Career Outcomes

Cornell Tech graduates pursue a variety of career paths upon graduation. Since 2015, on average 80% of all graduates sought full-time jobs, while the rest formed their own ventures, continued education or pursued other personal, non-degree related interests. Those seeking jobs maintained an average offer rate of nearly 100% year over year.

The majority of JCT MBAs pursued product management, product marketing, or consulting roles; technical programs’ graduates accepted roles as software developers, data scientists/data analysts, research scientists; a small number accepted business roles such as product managers or program managers. Employers across programs included mature companies and startups — e.g, ABinBev, Adobe, Amazon, Bloomberg, Cisco, Datadog, Facebook, Freewheel, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, Oscar Health, Opex Analytics, Pinterest, Verizon, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Wayfair, Yelp and others.

Effective November 2019, the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA is a STEM-designated degree for OPT applications by international students in the graduating class of 2020.

Prospective students should note that past employment rates are not predictive or indicative of future outcomes.

Highlights by Program


Johnson Cornell Tech MBA – 2015-2019

Since the inception of the program, the majority of Johnson Cornell Tech MBAs sought full-time employment upon graduation. 77% of 2019 class graduates sought full-time employment upon graduation with a small number of graduates pursuing their own ventures.

Bar-graph, Post Graduation Employment Statistics, (2015-2019). For 2019, 77% of students were job seekers, 8% of students were founders, and 15% of students took other paths; for 2018, 66% of students were job seekers, 15% of students were founders, and 19% of students took other paths; for 2017, 66% of students were job seekers, 10% of students were founders, and 24% of students took other paths; for 2016, 64% of students were job seekers, 17% of students were founders, and 19% of students took other paths; for 2015, 67% of students were job seekers, 13% of students were founders, and 20% of students took other paths.

Note: n- indicates the total number of JCT MBA graduates each year; Other paths graduates returning to their pre-MBA employer, pursuing fellowships and/or other personal, non-degree related interests or continuing their education (e.g., medical school). The above percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Since 2015, close to 100% of students seeking employment accepted their offers within 3 months of graduation. In the 2019 cohort, the employment rate among the job-seekers was 92% (4 graduates are actively seeking employment, 3 are international students).

Consistent with the past experience, nearly 90% of accepted jobs in the class of 2019 were with mature or startup tech companies in Product Manager, Product Marketer, Consultant, or Enterprise Sales capacity or in technical/digital capacities within non-tech sector companies. 

Johnson Cornell Tech MBAs benefit from the strong network of companies that have engaged with Cornell Tech over time. Examples of companies that hired 2019 graduates included Amazon, Amazon (Audible), BlackRock, Cap One, Cisco, Disney, E&Y, Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Verizon Innovation, Tata Consultancy Services, Zillow, Zola, and others.


Johnson Cornell Tech MBA 2019 Class Spotlight

Circle-chart; Jobs accepted by Industry 2019: 89% Technology and 11% ConsultingNote: Consulting indicates industry denomination; accepted roles were technology-centric rotational programs or product roles.

Circle-chart; Job Functions 2019: 61% Product Management/Technical Product Management and 39% Program Management/Enterprise Sales/Rotational Programs/Data Science


Post-Graduation Location

The majority of Johnson Cornell Tech MBA graduates stayed in New York City. To date, very few students chose to pursue employment or ventures outside of the US.

Bar-graph, Post Graduation Working Location, (2015-2019). For 2019: 55% worked in NYC and 45% worked elsewhere; for 2018: 68% worked in NYC and 32% worked elsewhere; for 2017, 26% worked in NYC and 74% worked elsewhere; for 2016, 67% worked in NYC and 33% did not; for 2015, 65% worked in NYC and 35% did not.

Note: The above numbers include all graduates in each cohort regardless of their post-graduation paths.

For the employment information on other Johnson MBA programs (in Ithaca), please refer to the Johnson Career Management site.



Median base salary for the class of 2019 was $135,000, and median sign-on bonus was $40,000. As most students accepted jobs with tech companies, a significant portion of the annual compensation is represented by equity, the value of which compresses salary relative to offers with no equity component.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Eleven students graduated from Cornell Techs LLM program in May 2017 (Class of 2017), and 9 students graduated in May 2018 (Class of 2018).

In the Class of 2017, 10 of the 11 graduates sought full time jobs; one graduate continued, as originally planned, to pursue his PhD degree.  Of the 10 students, 100% received offers of post-graduate employment (including internships) or chose to pursue their own start-up within nine months of graduation.

In the Class of 2018, 7 of the 9 graduates sought full time jobs; the remaining two continued their legal education in order to sit for the New York State Bar examination.  Of the 7 students, 6 have already received offers of post-graduate employment (including internships). One prepared for the New York State Bar examination in August, and is now seeking employment.

bar-graph, showing that in 2018, 78% of graduates sought employment after education, and 22% continued post-education


Employment offers to Tech LLMs have come from law firms, startup firms, and VC firms.  Law firm employers include Allen & Overy, Buhler Duggal & Henry, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Foley Hoag, Frankfurt Kurnit, McCarter & English, and Odell Girton Siegel.  Startup employers include ClassPass, Datalogue, FastCase, and KipIt.

circle-graph, showing that 100% of 2018 employment-seeking graduates were employed: 50% were in law-related fields and 50% to non-law related fields


To date, all but one graduate in the Class of 2017 has stayed in NYC; the one graduate not in NYC is pursuing a PhD degree.  Likewise, to date, all but one graduate in the Class of 2018 has stayed in NYC; the one graduate not in NYC is continuing his legal education at Cornell in Ithaca.

For Law School employment data, please refer to Cornell University Law School Career Services.