Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

111 Sage Hall
Ithaca, New York, 14853
Admissions: 607-255-4526 or 800-847-2082
Email: mba@cornell.edu
Website: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu
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Johnson’s small and close-knit community is a hallmark of its MBA experience. The school boasts a wide-ranging portfolio of degree paths including: Two-Year MBA in Ithaca; One-Year MBA in Ithaca; the new One-Year MBA at Cornell NYC Tech; Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NYC; and the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA.

The two-year MBA program spans 21 months and kicks off in August with a two-week orientation. The first-year core curriculum provides the building blocks of management education, integrating knowledge in the various management disciplines with hands-on practice in applying it.

During the second year, students can choose courses not only from the MBA roster but also from some 4,000 selections offered across the university. Johnson also offers optional breadth and depth concentrations to improve students’ marketability. Breadth concentrations include: consulting, entrepreneurship, and global business management, among others. Depth concentrations include corporate finance, financial analysis, and private equity, to name a few. About 12% of the student body chooses to enroll in a dual-degree program, such as Cornell’s MBA/JD or MBA/MD.

Johnson is also among the few elite schools offering a one-year MBA program. This academically rigorous experience is designed for those with a degree in science or technology, plus three to five years of relevant experience; students benefit from the program’s location on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Admission Deadlines for Class of 2017:

Round Application Deadline Decision Notification Deposit Deadline*
Round 1 October 1, 2014 December 17, 2013 January 14, 2015
Round 2 January 7, 2015 March 25, 2015 April 22, 2015
Round 3 March 11, 2015 May 13, 2015 June 13, 2015
Rolling Admissions April 1, 2015 (One-year)
April 30, 2015 (Two-year)
Rolling admissions Two weeks from your decision notification date

Application Deadlines: Applications need to be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Latest Up-To-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2014): 15
BusinessWeek (2014): 13
U.S. News & World Report (2015): 17
Forbes (2013): 9
Financial Times (2014): 15
The Economist (2014): 17

Cornell’s Johnson School had a relatively stable rankings year; despite a few setbacks in the major international rankings, the B-school was buoyed by a big jump in a stateside survey.

In Poets&Quants’ 2013 ranking, the school held on to its No. 11 spot from 2012, up from 13th in 2011 and 15th in 2010.

Johnson’s biggest boost came from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which gave the school a six-place lift to seventh from 13th in 2010, the last time the publication ranked full-time MBA programs.

The sizable jump in the BusinessWeek ranking was due to significantly better results in both the graduate and corporate recruiter satisfaction surveys used by BusinessWeek to rank schools. Only one other school did better than Johnson in the magazine’s graduate satisfaction survey, so Johnson moved into second place from eight in 2010. Indiana University’s Kelley School was the only other MBA program to rank higher on this measure. Johnson also moved up a remarkable 11 places on BusinessWeek’s corporate recruiter survey, jumping into 12th place this year from 23rd in 2010.

As one highly satisfied Class of 2012 graduate told BusinessWeek: “Johnson makes it a point to really stress working in teams and does so by randomly assigning core teams that are very diverse for our first semester on campus. They have quality faculty that care about their students and they have established a culture that really feels like a community. They are able to do this while still having excellent academics and job placement opportunities.”

Johnson lost some ground in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranking, slipping from 16th in 2012 to 17th. And Forbes, which last ranked school in 2011, has Johnson in ninth place in 2013, down from eighth in 2011.

The B-school took a hit in the Financial Times’ 2014 ranking, dropping from 24th in 2013 to 27th this year. The Economist’s survey also brought a disappointing six-point drop, from 11th in 2012 to 17th in 2013.

2014-2015 Tuition (Two-Year MBA): $116,384
*Average tuition increase per academic year 3-5%

Median GMAT: 700
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-740
Average GPA: 3.34
Acceptance Rate: 22.1%
Mean Age: 28

Full-Time Enrollment: 688
International: 29.6%
Female: 28%
Minority: 27%

Career and Salary Stats for the Class of 2014: 

Average 2013 Base Salary: $111,000
Average Signing Bonus: $25,000
Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 87%
Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 93%

Top Feeder Colleges & Companies to Cornell:

Top Feeder Colleges to Cornell’s Johnson School
Top Feeder Companies to Cornell’s Johnson School

Interview With Admissions Director:  

The Gatekeeper to the Johnson School at Cornell

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools:  MIT SloanBerkeleyDuke
Match Schools:  VirginiaNew York UniversityMichiganYaleCarnegie MellonUCLA
Safe Schools: North CarolinaTexas at AustinEmoryIndiana

Where the Class of 2014 Went to Work

Financial Services — 30%
Consulting — 21%
Technology — 14%
Consumer Products — 10%

The Top Employers for the Class of 2014

Citi — 11
Amazon — 11
Bank of America — 9
Ernst & Young — 8

Estimate of Total Pay Over a 20-Year Career*: $2,537,000

* PayScale 2014 estimate for Poets & Quants


From Johnson:

Why the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University?

To foster the close-knit community that is the hallmark of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management School education, 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 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 cutting-edge pedagogy, community commitment, real-world business immersions, small class sizes, highly selective recruitment, and global business practices. Our graduates consistently succeed in every industry and geography in the world.

At any given time, Johnson has roughly 650 MBA and PhD students and 90 faculty members. Johnson’s tradition of working and socializing together leads to an unusually strong sense of community and collegiality. The average age of students is 27 with an average work experience of five years. While it varies from year to year, women compose roughly 30 percent of the class, 30 percent are members of minority groups, and 32 percent are international students. Approximately one third of MBA students are married. At Johnson, your peers participate in more than 70 MBA clubs, from the Asia Business Association to Women’s Management Council, and engage in numerous planned and impromptu study groups and social outings. Johnson’s small class sizes and community focus guarantee that you will cultivate lifelong friendships while building a robust professional network.

One Cornell MBA – 5 Ways to Earn it.

  • Two-year MBA in Ithaca: Applicants to our Two-year MBA in Ithaca program value collaboration and want to hone their leadership skills. The program is designed for professionals who possess great leadership potential, and expect their MBA program to help them maximize it. These professionals seek significant career growth and new opportunities. They want to be part of an intense, diverse, and authentic community, and to attach Cornell’s Ivy League reputation to their own.
  • One-year MBA in Ithaca: The One-year MBA program, with residency in Ithaca, NY, is designed for professionals with established careers who seek an MBA to advance into senior management roles or to lead a new venture. Professionals with significant experience and advanced degrees or certifications are eligible to apply. Professional certifications and/or advanced degrees may be awarded credits at the start of the program. Some students even elect to pursue a dual degree.
  • One-year MBA at Cornell NYC Tech: The relentless evolution of digital technology has changed business forever. Our One-year MBA at Cornell NYC Tech launched in May 2014 and is the latest development in our history of MBA innovations to include performance learning and immersion programs. This program is right for you if you truly grasp the digital economy, and have a deep background and proven success within tech companies or in tech initiatives in traditional companies. This kind of experience is vital, as you will be a resource for others — your fellow MBA students, the companies you’ll interact with, and students in other Cornell NYC Tech Master’s programs.
  • Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NYC: The Cornell Executive MBA in Metro NYC prepares executives to succeed in a fast-paced and competitive arena and is a leader in innovative business education for the connected world. 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. The Cornell Executive MBA network, as the largest Ivy League institution, combined with outstanding talent, provides the necessary foundation for executives to advance their careers to the next level.
  • Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA: As a leader in innovative business education for the connected world, the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA brings the excellence of the Ivy League to established working professionals in major business centers across the Americas – Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. 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 – both of which are of great value to today’s executives.

Whatever format you choose, all five of our MBA programs deliver the same rigorous academics and our signature performance learning methodology. Select the MBA format and location that best suits your background and professional goals.

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.

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Dual-Degree Programs

Acquire a powerful combination of knowledge and skills and put yourself on the fast track in your chosen career with one of our dual degree programs.

At Cornell University, you can earn an MBA along with another Cornell degree in a compressed timeframe. Because of the flexibility in Johnson’s MBA curriculum and the breadth and depth of knowledge available through Cornell University’s nearly 100 academic departments, you can tailor a dual degree program to meet your interests and goals.

Johnson students have a track record of success with these dual graduate degrees:

MBA/JD (Law)

MBA/MILR (Industrial and Labor Relations)

MBA/MEng (Engineering)

MBA/MD (Medicine)

MBA/MPS (Real Estate)

MBA/MHA (Health Administration)

Combining an MBA with other graduate degrees can also be a powerful way to add high-level business skills to specialized knowledge. Johnson also offers a five-year program, giving a few exceptional undergraduates the opportunity to earn an MBA along with their bachelor’s degree. Learn more at: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Dual-Degree-Programs.aspx

Leadership & Vision

Johnson’s location, at the heart of the largest and most diverse Ivy League University, offers students endless opportunities to connect with all that Cornell offers while pursuing their MBA degrees. Through coursework and by interacting with students and faculty from around the University, students can pursue broad interests for their future business careers in any subject – from real estate and hospitality, to engineering, law and Chinese. When completing studies at Johnson, you can tap into a network of 300,000 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. BusinessWeek agrees: It gave our Career Management Center an A+ grade in the 2010 rankings.

As you make your way through the program, you’ll reap the benefits of our unique, integrated approach to career management that includes Career Work Groups, One-on-One Career Advising, Immersions, and Passport Programs. Career Work Groups are functionally-aligned groups led by second-year MBA students. Passport Programs introduce first-year students to ideas and trends in various industries. Immersions are semester-long tracks that plunge students into real-world business experiences. All students are assigned a professional advisor who provides personalized, one-on-one career guidance.

One-year MBA students also enjoy an integrated career management program tailored to your schedule, including summer Career Work Groups, conference calls with alumni that provide opportunities to delve into your preferred industry, Cornell alumni networking trip to New York City, and personalized, one-on-one career advising.

Executive MBA students leverage this mid-career credential for more than just career enhancement. 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 available to you include one-on-one advising conducted at your convenience by phone or in-person; programming designed to equip you with career tools or navigate your career effectively; access to career tools and resources; and job search work teams, alumni mentors and executive coaches. Learn more at: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management.aspx

Research Centers & Institutes

  • Parker Center for Investment Research: The Parker Center for Investment Research is widely acknowledged to be at the pinnacle of graduate education in investment research and asset management.
  • Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise: At the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, we view solutions to environmental and social problems as business opportunities, not a cost of doing business.
  • Emerging Markets Institute: At the Emerging Markets Institute, we provide thought leadership on the role of emerging markets, and emerging market multinationals, in the global economy.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute: The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute is to foster the three most critical components of entrepreneurship and innovation: knowledge, networking, and opportunity.

Learn more at: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Research-Centers-Institutes.aspx

Veterans at Johnson

Welcome veterans to the Johnson Graduate School of Management. First, thank you for your service to our Country. You will find a very unique supportive environment here. Johnson is committed to supporting our veteran students intellectually, socially, and financially. As a veteran, you bring a unique facet to the entire Johnson student body and we are all enriched by your leadership experiences. When you join Cornell, you become part of an extensive network of more than 300,000 alumni, including 13,000 Johnson graduates.

Our unique Immersion Program allows veterans to quickly get up-to-speed as career-changers. That first-year deep dive into a subject matter is good for any career changer, but can be especially true for veterans as you transition to an academic environment and into the world of business. You can go with confidence into your internship with four or five accounting courses under your belt, as compared to the one you would acquire at other business schools.

In addition, you’ll find a small class size with incredibly supportive staff and faculty that makes Johnson a unique place among elite business schools. Learn more at: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Veterans-at-Johnson.aspx

Park Leadership Fellows Program

The Roy H. Park Fellowship is about extraordinary leadership – ambition as well as humility, passion as well as intellect, and achievement as well as service. Join it and explore not only what it takes to be a successful business leader but also how to lead a rich and rewarding life – of doing well, while doing good. We give you the tools, we give you the experience, and we give you the lifelong network. A two-year full-tuition fellowship award for up to 25 Johnson students is available for those demonstrating outstanding leadership potential. (Applicants must be a U.S. citizen to apply.)

The Park Leadership Fellows Program was established in 1997 and is funded by the Triad Foundation (Roy H. Park and the Triad Foundation). It serves to attract the highest caliber MBA talent to Johnson, and to reward demonstrated leadership potential. The Program was founded on a leadership theme that emphasizes the development of leadership skills. As such, fellowship awards are based on leadership qualities, professional and personal life accomplishment, past academic achievement, and commitment to community service and/or socially responsible business. Learn more at: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Why-Johnson/Leadership/Leadership-Opportunities/Park-Leadership-Fellows-Program.aspx

Scholarships and Grants

Merit-based Scholarship Awards                                            

In addition to the Park Fellowships, Johnson has over $1 million in merit-based scholarship funds awarded annually to new and returning students. We provide partial scholarships to a substantial percentage of our students. Merit scholarships are awarded without regard to citizenship. Students are notified of their selection as a merit scholarship recipient after an offer of admission has been made. Almost 30 percent of Johnson students receive some scholarship assistance.

Johnson Endowed and Annual Scholarships

Merit scholarship award recipients are automatically considered for named scholarships funded by our alumni, corporate partners and individual donors. A separate selection process to award named scholarships is conducted during the summer or fall semester. These named awards replace merit awards already received, and do not provide additional funds to the recipient. These awards are considered academic honors that may be included on your resume. No additional information or form is required to be considered. Some named scholarships may target certain criteria such as gender, citizenship, geographic, ethnicity, academics, and area of concentration. Although applicants are not able to apply, a scholarship recipient may be selected once they matriculate.

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellowship

Johnson became a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in 2009. The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of our Country’s top corporations, is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management. Candidates who apply and are accepted through the Consortium are considered for full-tuition, merit-based Fellowships and benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities. The Consortium Fellowship is open to qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from these underrepresented groups, as well as other persons who can demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium’s mission.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs Scholarship

Johnson participates in the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) University Partnership Program and offers partial to full tuition NSHMBA Scholarships. Exceptional students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community are eligible for consideration. NSHMBA scholars must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) from either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program.

Forté Fellows Program

Johnson participates in the Forté Foundation Fellows Program. Exceptional women candidates of all national origins who have been admitted are eligible for consideration.

Student Agencies, Inc. MBA Fellowships

Student Agencies, Inc. (SAI) is America’s oldest independent student-run organization. Its primary mission is to offer Cornell undergraduate students hands-on experience at managing real businesses with the potential to significantly offset their tuition. SAI is composed of seven different businesses focused primarily on serving students’ needs.

Each year, SAI offers two second-year MBA students a stipend to serve as mentors to undergraduate business managers. Special consideration is given to applicants with interests, skills, and experience in strategy or management consulting.

GI Bill Assistance (Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon)

Johnson Graduate School of Management and Cornell University entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a supplement to the Post 9/11 educational benefit that further defrays the cost of higher education for military veterans.

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships from outside the school are available from many sources. There is some effort involved in securing outside funds. The key is to apply early. Private scholarships may be based on various selection criteria: academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnicity, memberships, civic activities, hobbies, or special talents. Start your scholarship search by contacting your employee benefits office, church, civic group(s), or any other organization you think may have scholarship opportunities.

College Scholarships, Grants, Competitions and Awards Resources

You can search the web on the following sites:




For additional scholarship information, visit www.johnson.cornell.edu/Full-Time-MBA/Admissions/Scholarships-and-Grants.aspx

Our History

Founded: 1946

Full-time faculty: 55

Adjunct, part-time, or visiting faculty members: 40

Endowed faculty chairs: 26

Alumni: Over 13,600

Endowment: $168 million

Corporate partners: 60

Dean: Soumitra Dutta


Contact Us


Admissions & Financial Aid

800-847-2082 (US and Canada) or 607-255-4526

Fax: 607-255-0065

Email: mba@johnson.cornell.edu


Financial Aid


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Email: js_aid@cornell.edu


Career Management Center


Fax: 607-255-2823

Email: cmc@johnson.cornell.edu


Cornell Executive MBA Program


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Email: jwa72@cornell.edu


Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program


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Email: jb362@cornell.edu


Executive Development


Fax: 607-255-0018

Email: eam33@cornell.edu


Diversity and Inclusion, Office of


Fax: 607-254-8624

Email: odi@johnson.cornell.edu



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