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Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 15, 2017.

School Data

Tuition: $$176,104 including tuition and fees

Class Size: 70

Female: 25% / Male: 75%

Minority: 25%

Average Age: 35

Application Deadlines:

1st Round: 12/15/17
2nd Round: 2/23/18
3rd Round: 3/23/18
4th Round: 5/18/18

The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University offers two distinct MBA programs dedicated to executives:  the Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NYC and Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA. Both programs combine the traditional MBA with a general management curriculum and weekend format. The Cornell alumni network, as the largest Ivy League institution, combined with outstanding talent, provides a solid foundation for executives to advance their careers to the next level. Most faculty who teach in the Cornell Executive MBA are full-time Johnson faculty members. When appointing teaching faculty outside Cornell, only top faculty from the best schools are considered.

Situated only 12 miles north of Manhattan in a campus-style setting, the Cornell Executive MBA program provides a comprehensive and collaborative experience. The rigorous curriculum, with real-world application taught by leading scholars, is offered every other weekend, leaving the work week uninterrupted. Students bring experience and commitment to a program that prepares them for management challenges of the future.

The program is divided into four terms of approximately equal length. Each term begins with a week in residence on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. Following each of the four residence weeks, classes meet on alternate weekends (Saturday morning until Sunday noon) at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center. Graduates earn a Cornell MBA degree in 22 months.

The integrated curriculum takes students from core fundamentals to advanced business synthesis. All courses are sequenced so that each class builds on the content of the previous material learned. Throughout the program, individual assignments allow students to apply course concepts and techniques to their own organizations. The curriculum also includes a global business project as well as innovation and new venture creation project.

In addition to Cornell’s own EMBA program, the school also partners with Queen’s University in Canada to deliver a partnership program typically held three Saturdays per month in addition to three residence sessions on the Cornell and Queen’s University campuses. Students are always in a live classroom, either on-campus or in their home city, linked to classmates and faculty members via simultaneous interactive technology sessions. In doing so, the program allows students to achieve their career and educational goals in their home region without interrupting their careers, while expanding their professional networks and connection to Cornell. Graduates earn Cornell and Queen’s MBA degrees in 17 months.

Approximately 40% of class time is spent during three residential sessions that vary from 7 to 15 days in length, and are split between Ithaca, New York and Kingston, Ontario, Canada. These 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.

Locations include Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Salem, NH; New York, NY; Ithaca, NY; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; and Monterrey, Mexico.

The program is dynamic and comprehensive, blending theory with experience and knowledge with application. 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 leave the program with the ability to approach issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2013 Poets&Quants: 8
2013 BusinessWeek: 29
2015 U.S. News & World Report: 13
2010 The Wall Street Journal: 8
2013 Financial Times: 37

2015 Tuition & Fees:

Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY: $161,360
Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA: $121,530

GMAT: Not a required component of the application. A review of undergraduate or graduate transcripts will occur during the admission process. The program may require applicants with insufficient mathematics preparation to take a math course, the GMAT, or a mathematics assessment.

Classes Meet: Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY: Program is divided into four terms of approximately equal length. Each term begins with a week in residence on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. Following each of the four residence weeks, classes meet on alternate weekends (Saturday morning until Sunday noon).

Length of Program:
Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY: 22 months
Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA: 17 months

Class of 2015 Profiles

Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY:
Class size: 75
Average years of work experience: 12
Average age: 35.6
Women: 24%
Minority: 45%
Under Represented Minority*: 23%
Advanced degrees: 21%

Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Class of 2015
Class size: 163
Average years of work experience: 13
Average age: 37
Women: 19%
Minority: 28%
Under Represented Minority*: 7%
Advanced degrees: 40%

* Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American

Industry Profiles

Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY:
Financial Services: 41%
Manufacturing: 16%
Healthcare: 10%
Consulting: 7%
Non-Profit/Public Sector: 7%
Engineering: 5%
Marketing/Advertising: 5%
Other: 9%

Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Class of 2015:
Technology & Engineering:  21%
Financial Services:  17%
Health, Science & Agriculture:  14%
Manufacturing: 13%
Public Sector & Non-Profit:  11%
Other Business: 24%

Geographic Representation

Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NY:
New York: 52%
New Jersey: 33%
Pennsylvania: 7%
Connecticut: 4%
Massachusetts: 3%
Colorado: 1%

Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Class of 2015:
California: 18%
Ontario: 18%
Alberta: 13%
New York: 10%
Texas: 8%
Washington State: 7%
Mexico: 6%
Washington, DC: 5%
British Columbia: 4%
Georgia: 4%
New Hampshire: 3%
Colombia: 3%
Quebec: 1%

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Contact Information

Sage Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
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Why Johnson?

To foster the close-knit community that is the hallmark of education at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management School, every incoming class is, by design, small and selective. It’s the only way we can deliver our truly unique, rich, and dynamic educational experience.

Johnson at Cornell University is an intense, collaborative Ivy League business school in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States: Ithaca, NY. Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, Johnson is distinguished by its commitment to service, real-world business immersions, small class sizes, highly selective recruitment, and global business practices. Our graduates consistently succeed in every industry around the world.

At any given time, Johnson has roughly 700 MBA and PhD students and 95 faculty members. Johnson’s tradition of working and socializing together leads to an unusually strong sense of community and collegiality. You’ll cultivate lifelong friendships while building a robust professional network. Equipped with a deep understanding of how global, connected enterprise is changing, Johnson graduates are leaders who know how to harness the power of a team to create extraordinary results. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to collaborate, start innovative businesses, and transform organizations.

See what our students and alumni have to say: Johnson Voices.

In July 2016, Johnson joined the School of Hotel Administration and the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management to form the Cornell College of Business (CCB). As the home of three business schools and dozens of degree programs, CCB offers more customization than any top university in the world.

Profile of MBA Options

Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY: The Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY Program prepares executives to succeed in a fast-paced and competitive arena and is a leader in innovative business education for the connected world. The program is organized into four terms. Each term begins with a week in residence on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. The remaining classes meet every other weekend in Metro NY. Graduates earn an internationally recognized Cornell University MBA degree in 22 months. Curriculum is integrated, sequenced, and customizable.

Cornell Executive MBA Americas: The Cornell Executive MBA Americas Program brings the excellence of the Ivy League to working professionals in Latin America, Canada, and the United States. Graduates receive a dual MBA from Cornell University and Queens University. The program format combines on-campus residential sessions and live, connected videoconferencing sessions on weekends. During weekend classes, faculty teach live from our on-campus studios while students attend classes at their local boardroom. Remaining classes are delivered during three residential sessions held at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. During residential sessions, students have the opportunity to spend time on the Cornell and Queens campuses with students from various boardroom locations.

Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA: The Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA Program is a dual degree graduate business program offered by Johnson at Cornell University and PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) at Tsinghua University. This two-year program is the only part-time, post-experience program conducted bilingually in English and Chinese (Mandarin) currently offered in the market. The program operates in Beijing at Tsinghua University and is ideal for executive corporate and organizational leaders across China. This program is right for you if you consider yourself part of the next generation of leaders in the world financial industry and prefer to develop your career in China and related markets. Approximately 75 percent of the program is delivered in China and the remaining 25 percent of the program is delivered in New York City and/or Ithaca, NY.

Residential Programs:

Two-year MBA in Ithaca

One-year MBA in Ithaca

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA

Additional Residential Options:

Dual-Degree Programs

Cornell Connections

Johnson is part of the largest and most diverse Ivy League university. MBAs can pursue broad interests in preparation for their future business pursuits. Johnson students benefit from strong Cornell connections to New York City and other business hubs around the globe. When they complete their studies at Johnson, graduates can tap into a network of 250,000 committed and engaged Cornell University alumni.

Career Management

The Johnson Career Management Center prepares you for the job market with personalized, one-on-one attention and advancement opportunities that are second to none. Whether you are part of a residential or executive MBA program, career planning services are available for you.

Whether you’re seeking to shift your career, industry, or company, our career management program is designed to facilitate the process of achieving your career goals. Career services include transition workshops, advancement workshops, career development webinars, career forums, alumni panels, and the Cornell EMBA Exchange networking event. One-on-one coaching services include executive, career, and team. You’ll also have access to our resume and alumni database and job postings.

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