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Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Tech MBA

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.


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. 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-one students are enrolled in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Class of 2023. The students are, on average, 29 years old with 5.5 years of full-time work experience. Thirty-one percent of students are female. Students had an average GMAT of 696 and an average 3.5 GPA.

Career Statistics for the Cornell Tech MBA

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 median base salary for the Class of 2021 was $150,000 with an average sign-on bonus of $50,000. 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 $118,758. 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 to the Cornell Tech MBA

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.

2022-2023 Cornell Johnson Tech MBA Deadlines

Round 1: October 11, 2022

Round 2: January 5, 2023

Round 3: March 7, 2023 (Final Deadline)


Is the Cornell Tech MBA STEM certified?

Yes, the Cornell Tech MBA is STEM certified and prepares students for career success in the digital economy.

Is Cornell Tech the same as Cornell University?

Yes, Cornell Tech is a campus of Cornell University. The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA is a part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.  Students begin their curriculum during the summer semester at Cornell University’s Ithaca, New York, campus and complete their core courses in 10 weeks at Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY.

What is the Cornell Tech MBA Ranking?

The Cornell Tech MBA is a part of the Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management, which according to major publication rankings is typically ranked in the top-20 globally.


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