Cornell University: Johnson One-Year MBA

Ideal for career enhancers who hold advanced degrees or certifications, Johnson’s One-Year MBA program offers a rigorous, customizable curriculum delivered at an accelerated pace. Students learn foundational business principles and develop skills related to their industry that will help them move into management roles. Over the course of 12 months, students become stronger leaders and have the opportunity to expand their perspectives by participating in domestic and international treks.

  • Summer semester: 10 weeks of required core courses with students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program—financial accounting, critical thinking, strategy, data analytics, and more

  • Fall semester: Management Practicum with a real consulting project in addition to electives and NYC weekend courses with second-year students in the Two-Year MBA program

  • Spring semester: Immersions in certain subjects, NYC intensives at Cornell Tech, and more electives

Who should apply?

To be sure candidates are academically ready for this rigorous program, One-Year MBA applicants must hold a professional certification or advanced degree. Applicants must have completed their advanced degree or certification by May 2020 for summer 2020 entry.

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.

One-Year MBA application deadlines:

Deposit & Official
Documentation Deadline
Early Action9/5/201910/15/201911/20/201912/10/2019
October Round10/8/201911/15/201912/20/20191/10/2020
November Round11/5/20191/15/20202/20/20203/10/2020
January Round1/8/2020*2/20/20203/20/20204/10/2020

*After January 8th, applications will be received and reviewed on a space available basis with a final submission deadline of March 5, 2020. International students requiring F-1 visa sponsorship must apply by the January 8th deadline. 

Johnson’s One-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 70 students in the One-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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Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Admissions and Financial Aid

111 Sage Hall, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

Phone: (607) 255-4526


Location: Ithaca, New York

Program duration: One year

Program format: Full-time, residential

% employed after 3 months: 90%


Enrolled: 66

Average age: 30

Women students: 22%

Underrepresented minorities: 7%

International students: 57%

Average GMAT: 700

Average years of work experience: 5.7