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Johnson MBA at Cornell Tech

The three-semester MBA program from Johnson at Cornell Tech combines the best of both worlds — a summer in Ithaca, NY for the first semester and a fast-paced New York City experience for the remaining two semesters.

Your summer begins with an intensive 10-week term that includes orientation, core business courses, leadership training, innovation and entrepreneurial work, and professional development work. A cross-disciplinary approach at Cornell Tech brings the best of Cornell's technical, entrepreneurial and innovation courses into one focused program.  

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Program Requirements

During your summer in Ithaca, you will:

  • Study the foundations of business
  • Interact with Ithaca-based faculty, staff and students
  • Develop networking skills and strategies
  • Begin innovation and entrepreneurial thinking/content
  • Learn skills related to functioning in a business team setting
  • Prepare to work effectively on live projects at tech companies in NYC

You will then relocate to New York City where for the remaining 9 months, where you will:

  • Follow modular coursework designed to accelerate learning
  • Be exposed to multi-disciplinary learning within the Cornell Tech ecosystem
  • Experience an overseas study trip
  • Participate in innovation boot-camps
  • Put coursework into practice through projects with NYC tech companies
Admissions Timeline

The Fall 2014 admissions timeline is as follows:


  • August 1: applications accepted


  • September 1: initial read of all August applicants  
  • September 16: first round interviews completed
  • September 30: second round interviews completed; applicants will be notified of final decision by October 7


  • October 1: initial read of all September applicants 
  • October 14: first round interviews completed
  • October 31: second round interviews completed; applicants will be notified of final decision by November 7 


  • November 1: initial read of all October applicants
  • November 11: first round interviews completed
  • November 29: second round interviews completed; applicants will be notified of final decision by December 6

**The Spring 2014 inaugural class will be kept intentionally small, with fewer than 40 students. While this program has a rolling admissions calendar, we expect the class to be closed by the end of February 2014. This program will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and full and partial scholarships will be automatically awarded in the same manner.**


  • January 1: initial read of all November & December applicants
  • January 13: first round interviews completed
  • January 31: second round interviews completed; applicants will be notified of final decision by February 7


  • February 1: initial read of all January applicants
  • February 10: first round interviews completed
  • February 28: second round interviews completed; applicants will be notified of final decision by March 1


We will accept late applications until March 1, 2014 and will review them on a rolling basis.  Applicants looking to reserve their seat will have one week to make their $5,000 tuition deposit if made an offer of admission.  Admitted student will also need to immediately begin flex coursework.

Application Requirements

To be considered, you must provide the following in your online application:

Résumé or LinkedIn Professional Profile

You can upload your updated LinkedIn profile in lieu of submitting a résumé or by completing the employment and education sections within the application. The LinkedIn upload will auto-populate the employment and education information listed within your online professional profile. 

Please note that whatever method you choose, this must be the most current and relevant information regarding all post-bachelor's degree employment and education. You may also upload additional information included on LinkedIn (such as recommendations) as part of your candidacy. 


As the only MBA program not housed in a business school, we know our students will be different. Our formula for the inaugural One-Year MBA class at Cornell Tech is to create a cutting-edge startup built on a foundation of academic excellence, with a splash of creativity. You will be part of an innovative environment where creativity, technical sophistication, and sharp business sense share seats at the table. We value expressions of who you are and what you add to this formula.

There are three ways to demonstrate how you fit within this dynamic setting. You must select one of the following as part of your application, demonstrating your creativity, style and technical experience:

  • send a link to your work
  • upload a video
  • provide a written sample 


You may send a letter of endorsement in support of your candidacy to before you formally submit your application.  Later in the application process, we will ask you to provide us with a list of your references.

If invited for a second round interview, you will be asked to provide a list of three or four people who are familiar with your professional experience, ethical judgment, and work ethic. You must complete a worksheet with reference names, contact details, and their relationship to you. Your references will have the option to provide their recommendation via phone call (10-15 minutes, scheduled at their convenience) or they may complete our recommendation template. The candidate must indicate on the recommendation worksheet how their reference will complete the recommendation. 

You should select references who are familiar with your work experience and achievements and are willing to recommend your candidacy for this program. Consider asking a current or former manager, supervisor, or client. You may include no more than one peer as a reference.

Test Scores

Either the GRE or the GMAT is required for admission to the Cornell Tech MBA. All official test scores should be reported directly to the Johnson School.


Transcripts from each previously attended college or university are required and must be listed either in your LinkedIn profile, résumé, or online application. If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript directly to Johnson prior to matriculation in May 2014.

Application Fee

You must submit a non-refundable application fee of $200 to complete your application. 


Successful applicants will demonstrate academic excellence and the capacity to communicate clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems. As a candidate in the One-Year MBA at Cornell Tech, you will need a core competency in a tech field, a mindset of lifelong learning, and the ability to leverage new knowledge relative to the rate of innovation. 

A bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BE) in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related technical field is required except in exceptional cases (see FAQ for more information). All applicants, regardless of their undergraduate degree, will need to fit within the entrepreneurial and innovation-driven mission of the campus.


Tuition and Fees

2014-2015 Tuition

Tuition covers three semesters and although not yet determined, applicants should expect tuition for this 60-credit program to be similar in cost to our One-Year MBA offered in Ithaca, NY. Students should anticipate annual increases in tuition and fees. 

Although we make every effort to inform students of changes in advance, the amount, time, and manner of payment of tuition, fees, or other charges may be changed at any time without notice. Average tuition increase per academic year is 3-5%.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Substantial scholarships will be awarded to superior candidates. You do not need to apply for a scholarship; any such award will be included with an offer of admission. Financial planning is important to make sure that you are financially ready to take on the costs associated with attendance. 

Please visit our website for more information about financial aid: 


International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, you must provide a certified English translation of transcripts (if the original language is not English), in addition to the application requirements described here.

As an international applicant, you’re expected to have received a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics or a related technical field from a college or university of recognized standing.

You must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language. An English language exam score report is required if your native language is not English. Accepted exams are TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English. 

The TOEFL requirement may be waived if you meet at least one of these criteria:

  • You are a native citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). If you are a citizen of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore, you are not exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  • You studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to the Cornell Tech MBA and another one of Johnson’s residential MBA programs, e.g., the One-Year MBA in Ithaca or Two-Year MBA program? 

No. You must select the program that meets your educational and professional goals. To be a successful candidate for the Cornell Tech MBA, you will clearly identify how you match with the digital economy oriented mission of the campus.

Can I simultaneously apply to both the M.Eng. in Computer Science and MBA program at Cornell Tech?

No. It is important that you identify whether you are seeking to advance in a technically driven or in a business-oriented function. Either way, you benefit from learning in this shared environment. 

How can I know if I meet the prerequisite standards for Cornell Tech?

Cornell Tech is founded on the mission to link entrepreneurs and the new digital economy within the tech ecosystem of New York City. You must show a demonstrated passion for this mission through your previous academic and/or professional experience.

What should I do if I have demonstrative experience but didn’t take courses or major in a technical field?

We value work experience and realize that you may have gained experience in prerequisite subjects outside of the classroom. In that case, you should outline and demonstrate your experience in your résumé and/or professional profile. If you don’t have demonstrative experience, you should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related technical field. 

Will you accept GRE and GMAT scores that are five years old?

Your GRE and GMAT scores must be valid on the day that you submit your application. GRE and GMAT scores are only valid for five years. 

Is the degree offered at Cornell Tech the same degree earned in Ithaca, NY?

Yes. Graduates from Johnson’s five MBA programs earn a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, but the focus, requirements, and location of the programs are different. Cornell Tech students experience a mix of technical material, business know-how, and practical engagement with companies and nonprofits. 

Does Cornell Tech have housing available for students?

Housing options are still being negotiated for the summer semester in Ithaca, NY.

A limited number of furnished multi-bedroom apartments are available for students to share in New York City. These apartments are leased to Cornell and students are charged by Cornell. We do not have family housing available at this time (e.g., spouses or domestic partners). You are expected to arrange your own living accommodations.

What is the total cost of attendance for the Cornell Tech MBA?

The total cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 academic year is yet to be determined. Please anticipate a total tuition cost similar to our One-Year MBA offered in Ithaca, NY. Students should anticipate annual increases in tuition and fees. Although we make every effort to inform students of changes in advance, the amount, time, and manner of payment of tuition, fees, or other charges may be changed at any time without notice. Average tuition increase per academic year is 3-5%.

Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Superior MBA candidates will be considered for substantial scholarship at the time of their applications. Federal and private loans may be available for qualified candidates. For more information on loans, please visit Johnson’s Office of Financial Aid.

Will my ability to finance my studies impact my chances of admission?

Our admissions process is blind to your financial circumstances. As noted in the Tuition and Fees section, it is your responsibility to secure the needed financial resources.

Can I visit the campus when I’m in New York City?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it. Please email to arrange a visit. We’ll be happy to show you around and we will do our best to have you sit in on a class if you’re interested.

Can I visit the Ithaca campus if I am applying for the Cornell Tech MBA?

Yes. You can schedule a visit that includes sitting in on a class, a tour of Sage Hall, and an information session with current students (lunch provided). We strongly encourage visitors on Thursdays so you can also experience the network at Johnson for one of our weekly Sage Socials. Please see our calendar for more details:

Where can I meet Johnson admissions officers for more information?

Our admissions team travels the world to meet with new candidates for our residential MBA programs. Please visit and select the “Attend an Admissions Event” button. 

Could the program be done in a low-residency format so I wouldn’t have to relocate?

No. The Cornell Tech MBA is intensive and designed to be completed in one academic year on a full-time, residential basis. 

What are my chances of being accepted?

Successful candidates will be technically adept, innovative, creative, cutting-edge individuals ready to act on and explore robust ideas that will test their passions. The Cornell Tech MBA is the intersection of business and the digital economy; admitted students will demonstrate their potential to leverage this intersection for advancements in organizational innovation. 

Do you expect that most students will have Cornell undergraduate degrees?

No. Cornell explicitly intends for this program to be diverse and balanced. Our admissions process is designed to select students based on proven talent and degree of match with the unique mission and vision of Cornell Tech.

Is prior work experience required to apply?

Yes. It is imperative that you demonstrate your professional experience and readiness. The perfect blend of technical know-how and business acumen is essential for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. If you do not have prior work experience but still can demonstrate your fit within the Cornell Tech mission, please contact our Program Manager, Jenna Abbott, at

Can I submit my application first and send supplemental documents later?

No. All materials including your “creativity” should be uploaded directly to the application. An application is not considered submitted until the application fee has been paid. Only submitted applications will begin the review process.

How will I be notified of the admissions committee’s decision?

Admissions are handled directly through our Admissions office in Ithaca, NY. You will be notified of their decision via email and the online portal.

My application to the Cornell Tech MBA was rejected. Can I re-apply?

If you are refused admission or you declined a previous offer, you may re-apply in the future through the online application. You should plan to submit new supporting materials to be considered for admission. Feel free to contact Jenna Abbott at for tips on how you can improve your application.

I was accepted into the program but I would like to defer my admission to another year. Is this possible?

Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis and reviewed by the admissions committee. Typically, deferrals are only granted if you are pursuing an opportunity that would significantly enhance your experience when you do matriculate. If your request for deferral is denied, you will need to reapply to be considered in the future.

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If we didn’t answer your question above, send it to If you would like to speak with someone, please contact the Program Manager, Jenna Abbott, at 607-255-4660, or email her at

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