Cornell’s Johnson School of Management


Cornell's Johnson School of Management is ranked 15th among the best U.S. business schools by Poets&Quants.

13. Cornell University

S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management

111 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Admissions: 607-255-4526 or 800-847-2082
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Admission Deadlines for Class of 2014:
Round One: 10/12/11
Round Two: 11/30/11
Round Three: 1/25/12
Round Four: 3/14/12

The two-year MBA program at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School spans 21 months, including a summer internship between the two academic years. The program begins in August, with two weeks of orientation activities that provide a foundation of concepts and skills, as well as an introduction to classmates, faculty, and staff. After 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 choose from at least eighty Johnson electives and they are encouraged to make use of the other colleges, schools, and multidisciplinary centers at Cornell. Johnson students can choose courses not only from the MBA roster but from some 4000 courses offered across the university.

Latest Up-To-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2011): 13
BusinessWeek (2010): 13
Forbes (2011): 8
U.S. News & World Report (2011): 16
Financial Times (2011): 30 (Global), 14 (U.S.)
The Economist (2011): 25 (Global), 15 (U.S.)

Ranking Analysis:

Cornell’s Johnson School had a good rankings year in 2011. The school moved up two places in Poets&Quants’ MBA ranking, finishing in 13th place from 15th in 2010. Johnson improved its showing in the U.S. News ranking by two spots to 16th from 18th. It went up six spots to 30th from 36th in the global ranking of The Financial Times, and the school improved eight places in The Economist ranking, capturing a 25th spot on the magazine’s global list, up from 33. Only Forbes begged to differ. The biennial Forbes survey, which ranks schools on return-on-investment, had Johnson slip a notch to eighth place in 2011 from seventh in 2009.

  • JohnAByrne

    Thanks for letting me know. We’ve made so many changes under the hood in the past few years that these things are bound to occur.

  • A123


    Please check Tepper’s link because it leads to another (outdated) page about Johnson. It happens from other schools’ pages (match/stretch/safe)

  • BigRed

    Cornell/Johnson rocks! The only thing is the weather…but definitely a top notch school. No doubt.

  • Jack Tao

    Cornell will be a top 10 close to a top 5 school in 5 years for sure. It is under-rated because of its size and location. Their win and development of the new Cornell NYC Tech campus will change everything. They already lead the country in Engineering and Medicine, now armed with a tech/business campus in the heart of NYC that will rival Silicone Valley, Cornell will be powerhouse and force to reckon with. Bill Gates is already erecting a building in Ithaca and behemoths like Google are already jumping on the bandwagon by partnering with Cornell to expand its footprint.

  • aaron

    I agree that Cornell is moving up in the rankings. I also feel they’re currently under-rated, namely due to the recruiting score.  On my visit I learned that a vast majority of the recruiting is done by Cornell alums and not by the regular corporate recruiters, so I’m curious how representative of the whole picture that 23 score represents. It is very apparent after visiting that the students and alums are fiercely loyal and extremely excited to be part of the community.

  • Jjabrams

    this will be a top 10 school in 5 years