Established in 1999 as the first Cornell EMBA, Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management’s 22-month long Metro NY EMBA program is hosted at the Tata Innovation Center in the heart of New York City on Roosevelt Island. The campus is easily accessible to New York area professionals, with a general management curriculum and an alternating weekend format.
Roosevelt Island offers a peaceful living experience compared to other parts of New York City, but it is well-connected to Manhattan, with easy access to several subway lines and a tramway, making it convenient for students to commute into the city. The program holds many networking opportunities and team-based collaboration—all without disrupting one’s career momentum.
With four residential sessions on the university’s Ithaca, N.Y., campus. Students show up on Saturday morning and attend classes through lunchtime on Sunday.
The EMBA kicks off in July of each year with the first residential session on the Ithaca campus with a cohort of 70 to 75 students, mostly drawn from the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metro area. First year content is focused on the business basics that range from Managerial Statistics and Financial Accounting to Business Strategy and Managing Operations. Students move from those core fundamentals to advanced business synthesis, building on the content of the previous material.
Two major themes emerge in the second year: innovation and global business. EMBAs partake in a design thinking immersion and major team-based innovation project that allows them to explore the role of innovation in organizations. Teams of five to six students each dive into customer exploration, come up with business ideas, draft business plans, and then present them in open competition – very much like Shark Tank.
The second year also holds advanced coursework like Innovation and New Venture Creation, Advanced Strategic Analysis, Designing Data Products, Product & Brand Strategies, Valuation, Investment Banking Essentials, and the Cornell Management Simulation. EMBAs can take six electives during the program from a menu of 10 courses offered each year during the winter residential sessions.
In the final term of the program, students embark on one of the highlights of the program – a faculty-led Global Business Study. EMBAs choose from three options for the week-long trip taken in the spring semester. Past cohorts have traveled to China, Japan, and Israel.
Outside of the required curriculum, there are workshops, webinars and panel discussions on everything from transitioning from one career, company, geography to another to tutorials on LinkedIn and resume development. The program’s suite of one-on-one coaching options includes executive, career and team sessions.
The Metro NY EMBA is one of three EMBA programs at Cornell. The school also hosts the Americas EMBA and the Healthcare/Leadership EMBA. The Americas EMBA is mostly held virtually, with three residential sessions on Cornell and Queen’s campuses. The 20-month long Healthcare Leadership EMBA is based on Cornell Tech’s campus and commences in a dual degree from Johnson and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
“By guiding me in the development of the analytical skills necessary to assess any business in any context, I am now a more well-rounded leader. Additionally, spending almost 2 years with professionals who are leaders in their respective fields gave me access to expert information and opinions, further opening my eyes to different perspectives that I would not have seen without being a Cornell EMBA,” says EMBA Roger Chahine on Cornell’s site.