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.
Johnson offers six MBA programs, each with a diverse student body and varying professional experience levels. Johnson’s flagship program is the Two-Year MBA in Ithaca, New York. The Two-Year MBA Class of 2024 enrolled 303 students. Students in the class of 2024 had a median GMAT score of 710 and a median GPA of 3.30. The incoming class also had an average of five and a half years of work experience. Thirty-nine percent of the first-year students were women, while 16 percent were underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds. Domestic students accounted for 57 percent of the class, with the remaining portion of students representing 43 countries.
MBA Degree Offerings
Cornell Johnson offers two residential MBA programs: 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.
Cornell Johnson MBA Admissions Tips
Applying for the Cornell SC Johnson full-time Two-Year MBA program is an exciting opportunity to tell your story. Executive Director of Admissions and Scholarship Eddie Asbie shares tips and best practices for the application process. Learn how to make the most of each section of the Cornell MBA application. For more information on our programs, visit: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/
Two-Year MBA: Small Community. BIG Opportunity
Hear from Johnson Two-Year MBA Park Fellow Safiya Miller ’15 on why she chose Johnson. The top-tier Johnson MBA program provided Safiya with a niche community where she was able to develop camaraderie while still trying to improve and grow as a leader. Johnson also enabled Safiya big opportunities to take courses all across Cornell University.