Average GMAT Score 700 GMAT Range 590-770
Total Applicants 1653 Acceptance Rate 33
Class Size 279 Average Work Experience 28 Months
Applicant Deadlines R1:08-Oct-2019
Decision Dates R1:20-Dec-2019
Length of Program 21 Months Placement Information

Students can earn a traditional two-year MBA or a one-year accelerated MBA at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Full-time MBA students complete a semester-long immersion program in a specific discipline of their choice. Options include strategic marketing, capital markets and asset management, and sustainable global enterprise, among others. Students can take courses at other highly ranked schools at Cornell University, including the Law School and College of Engineering, and can earn a dual degree, tacking on a J.D., master of engineering, an M.D. or other degrees to their MBA.

Cornell students learn leadership and stress competence, character, compassion and courage. The school runs interactive programs, including coffee hour and career workshop events. Students can also get involved in more than 80 organizations, as varied as the Private Equity Society to the Wine Club. For MBA students at the Cornell campus in Ithaca, N.Y., there is limited university-owned housing.

The Johnson Graduate School of Management also offers an executive MBA program, convenient for professionals working in New York City, since these classes are held every other weekend at a campus 15 miles from Manhattan. An executive MBA program with the Queens School of Business with classes held in more than 20 cities is also available. Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management has a strong alumni network with more than 11,000 alumni globally.

For preparing below set of essay questions you may also refer some Cornell MBA Essays.

Cornell Application Essays 2020-21

At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 words maximum)

This essay is an opportunity to present yourself as an individual. We encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help us to get to know you as a person and potential community member.

We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube, etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.

Maximum file size is 5 MB. If you choose to submit a written essay, please limit your submission to 350 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 3 minutes.

The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing ONE example of a life experience, achievement, or passion that will give us a sense of who you are as a potential community member.

Cornell Application Essays 2019-20

Essay 1: At Cornell, we value students who create impact. Please indicate the opportunities for impact that you’ve identified through engagement with our community and describe how what you learned has influenced your decision to apply to Johnson. (500 words)

Essay 2: The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing the experiences that will give us insight into your character, values, and interests. (500 words)

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Johnson Graduate School of Management Application Essays:

Cornell Johnson Essay 1: “Who you are” (300 word maximum): You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 300 words or less please write the table of contents for the book. Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

Cornell Johnson Essay 2: Who you turn out to be: Please answer the following three questions in abbreviated format. (Keep each answer in 150 words or less)

  • When did you decide that business school was the next step for you? (Was this an epiphany or an evolutionary process? What was the catalyst that caused you to consider this next step?)
  • Johnson values people that make things happen for themselves. Give an example of how you have initiated this for yourself.
  • Please describe your immediate post MBA career goals.

Cornell Johnson Optional Essay: Complete this essay if there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one (or more) aspect of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) does not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (400 words)

Cornell Johnson Re-applicant Essay: How did you strengthen your application since you last applied to the Johnson School? (400 words)

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