Admission Open for One Year MBA at Cornell Johnson College of Business


Admission is open for the full-time One Year MBA / One Year MBA for Executives program at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business with the early action round on September 5 (priority review)

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Dates to Remember

  • Early Action: September 5, 2019 (Priority Review)
  • October Round: October 8, 2019
  • November Round: November 5, 2019
  • January Round: January 8, 2020
  • Rolling: May 5, 2020

(After January 8, applications will be received and reviewed on a space-available basis with a final submission deadline of March 5, 2020).

The Program

The school says the one year MBA offers a combination of a flexible curriculum, student leadership opportunities, course options in NYC and Ithaca besides a tight-knit community to give you all the benefits needed to fast-track your career trajectory.

The residential MBA program in Ithaca also includes the option to take courses at Cornell Tech in New York City. As a participant, you will not only learn foundational business principles but also skills related to the industry that makes the most sense for your career advancement as you choose the electives.

During the Summer semester, you will be completing the core subjects in integrated teams with students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program. Together you will take classes in financial accounting, critical thinking, strategy, data analytics and more. It is a 10-week crash course on business foundations with leadership training and a case competition.

In the Fall semester, you will join students in the Two-Year MBA program as they begin their second year of study. You will also be able to take electives across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and check out some weekend courses at Cornell Tech.


The electives include accounting, consulting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and organizations, marketing, operations management, and technology. In addition, you will have access to specialized knowledge pertaining to sustainable global enterprise.

Apart from these, you will also have access to more than 4000 courses across the Cornell campus at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, College of Engineering, Law School, School of Hotel Administration, and Program in Real Estate.

Management Practicum

In the fall semester, you will be eligible to participate in a Management Practicum. You will be working with faculty members and advisers on real-life consulting projects for companies. The projects typically focus on areas of specific interest to One-Year MBA students, including biotech, technology, finance, and pharmaceutical.

The students will be involved in conducting client interviews, data analysis and prepare presentations highlighting their problem analyses and recommended solutions.

You will also be participating in a curriculum of focused career planning. Highlights include individual career assessment, interaction with alumni from a wide variety of industries, opportunities to practice and receive feedback on self-marketing pitches, networking conversations and interviewing.

Immersion Options

One-Year MBAs are eligible to participate in some of the Two-Year MBA immersion curricula depending on their career goals. Immersion courses are led by business practitioners and Johnson’s research faculty. Immersions focus in-depth on a particular career path and industry. You will also round out your electives during your last semester or choose to spend seven weeks at Cornell Tech for intensives in Fintech or digital marketing.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have outstanding academic credentials and a commitment to academic excellence. The resume should outline notable professional accomplishments. The application essays should communicate your fit and potential contributions as a community member. You should have competitive standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE). Apart from projecting the desire to make a positive impact, you should be able to clearly communicate your career goals and the role Johnson will play in the process.

Full-time work experience is not required to apply, but on average, students have completed two to five years of full-time work prior to enrolling. A small number of outstanding applicants with less than one year of full-time experience are accepted.

You must hold a bachelor’s degree. Transcripts should be provided for all completed coursework along with proof of graduation from a bachelor’s degree program. One-Year Ithaca MBA students must also hold a professional certification or advanced degree.

Eligible certifications and advanced degrees include, but are not limited to: chartered financial analyst, certified public accountant (CPA), Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants (UK and India), Society of Actuaries, project management (PMP), JD, MD, MEng, MHA, MPA, MEd, MA, MS, or PhD.

Program Fee & Other Expenses

The total fees, including tuition, housing and food, books, health insurance, personal/miscellaneous expenses come to about $141,170.

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