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Cornell SC Johnson College of Business


The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management—a school within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—was originally founded in 1946 as the Cornell School of Business and Public Administration. The family of Samuel Curtis Johnson, Jr. donated $20 million to the business school in 1984 (at the time, the largest donation to a business school in history), and the school was renamed in his honor. In 2016, the Johnson Graduate School joined Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management to form the Cornell College of Business. In early 2017, Herbert Fisk Johnson III of S. C. Johnson & Son donated $150 million to the school, thus renaming the umbrella college as the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.


The Johnson Graduate School of Management is based on Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, New York, though it offers MBA programs in New York City and options that reach across the Americas. Students enrolled in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program take classes, for example, at the Ithaca campus and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Johnson’s executive MBA programs in New York City are based in the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus.


Johnson’s main academic building on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca is Sage Hall. Originally built in 1875 as the Sage College for Women, Sage Hall undertook a $38 million renovation in the late 1990s and became the home of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Sage Hall features classrooms, an executive lounge, an atrium and cafe, a management library, and many breakout rooms for collaboration.

Johnson also operates classes and administrative offices in the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education, which opened in 2017 in Ithaca’s Collegetown area. Alumnus David Breazzano’s $25 million gift supported construction of this 76,000-square-foot building with classrooms for 450 students, three floors of administrative offices, two HD broadcast studies, and several breakout rooms.

Finally, Johnson uses dedicated space in the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City for its executive MBA programs and school events.


Johnson employs 68 full-time and 70 visiting, part-time, or adjunct faculty members specializing in 11 different disciplines. This group of scholars and professionals directs four research centers and institutes: the Parker Center for Investment Research, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, the Smith Family Business Initiative, and the Emerging Markets Institute.

Student Body

Johnson offers seven MBA programs, each with a diverse student body with varying levels of professional experience. Johnson’s flagship program is the Two-Year MBA in Ithaca, New York. The Two-Year MBA Class of 2021 enrolled 282 students. Students in the class of 2021 had a mean GMAT score of 696 and a median GPA of 3.41. The incoming class also had an average of five years of work experience. Thirty-five percent of the first year students were women, while 14 percent were underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds. U.S. Citizens accounted for 68 percent of the class, with the remaining portion of students representing 30 countries.

MBA Degree Offerings

Cornell Johnson offers three residential MBA programs: the One-Year accelerated MBA program and the Two-Year MBA program at its Ithaca campus, and the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA at Cornell Tech in New York City. Students in these residential programs can opt to pursue one of multiple dual-degree options. The business school also offers three executive MBA options: the Executive MBA Metro NY program, the Executive MBA Americas program, and the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program.


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