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Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 4, 2021.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $74,026

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $74,026

Acceptance Rate: 39%

Full-Time Enrollment: 304

Average GPA: 3.34

Median GMAT: 710

International: 35%

Minority: 25%

Female: 39%

Male: 61%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines:

Two-Year MBA (Ithaca)

  • Round 1: October 12, 2021
  • Round 2: January 5, 2022
  • Round 3: April 12, 2022

One-Year MBA (Ithaca)

  • Early Action: September 8, 2021
  • Round 1: October 12, 2021
  • Round 2: January 5, 2022
  • Round 3: March 8, 2022 (final deadline)

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA (NYC)

  • Round 1: October 12, 2021
  • Round 2: January 5, 2022
  • Round 3: March 8, 2022 (final deadline)*

*Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

In response to continued hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we continue to debate the value of a GMAT/GRE score as a predictor of future academic and career success, Cornell Johnson is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2021-2022 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias, through the online application. Full details can be found on our website.

The Cornell Johnson MBA: What You Need To Know

Since 1946, Cornell Johnson’s pastoral upstate New York location has been a main attraction for MBAs who want peace and quiet to think hard about their future. How many b-schools can say they offer the experience crossing a bridge over a waterfall on the way to class? At Cornell, students literally and figuratively cross bridges alongside their close-knit and supportive community. “We aim to produce team-players with strong leadership skills,” former Associate Dean Wishal Gaur says. “Over the years we have developed the Four Cs framework for leadership: character, compassion, courage, and competence.”

The business school attached to Ivy League Cornell University offers three cutting-edge and highly regarded residential MBA programs that operate across two campuses — in Ithaca which hosts both a One-Year and Two-Year program, and in New York City which hosts the other One-Year program. Johnson welcomed around 350 MBA’s this year — 290 students on the Two-Year track and 60 on the One-Year.

The Two-Year program suits career-changers, while the One-Year programs are for those wanting to turbo-boost their career in their current sector. The difference is that the shorter version omits an internship and some related immersion elements.

Johnson has an intense immersion program they call “Performance Learning,” described as a hands-on semester of integrated course and field work in a specific industry or career interest. For the Two-Year students, there’s a mandatory internship between the first and second year.

The curriculum at Johnson can be described as a blend of intensive coursework with real-world experience, with the intent for graduates to make an immediate impact in today’s dynamic and fast-paced economy. Following the summer’s core courses in the one-year option, which all 12-month candidates share, one group stays in Ithaca for the duration of the One-Year MBA, while students in the tech-focused MBA head to Cornell Tech in New York City. Johnson also offers MBAs as part of dual degrees, with law; medicine; real estate; health administration; or industrial and labor relations.

There are three guiding principles at Johnson that students can expect to encounter throughout the entirety of their MBA experience; one being the value of a solid education in all key business functions, including marketing, finance, human resources, and production. The second is the importance of strong analytical and decision-making skills. The last focuses on offering the greatest flexibility in tailoring individual curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to give feedback on curriculum and therefore co-create their experiences at Cornell. “Students have a big say in what we offer. For example, they asked for grade non-disclosure, and we have implemented that. We treat our courses as a partnership with students,” says Gaur.

As could be expected, Cornell also offers many co-curricular opportunities for students such as competitions, and international treks over winter and summer breaks. Cross-pollination is a key feature of Johnson’s MBAs, with some of the 120 electives shared between all the different MBA classes, giving students huge flexibility in their choices and meaning that unlike at some schools where candidates remain stuck in streams, they can indulge their curiosity and choose a focus area for their second year electives.

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Contact Information

Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management
111 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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From Johnson:

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, a school within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, delivers business education that empowers students to turn ambition into impact. Johnson’s defining attributes—its tight-knit community, emphasis on leadership, and focus on immersive, experiential learning—are reflected across its programs, which include full-time and executive MBA programs, MPS and dual-degrees options, and a PhD.

Johnson’s powerful network spans the globe and includes diverse students, world-renowned faculty, and 19,000+ alumni who consistently push traditional boundaries to shape the business landscape and make a positive impact.

Johnson’s Two-Year and One-Year programs are offered at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is known for its beautiful natural landscape, family-friendly community, and downtown area. Classes are held primarily in Sage Hall and the new Breazzano Family Center for Business Education.

Students can choose to participate in and lead any of 80+ student organizations ranging from the Women’s Management Council to the Black Graduate Student Association, and from the Old Ezra Finance Club to the Johnson Pets Society. They also participate in international treks, leadership expeditions, and case competitions. Johnson offers a unique, “two campus, one community” approach, which allows Ithaca-based residential students to take weekend courses or half-semester intensives at Cornell Tech in NYC. Opportunities for networking are endless.

Two-Year program

For career enhancers and switchers, Johnson’s flexible Two-Year MBA curriculum gives students the practical skills they need and the freedom to dive into an area they’re passionate about. Far from a lock-step sequence, students can customize their studies and focus on specific industries during their first year. They also develop leadership skills, work with second-year MBA mentors, and participate in domestic and international treks.

  • First semester: Required courses in the MBA Core—topics such as financial accounting, microeconomics, strategy, leading teams, data analytics, and more
  • Second semester: Hands-on learning and industry immersion—corporate finance, digital technology, investment banking, investment research and asset management, strategic operations, strategic marketing, or sustainable global enterprise
  • Summer internship
  • Third semester: Electives, co-curricular activities, and NYC weekend courses at Cornell...

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