Application Timeline

Cornell Tech offers three application rounds. For best consideration, we strongly suggest you apply in round one.

The 2016-2017 application deadlines are as follows:
Round 1 - October 3, 2016
Round 2 - January 20, 2017
Round 3 - March 3, 2017

Scholarship Decision: All admitted candidates will be considered for a limited number of merit-based scholarships based on the strength of your admission application.

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.