162,808. 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 two-year MBA program as well as a one-year Tech MBA for candidates who have an advanced degree.

What are the application deadlines for Cornell Johnson's Two-Year MBA program?

The Round 1 Two-Year MBA application deadline is September 20, 2023. The Round 2 deadline is January 10, 2024. The Round 3 deadline is April 10, 2024.

What are the application deadlines for Cornell Johnson's Tech MBA program?

The Priority deadline for Cornell Johnson's Tech MBA program is October 11, 2023. The January Round deadline is January 11, 2024. Rolling admissions begin March 6, 2024.

What percent of Cornell Johnson MBA students are women?

Forty-three percent of the Two-Year MBA class at Cornell Johnson are women.

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

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

Admissions

Class Profiles

The Johnson Two-Year MBA Class of 2025 is comprised of 283 students. Students in the Class of 2025 had a median GMAT score of 710 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.35. The class also had an average of 5.4 years of work experience. Forty-two percent of the first-year students are women, a three percent increase over last year’s class. Thirty-five percent are U.S. underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds–up from 16 percent last year.  International citizens accounted for 42% of the class, representing 39 countries.

The one-year Tech MBA Class of 2023 is comprised of 81 students. The group has an average GMAT of 696 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.5. The Tech MBA Class has an average age of 29 and 5.5 years of work experience. Thirty-one percent of the class are women and 9% are underrepresented minorities. Twenty-two percent of the class represent U.S. minorities. Sixty percent of the Tech MBA Class are international students, representing 12 countries.

Application Procedures

After submitting an application for the 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:

  • Cornell MBA online application
  • $200 USD application fee
  • Resume
  • List of activities
  • Goals statements plus one required essay (second 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)

Essay Topic Analysis

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Interview Reports

Cornell / Johnson Q&A's

Cornell / Johnson LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire

June 12, 2024 10:05pm ET
Accepted from Waitlist to Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via email June 12, 2024
GMAT: 705
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
May 31, 2024 6:24pm ET
Accepted to Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via phone May 31, 2024
GMAT: 720
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Note:

Received call today around 1pm ET.

May 31, 2024 1:40pm ET
Waitlisted at Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via portal May 31, 2024
GMAT: 705
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
May 30, 2024 2:07pm ET
Waitlisted at Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via portal May 30, 2024
GPA: 3.85
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: General Management
Application Location: Chicago, IL
Note:

From USA and went to top 50 uni (STEM major), undergrad trying to skip deferred enrollment, got test waiver. I’m really disappointed as this was my #1 choice but I’ll try my hardest to get off the waitlist.

May 30, 2024 12:41pm ET
Waitlisted at Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via portal May 30, 2024
GPA: 3.77
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Finance
May 28, 2024 12:27pm ET
Rejected from Waitlist at Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 2
Received via email May 28, 2024
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Entrepreneurship
May 16, 2024 2:08pm ET
Accepted to Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via portal May 16, 2024
GMAT: 720
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Application Location: New Jersey
Note:

missed phone call 5/15, received offer via portal this morning!

May 16, 2024 10:51am ET
Rejected at Cornell / Johnson
Round: Round 3
Received via portal May 16, 2024
GPA: 3.33
GRE: 335
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: India

MBA DecisionWire

Oth
June 14, 2024 2:00am ET
Enrolled: Other
Admitted: Other $
$60000
Applied: Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Rochester / Simon, USC / Marshall, UT Austin / McCombs, Washington U. / Olin, Other
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting, Technology, Entrepreneurship Companies: Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McKinsey, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Other
GRE: 318
GPA: 3.64
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Notes:

I'm a triple jumper, coming from a creative advertising background on the West Coast trying to break into tech or consulting on the East Coast. I was accepted to Case Western Reserve Weatherhead ($$$), George Washington University ($$) and College of William & Mary (no $); WLed at USC, WUSTL, CMU. I'm enrolling at CWRU Weatherhead.

Chi
June 13, 2024 10:53am ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth
Applied: U. Chicago Booth
Entering Year: Other
Post MBA Career: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT: 665
GPA: 3.99
Location: Utah
Notes:

Deferred MBA Admit, GMAT Focus

Chi
June 7, 2024 9:50pm ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth
Applied: U. Chicago Booth
Entering Year: 2025
Post MBA Career: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Non Profit/SI Companies: Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Blackstone
GRE: 326
Location: Washington, D.C.
Notes:

I decided to defer my start to next year for personal reasons.

Oxf
June 7, 2024 1:35pm ET
Enrolled: Oxford / Saïd
Admitted: HEC Paris $
€15000
,
Oxford / Saïd $
£20000
Applied: HEC Paris, Oxford / Saïd
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting Companies: Accenture, Bain, BCG, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McKinsey, PWC
GMAT: 690
GPA: 13/20
Location: Peru

Academics

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 addition to Johnson faculty, students also have access to more than 230 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

The curriculum breakdown varies across the MBA programs. The one-year Tech MBA begins with a 10-week summer core in Ithaca, New York, and then takes 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 Tech MBA spans May to May, for a total of 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 Product and Marketing

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

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 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

Other MBA programs at Johnson

Campus Life

Ithaca-Based MBA

Johnson’s Two-Year MBA program is 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). 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.

MBA Careers

Johnson’s Career Management Center works with students 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. In addition, center staff work with Two-Year MBA students to secure and complete an internship during the summer between their first and second years.

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 2023

  • Three months post-graduation: 94% reported full-time offers
  • Mean base salary: $162,808
  • Mean sign-on bonus: $38,826
  • Jobs accepted by industry: 42% consulting, 35% finance, 11% tech/telecom, 4% consumer products, 3% healthcare/medical services/pharma

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Class of 2023

  • 70% of the graduates sought full-time employment and 16% started their own businesses
  • Median base salary: $152,500
  • Jobs accepted by function: 37% product management, 20% consulting, 12% analytics, 14% strategy & operations, 10% sales/marketing

Financing

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, 2023-24):

Tuition: $79,910
Student Activity Fee: $85
Health Fee: $500
Housing: $11,562
Meals: $6,992
Books & Supplies: $2,700
Transportation: $3,042
Miscellaneous: $2,420
Total: $107,211

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA:

Tuition: $118,758
Health insurance: $4,264
Estimated housing/food: $37,054
Estimated books: $1,650
Estimated personal expenses: $6,432

Contact

Mailing Address:
Admissions & Financial Aid
111 Sage Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-4526
Fax: 607-255-0065
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.johnson.cornell.edu
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