Application Timeline

                          Application Deadline Application Reviews & Interviews Decision Notification Enrollment Deposit Deadline
Round1* October 1, 2015 October 5 – 30, 2015 November 13, 2015 March 18, 2016
Round2** January 15, 2016 January 18 – February 19, 2016 February 29, 2016 March 18, 2016
Round3*** March 1, 2016 March 3 – 23, 2016 March 25, 2016 Within 1 week of decision notification

* Applicants admitted in Round 1 will be invited to Open Studio on December 11th and the spring lineup of  Conversations in the Studio.
** Applicants admitted in Round 2 will be invited to the remaining spring lineup of  Conversations in the Studio.
*** Applications submitted after Round 3 will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 1, 2016.

Scholarship Decision: Our program is primarily self-funded, but there are limited fellowship opportunities. All candidates are considered for these opportunities at the time of their application with the exception of applicants in Round 3.

Enrollment Decision: Admitted students must make one non-refundable tuition deposit of $5000 to guarantee a seat in a cohort.

The enrollment deposit allows the UNIVERSITY to:

  • Effectively plan for class offerings and student resources in preparation for your arrival
  • Process Financial Aid
  • Start the Visa process (international students ONLY)

The enrollment deposit allows YOU to:

  • Receive more information about housing and other opportunities offered to incoming students
  • Get your F-1 Student Visa (international students ONLY)
  • Receive your NetID (your key to the University) 

Interview Process

The interview process is two rounds and by invitation-only. The first round is a 20-minute phone interview. Shortly after that, you will be notified if you have been selected for an on-campus second round interview. We strongly encourage and prefer that you come to campus if invited for a second round. Additional information on when we offer the second round interviews and how to prepare will be communicated in the invitation.

Please note: if you are asked for a second round interview, we need your list of references, see the References section below for more information.

At the end of each batch, all submitted applications will receive a final decision. Final decisions are: Admitted, Denied, or Wait listed. If you have not received an invitation for a first round interview two weeks after you submit, the review committee is still reviewing your candidacy. We consistently review applications on an ongoing basis so we strongly encourage you to submit as soon as you are ready for your application to be reviewed.  

Application Requirements

To be considered, all applicants must provide the following in their 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.


Here at Cornell Tech, you will be part of an environment where creativity, technical depth and leadership share seats at the table. We value expressions of who you are and what you add to this formula. Please provide an example of your creativity, style, and technical depth by sending us a link to your work or providing a written sample. Your submission should highlight your personal experiences that demonstrate your creativity, leadership and technical abilities. In particular, feel free to elaborate on projects you have completed, their creative and technical aspects; any entrepreneurial or leadership experiences; your professional career goals; the benefits of being part of the tech ecosystem in New York City; and why the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA is for you. You may simply upload a Word or PDF document with an essay, or you may provide a link to any sort of media online. This may include videos, blogs, or any other multimedia expression you desire. 


For MBA candidates invited for a second interview, you will be asked to submit the contact details of two recommenders who are prepared to endorse your candidacy. You can do this before you officially submit an application or add this information within the application at a later time.

Please work with your recommenders on their preference on how they would like to make their official recommendation. They can select what is more convenient, whether it be by phone or submitting a letter on your behalf. If you choose to have your recommender submit a letter, they will receive an email once you complete and save the endorsement section. If you choose to have your recommender provide their endorsement over the phone, the admissions office will contact them after your second-round interview.

You are not required to submit recommendation letters to start the review process for your candidacy.

This information is only required if granted a second interview. It is recommended that you list two references who will be available to support your candidacy for ease of processing later in the application process.

You should select references who are familiar with your background and have an understanding of how you have positioned yourself to test your skills. 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 2015.

Application Fee

You must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $200 to complete your application. 

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.