Cornell University: Johnson Two-Year MBA

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 Tech

  • Fourth semester: More electives, NYC intensives at Cornell Tech, and course selections across Cornell University

Deposit & Official
Documentation Deadline
October Round10/8/201911/15/201912/20/20191/10/2020

November Round11/5/20191/15/20202/20/20203/10/2020

January Round1/8/20203/20/20204/10/20204/20/2020
April Round4/8/20205/8/20206/1/20206/15/2020*
Second Deposit All Rounds

*April round candidates who accept their offer of admission must submit the entire deposit fee of $3,000 by June 15, 2020 along with the enrollment agreement.

Johnson’s Two-Year MBA program is 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.

Johnson’s community is tight knit and small by design—about 280 students in each Two-Year MBA class. Johnson students are hardworking, with impressive academic and professional portfolios, but they are also supportive and willing to lend a hand to their peers. Faculty are accessible and get to know their students, and diversity of culture, thought, and experience is extremely important—Johnson was one of the first top business schools to have a dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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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 17,000+ alumni who consistently push traditional boundaries to shape the business landscape and make a positive impact.



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111 Sage Hall, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

Phone: (607) 255-4526


Location: Ithaca, New York

Program duration: 21 months

Program format: Full-time, residential

% employed after 3 months: 94%


Enrolled: 280

Average age: 28

Women students: 33%

Underrepresented minorities: 15%

International students: 27%

Average GMAT: 699

Average years of work experience: