Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Founded in 1946, Johnson is small and highly selective. This allows the school to maintain a school community that is smart, intense, and warmly collaborative. Teamwork is one of the school’s hallmarks. Students work closely with each other, the faculty, and alumni, and graduate ready to hit the ground running. Teams consist of students with different specializations to encourage multiple points of view. They work together to address hypothetical problems, improving the students’ abilities to work with others, and allowing students to see business as a team process.

One thing that differentiates Johnson from other MBA programs is its immersion program in which everything that the student does or experiences – including classes, professors, speakers, and field trips – is directly related to a specific area of business. Students can choose to immerse themselves in investment banking, sustainable global enterprise, capital markets, and more. The school also has a very strong brand program. Every year top companies recruit Johnson’s brand students – and some years every brand student has received multiple offers.

Johnson provides more international business learning opportunities than many larger business schools. The Program for International Business Education offers a wide variety of international business courses, spanning from multinational corporations to small entrepreneurial firms. The Johnson School’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise sponsors courses centered on global sustainability, some of which include international travel or have projects where you will gain first-hand experience focusing on global businesses.

Applicants must have strong academics and proven leadership skills. Admissions officers want to see a track record of success in all areas of an applicant’s life – professional, academic, and personal. They are also seeking students with a clear desire to learn and grow. This means you must have the willingness and ability to collaborate with others, be open to the many other cultures and ideas that make up today’s global community.

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Admissions Criteria

Student Body

Contact Information

Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management

Sage Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (800) 847 – 2082


Application Deadlines*

Deadline Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Application deadline Oct 08 Nov 05 Jan 08 Apr 08
Decision Notification Dec 20 Feb 20 Apr 10 June 01

 * Deadlines are for the 2019-2020 application season.

Applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Admissions Criteria

Number enrolled: 280

Average undergrad GPA: 3.41

Average GMAT: 699

Average work experience (years): 5

Student Body

Women: 33%

Minorities: 32%

International: 27%

Average age: 28