Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program

32. Cornell University & Queen’s University
Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program
Joseph Babcock, Director, Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program
130 East Seneca Street, Suite 520
Ithaca, NY 14853

Admissions: 607-254-6587
Fax: 607-255-0018

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The Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program’s learning model features a combination of on-campus residential sessions and multi-point, interactive videoconferencing sessions. The videoconferencing sessions are held on weekends in selected cities across North America. Classes conclude within 16 months, and participants complete a final, team-based project after the last class session.

Approximately 40% of class time is spent during three residential sessions.  The sessions vary from 7 to 15 days in length, and are split between the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, and the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Residential sessions allow for intense coursework and provide a unique opportunity for close interactions and relationship-building with faculty members and classmates from across North America.

The curriculum provides a solid grounding in management fundamentals, international business, strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and leadership. Because these themes are woven throughout the curriculum, students will leave the program with the ability to approach issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

While on the Cornell campus for the residence weeks, you will attend some classes at Sage Hall. Other classes will be held at the Statler Hotel.  You will also stay at the Statler, an on-camups hotel managed by Cornell’s internationally known School of Hotel Administration.  While on the Queen’s campus, you will attend classes and stay at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre.

Regular classes are typically held three Saturdays per month. Program participants within a region are organized into what Cornell calls “Boardroom Learning Teams” comprised of five to nine individuals. Each team attends classes at a designated boardroom location in its region.  During the boardroom sessions, “multi-point interactive videoconferencing” links the faculty and Boardroom Learning Teams in locations across North America.

The school throws two major projects at students, one on entrepreneurship and another on global business. During the second residential session, students focus on new ventures, evaluating ideas, formulating a plan, finding sources of venture capital, and building an organization capable of sustained growth. These skills are applied and reinforced through the New Venture Project.

The Global Business Project is meant to provide a bit of practical international business experience. Your team will complete a comprehensive analysis of a real international business issue or opportunity anywhere in the world outside of the U.S. and Canada. To complete this “live case,” your team will travel to the international location to interview business managers and conduct field research prior to writing your final report.

Enrollment in the Cornell EMBA program provides free access to a wide array of career planning resources, industry and company information and databases, job search tools, and networking opportunities, including a professional career advisor to help you use the degree to move forward in your career.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

  • Nik_Emba

    Hi John, how do you feel about the ROI of this program? Is the boardroom pattern a success?

    • Birchtree

      @ Nik_Emba,

      I posted the following answer to your other post but saw this second post of yours and so have posted it a second time for you as well…

      Congratulations on your acceptance into the Cornell-Queen’s EMBA Program! I know you wrote to John, as I did as well when I was grappling with decision-making and he will no doubt provide expert opinion to you.

      However, as a current participant in the CQEMBA Program, I thought I could shed some light for you as well. I confess upfront that I am a HUGE fan and advocate of the Program – I am certainly biased in favor of both Cornell and the Program! In my opinion it offers an outstanding ROI and value proposition.

      The Boardroom Learning system is outstanding -it works incredibly well and I and many others fully prefer it to the on-campus residential sessions, which now account now account for over 40% of class time. The Boardroom environment allows you to discuss problems, cases, concepts, etc. with your Team while not interrupting the entire Class. It also allows you to refine your thoughts carefully before raising your hand and asking a question, which is nice. When we are on campus in residency – you can feel more compelled to just say something because you think you should say something. For example: “Building on what my colleague said…..”

      Lastly, the Boardroom learning model makes you feel like you are in a one-on-one discussion with the Professor instead of a face in a crowd.

      If you have not visited a Boardroom – I encourage you to do so…you will (I believe) see what I mean.

      Having just returned from Ithaca for our Second 2 week residential session, I can tell you that from an ROI perspective, many top companies truly believe in this program and the value it generates and send their talented managers. A partial list of who was represented includes:

      Google, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Halliburton, Juniper Networks, Dell Computer, JP Morgan, TD Bank, Disney, SalesForce, Microsoft, Biogen, Mercer, Keurig, Analog Devices, Oracle, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PWC…etc.

      As for myself, I am the Chief Investment Officer of a publicly traded company.

      Many people already have advanced degrees already.

      All of the people I have met were attracted to the Cornell global brand, as well as the recent surge of Johnson. Cornell Johnson has a new Dean – Dutta, formerly of INSEAD. Dean Dutta is very impressive and is focused on expanding Johnson into NYC on the new Cornell NYC campus and leveraging Cornell’s global brand and Ivy League heritage. He is also a huge proponent of global collaboration. Accordingly, he Queen’s University component adds a very interesting perspective of international focus. Queen’s is an outstanding business school. BW just ranked Cornell Johnson #7 in the US and Queen’s as # 4 outside of the US. Two terrific ranked programs.

      Finally, I believe Cornell set this Program up correctly to maximize value and ROI by making it a DUAL Degree Program instead of a Joint Degree. Dual degree gives you two full MBAs (for the price of one). No need trying to explain what it means to have one MBA with 2 school seals stamped on it. In CQEMBA, you will earn the Cornell Johnson MBA – the only MBA degree they grant. And you will also earn the Queen’s School of Business MBA degree as well, the only MBA degree they grant. You will have access to all the resources of each University, including Career services. It is a terrific pairing and a great value.

      The courses and professors have been outstanding and the cohort of students is very impressive. Be prepared to work VERY hard though – but it is worth it!

      Best of luck and best wishes. Cheers!

      • Nik_Emba

        @Birchtree, Thanks for the detailed overview. I reallly appreaciate your time and insight on this program.

        Hi John, I recently see the ranking published for the joint programs but I didn’t see the Cornel Queens making even in top 25. Can you share your perspective and insight on this program.

  • Nick

    Hello John,

    I was wondering… what’s the difference between the CQ emba versus just the C emba?
    are they equally competitive?
    Thank you!

    • CurrentStudent

      I know you addressed your question to John, and so I am sure he will supply you with terrific information/insight, but in the meantime, and as a current and very pleased student in the CQEMBA Program, I thought I would try and offer an answer as well.
      Yes Cornell views these programs as equally competitive. In fact, Cornell views itself as one University that grants only ONE MBA Degree.
      “Four different programs the same MBA from Cornell” as the Cornell website indicates (See Link):
      I think this link and the above quote sums it up best. The University views their 2 eMBA programs as equivalent with each other and with their full-time traditional and accelerated MBA Programs.
      Prospective students are given the opportunity to judge for themselves the format that works best with their own lives…to achieve an MBA from Cornell.
      Best wishes and good luck!