Cornell University: Johnson Cornell Tech MBA

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program is based at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. This STEM-designated, one-year program is designed to transform tech-focused individuals into business leaders and entrepreneurs. MBA students work on interdisciplinary teams with other graduate students in engineering, law, operations, research, and computer science to produce visionary ideas and solutions grounded in significant societal challenges. Students are surrounded by a rapidly expanding tech environment and have frequent interactions with industry leaders, startup founders, and venture capitalists.

  • Summer semester: 10 weeks of required core courses focused on business fundamentals—work on integrated teams with students in Johnson’s One-Year, Ithaca-based MBA program on Cornell University’s upstate New York campus

  • Fall semester: Move to New York City and take program-based courses like entrepreneurial finance, design thinking, digital marketing, and more, and work on interdisciplinary, team-based Studio courses with hands-on tech projects

Spring semester: The opportunity to participate in an international trek is followed by program courses like sales and business development, managerial decision making, and negotiations; continue working in teams for Studio courses and projects—create a startup idea or learn how to build, scale, and innovate in a complex environment.


Successful applicants to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program have digital expertise and/or knowledge of the tech industry that is grounded in years of full-time experience. While desirable, a background in science, engineering, technology, or coding languages is not required for admission. Prospective students who could be a good fit have a passion for technology, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a collaborative attitude.

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA application deadlines:


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After completing their 10-week summer core at Cornell’s Ithaca campus, students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program take residence on Roosevelt Island in New York City where Cornell Tech opened in 2017. Students generally live in The House, a residential building on the island, and often interact with high-level tech executives during intimate Conversations in Studio. Surrounded by state-of-the-art facilities and immersed in technology, students work with a small cohort to bring ideas to life.

Students benefit from the immersive interactions with tech companies and startups. They participate in on-campus “blitz interviews” and work with Cornell Tech’s Career Management Center to navigate opportunities and offers within the tech space. Students expand their networks within the tech ecosystem by listening to prospective employers, experienced entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who come to Cornell Tech for “tech talks” instead of traditional recruiting presentations.


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The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, a school within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, delivers business education that empowers students to turn ambition into impact. Johnson’s defining attributes—it’s tight-knit community, emphasis on leadership, and focus on immersive, experiential learning—are reflected across its programs, which include three STEM-designated residential MBAs, four executive MBAs, two MPS programs, seven dual-degree options, and a PhD.

Johnson’s powerful network spans the globe and includes diverse students, world-renowned faculty, and 19,000+ alumni who consistently push traditional boundaries to shape the business landscape and make a positive impact.


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Location: Ithaca, New York and New York City

Program duration: One year

Program format: Full-time, residential


Enrolled: 48

Average age: 29

Women students: 40%

Underrepresented Minorities: 10%

International students: 35%

Average GMAT: 701

Average years of work experience: 5


Enrolled: 48

Average age: 29

Women students: 40%

Underrepresented Minorities: 10%

Military: N/A

Domestic: 65%

International: 35%

Countries Represented: 11

International students: 35%

Average GMAT: 701

GMAT range: 648 - 740

Average undergraduate GPA: 3.5

Average years of work experience: 5