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Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management Executive MBA

Johnson at Cornell is an intense, collaborative Ivy League business school in one of the most beautiful and inviting cities in the United States. Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, Johnson is distinguished by its cutting-edge teaching, warm and inclusive community feel, real-world business immersions, small class sizes, excellent job placement, fiercely loyal alumni, international flavor (with an international enrollment of 33%), and demonstrated leadership in recruiting women and minorities. Johnson’s graduates consistently succeed in every industry and geography in the world.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 163
Tuition (Total) $157,416

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Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Says

Johnson at Cornell is an intense, collaborative Ivy League business school in one of the most beautiful and inviting cities in the United States. Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, Johnson is distinguished by its cutting-edge teaching, warm and inclusive community feel, real-world business immersions, small class sizes, excellent job placement, fiercely loyal alumni, international flavor (with an international enrollment of 33%), and demonstrated leadership in recruiting women and minorities. Johnson’s graduates consistently succeed in every industry and geography in the world.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA, Cornell - Queen's.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#29 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#2 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals
#8 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers
#8 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#9 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers
#21 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#9 Best Professors
#10 Most Family Friendly

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 28% accepted out of 2105 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.29
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • In State Application Fee: $200

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

The Johnson application is online only and includes three 400-word essays (two mandatory, one optional). Mandatory topics cover professional achievement and career goals, and the optional essay may be used to detail extenuating circumstances or provide additional bolstering information. Johnson initially reviews applicants through a two-reader syst...The Johnson application is online only and includes three 400-word essays (two mandatory, one optional). Mandatory topics cover professional achievement and career goals, and the optional essay may be used to detail extenuating circumstances or provide additional bolstering information. Johnson initially reviews applicants through a two-reader system; those who make the cut receive an interview, and only disputed files go to committee. As with other systems, this simply means that it pays to present an extremely strong case for admission. Last year's entering class reported an average GPA of 3.3, average GMAT score of 700, and 5 years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
June

28

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 288
Total Full-Time Faculty 95

Student Life

One student calls the Johnson crowd “some of the most intelligent, driven, passionate people I have ever been around.” Each class brings “diverse perspectives from past work experiences and cultural backgrounds,” and “there is a strong environment of collabora­tion”; despite “healthy competition,” the majority of students “study together in Sage” and “informally tutor others for exams.” When free time can be found, students enjoy spending it with each other” at local bars, playing on one of our many intramural teams, participating in a club event or going to hockey games,” such as those of the Frozen Assets, the women's ice hockey team. The community is “as tightly knit as can be,” partly “because we're so far from a major city, but also because faculty and second-year students stress mutual support and collab­oration.” The somewhat remote location in Ithaca is “a gift,” as “it forces you create new social circles with your classmates.” Johnson students have access to the entire Cornell campus, including its facilities and other student clubs and activities. With so much to do, some life planning can be in order. One student advises, “Choose one to two profession-ally-focused club(s), one socially-focused club, and one sports-focused club. I find most students follow this 2-1-1 approach and are incredibly invested in their activities.” Every Thursday, the whole Johnson community comes together for the “well-attended” Sage Social (which provides food and drinks for everyone, and sometimes themed events); social circles are “fluid,” with many activities attended by students of all backgrounds and interests. The best way to describe a Johnson student is this: “they take their work serious­ly but not themselves.”

Career

The recruiting opportunities at Johnson are “incredible,” and the teaching and profes­sional staff encourages students to challenge themselves, providing support “every step of the way.” A “superior international network” means that alumni are “happy to speak with you and many take on the role of career coach, connecting you to unusual intern­ship and job opportunities or helping with interview prep.” “If you ever reach out to a Johnson alum, they will always get back to you,” says a student. There is no cutthroat mentality here: “We work together to compete with students from other schools for jobs, not students within our school.” Career Services stands out “as a place that will go out of their way to help any student.” The school has “the best system to prepare students for the summer internships, which is arguably the most important aspect of career switching.” Its “tremendous” track record of placement in consulting internships and careers allows students “to gain hands-on experience in [their] field of interest as well as leadership impact.”

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Students Say

Even in the midst of numerous top-notch graduate programs, Cornell University’s repu­tation for producing strong business leaders stands out. The school’s strong brand name (“especially in Asia”), varied approach to teaching and learning, and the “wealth of inter­disciplinary course offerings” are just some of the many things that students love, not to mention the “regular opportunities to collaborate closely with students from other pres­tigious graduate departments, located just steps from the business school.” Johnson has a “fantastic, collaborative culture” that draws people in from the get-go and turns them into helpful alumni. “My academic experience at Johnson has encouraged me to refer other colleagues to this program,” says a student.Professors here go the extra mile for students and are “engaged and enthusiastic inside the classroom and extremely available for outside meetings with students.” They're “obviously experts in their respective fields,” and “they will push you, and sometimes frustrate you, but they care most about helping you succeed.” Other unique aspects of Johnson include: a dual degree program between with the top HR program in the coun­try, a strong focus on sustainability, and the student-run hedge fund (currently valued at $10 million), where “students pitch stocks and vote to decide whether or not to invest­ment in a stock.” The school’s immersion program, which many students cite as their main reason for attending, is an intense, hands-on semester of integrated course and field work in a specific industry or career interest. The administration is “pretty responsive to student needs,” and it thinks of the little things that make students happy “like having bagels and coffee for finals.” It “goes out of its way to garner feedback from students and constantly improves the curriculum.” Most core subjects are condensed into the first semester, creating “occasional strains,” but “the school works hard to schedule exams and deliverables to avoid overwhelming stu­dents.” Being part of Cornell also “creates opportunities in multiple related disciplines, from engineering to city planning to agriculture.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Parker Center for Investment Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Emerging Markets Institute

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Life-At-Johnson/Student-Clubs-Organizations/Culture-Religion-and-Minority-Affiliation.aspx

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Office-of-Diversity-Inclusion/LGBTQ-in-Business.aspx

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Office-of-Diversity-Inclusion.aspx

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    Parker Center for Investment Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Emerging Markets Institute

  • Study Abroad:

    Australia Melbourne Business School Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales Belgium Katholique Universiteit Leuven Université Catholique de Louvain Chile Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Denmark Copenhagen Business School (CBS) France Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Ecole Superieure de Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) Hong Kong Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) India Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Italy SDA Bocconi Mexico EGADE Tecnologico De Monterrey Norway Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) Peoples' Republic of China China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management Singapore National University of Singapore South Africa University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business University of Stellenbosch Business School Spain Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) , IESE Business School, University of Navarra (IESE) Instituto de Empresas (IE) Sweden Stockholm School of Economics Switzerland University of St. Gallen Thailand Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration UK Manchester Business School

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/About/Office-of-Diversity-Inclusion/Women-in-Business.aspx

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management include:

Mark T. Bertolini '84 - Chairman and CEO and President of Aetna

Kyung-Bae Suh '87 - CEO, Amore PacificSystems

Dan Hesse '77 - CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.

H. Fisk Johnson Â’84 - Chairman of S.C. Johnson and Son

Irene Rosenfeld '75 - CEO, Kraft Foods Inc.

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Citi, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Samsung

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 43% $101,800
Financial Services 39% $99,900
Consulting 26% $121,800
Consulting 24% $124,500
General Management 16% $100,400
Marketing / Sales 13% $95,700
Other 6% $105,100
Manufacturing 5% $91,100

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 82%
Three Month Employment 8%
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