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Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Program Description

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program prepares students for career success in the digital economy. An MBA designed to transform tech-focused individuals into business leaders and entrepreneurs, this one-year program is where networks, industry, and experiential learning combine.

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA is defined by hands-on experience with interdisciplinary connections. MBAs work with engineering, law, and computer science students to produce visionary ideas grounded in significant needs.

This MBA program is all about real-world experience in ideation and creation. In addition to completing foundational MBA core courses, students work on cross-functional teams in Studio to develop tech solutions for real company challenges. With the majority of the program based at Cornell Tech in New York City, students are surrounded by a rapidly expanding tech sector and frequently interact with industry leaders, startup founders, and venture capitalists.

Curriculum

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA curriculum begins during the summer semester at Cornell University’s Ithaca, New York, campus. Students complete foundational core courses in 10 weeks with students in Johnson’s One-Year, Ithaca-based MBA program. Topics range from financial accounting to marketing and leadership development.

The remainder of the program, two semesters, is delivered at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Students are immersed in the tech industry and have access to state-of-the-art facilities in and around the campus. MBA-specific modules are combined with co-curriculum offerings among other graduate students at Cornell Tech. The program’s hands-on components are executed in Studio: Product Studio, Startup Ideas, and Startup or BigCo Studio, for example. Your interdisciplinary group will take product ideas from conception, through development, and to launch stage while seamlessly integrating business and technology principles. You might also opt to complete intensives in fintech or digital marketing during the spring semester.

Class Profile

Eighty-four students are enrolled in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Class of 2020. The students are, on average, 28 years old with 4.7 years of full-time work experience. Thirty-one percent of students are female. Students had an average GMAT of 693 and a 3.33 GPA.

Career Statistics

Cornell Tech is located among the expanding tech sector in New York City. Its proximity to startups and established companies and organizations gives you ongoing opportunities to connect with industry leaders and hiring managers. To help you learn more about tech careers, Cornell Tech hosts weekly Conversations in Studio, bringing in speakers to talk about their paths and experiences. Throughout the year, and because of the program’s industry-immersive design, you’ll work on developing your networks as you plan for your next career step.

As most Cornell Tech students pursue careers in tech, career management focuses on practicing technical interviews, often conducted by experienced external practitioners. Prospective employers, experienced entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists are invited to campus for tech talks instead of traditional recruiting presentations. On-campus blitz interviewing events are held twice a year, and use an internally-developed algorithm to match employers and students.

The mean base salary for the Class of 2018 was $126,000 with an average sign-on bonus of $40,000. As most graduates accepted jobs with tech companies, a significant portion of the annual compensation is represented by equity, the value of which compresses salary relative to offers with no equity component.

Tuition, Scholarships, Financial Aid

Current tuition for the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program is $107,530. To help students finance their studies, Cornell Tech offers scholarship aid to a limited number of master’s degree students each year. All scholarships are merit-based and are determined by review of an applicant’s credentials at the time of admission. All admitted students who are not fully sponsored are considered. There are also a variety of loan options available to Johnson students, including federal loan programs for U.S. citizens and private loans for international students.

Admissions

Applicants to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program must submit an online application, resume indicating all post-bachelor degree employment, a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, GMAT or GRE scores, official academic records or transcripts, and $200 for the application. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, if necessary.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
Round 2: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
Round 3: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Applications received after the Round 3 deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

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