Johnson Graduate School of Management

Johnson at Cornell University MBA Admission Interviews is by invitation only. The admission team provide a variety of interview options namely campus visits, alumni interview in your country and Skype interviews.
Interview Conducted by AdCom, Alumni or Current Students (In some cases, AdCom and Current Student will be present in the interview)

Duration: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour and 30 minutes

Style of Interview: Pleasant to Formal by AdCom, and Aggressive to Formal by current Students/Alumni



1) Read your resume

Like any top MBA Admissions interview, interviewers at Johnson MBA will use the resume as the first point of reference. Make sure that your strengths and achievements are highlighted.  Download resume guide for reference. Read your resume several times so that you have a clear idea on how to articulate the projects, extra-curricular and other achievements.

2) Visit the Campus

You might think that this tip has nothing to do with the interview. But the Johnson MBA AdCom advises applicants to visit the campus and register for a class visit.  Your previous interactions with the AdCom team will help you ease your nerves when you meet them during the interview.  When you answer the why Johnson MBA question, the class visit will provide you with...

Cornell MBA Essay TipsCornell Johnson MBA Essays for 2014-15 have been released. For this year, the number of essays is two, with the second essay different for 1-year and 2-year Ithaca MBA Applicants. With the two essays, the AdCom wants to measure your creativity, uniqueness, motivation for MBA, and learn about your career goals.

Essay #1: For All Applicants: You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 2000 characters (including formatting characters) or less, please write the table of contents for the book.

Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

AdCom wants to learn more about you in a Table of Contents format. This is a unique question and for this essay, we would recommend that you do the following tasks:

1) Write down at least 15 major life events that have influenced you
2) Remove life events that are not relevant (anything that doesn’t offer a true representation of yourself)

Repeat the 2-Step process, until you get the final 15 major...

Cornell Johnson MBA Application Essays for 2014-15 have been released. There is one mandatory essay (2000 character or 1000-word limit) for all applicants. For 2-Year Ithaca applicant, there is a question about post-MBA job, and for the 1-Year Ithaca applicants, the question is how pre-MBA experience aligns with their post-MBA target jobs. In addition to the required questions, and the questions catering to the 1-year and 2-year MBA applicants, there is an optional essay question where applicants are asked to explain about their weaknesses: GMAT Score, GPA or other aspects of the application.

1) For All Applicants: You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 2000 characters (including formatting characters) or less, please write the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

2) 2-Year Ithaca applicants only:  What is the job that you would like to have immediately upon graduating with your MBA? (2000 character limit, including formatting characters).

3) 1-Year Ithaca applicants only:  How does your pre-MBA experience prepare you for the job...

Cornell Johnson MBA Employment ReportCornell Johnson MBA Employment report has been released. Employers find specialist more valuable than generalist. It is evident in the salary difference for Cornell Johnson 1-Year and 2-Year MBA programs.

The Cornell Johnson 1-Year MBA program is targeted for candidates with considerable years of experience, and those who are looking to make career progression with a management degree. For career switchers, significant time should be invested learning and applying new knowledge. This goal can be reached with a 2-Year MBA program.

The mean salary for 2-Year MBA program in 2012 was $106,100 whereas 1-Year MBA program led students to earn $113,720. Interestingly, the mean sign-in bonus for 1-year MBAs was $19,620, six thousand dollars less than what was offered to 2-year MBAs. On an average, both stream of MBAs earned between $132,000 and $133,000. But if you dive deep into the salary break up based on job function for each program, some interesting trends emerge.

For 2-Year MBA students, Finance was the most popular job function with 43% of the MBAs opting for this function, followed by Consulting (26%), and Marketing and Business development (13%).

Two year MBA - Application Deadlines

Round        Application Deadlines      Decision Notification     Deposit Deadline(s)

R1               Oct 02, 2013                       December 11, 2013          Jan 08,2014
R2               Dec 04, 2013                      Feb 05, 2014                     Mar 05, 2014
R3               Feb 12, 2014                       March 26, 2014                 April 16, 2014

Find deadlines for other...

Cornell Johnson MBAExperiential Learning is given added emphasis at Cornell University's Johnson School to the extent that it is known under a different name altogether - Performance Learning. Not only are students given opportunities for real life Business experiences, they must also perform, delivering results in these circumstances. Performance learning consists of 3 steps - learning theory, applying them to real-life situations and receiving constant feedback from experts.

Performance learning helps students prepare for the real world by making them familiar with applying frameworks and techniques, as well as working under tight deadlines, with new teams and dealing with feedback & objections. It also helps adapt to varying schedules, consumers, audiences, and priorities.

Let's take a look at the various performance learning experiences at Johnson.


For the 2-year MBA, students finish most of the core curriculum during the 1st semester itself. During the 2nd semester, students take a comprehensive immersion program that prepares them for the summer internships. The immersion program is completed over the semester and integrates classroom...

Scholarships from outside the school are available from many sources. There is some effort involved in securing outside funds. The key is to apply early. Private scholarships may be based on various selection criteria: academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnicity, memberships, civic activities, hobbies, or special talents. The Internet is a great resource for scholarship information.

FinAid http://www.finaid.org/

Fast Web http://www.fastweb.com/

Scholarship information is also available on-line from select sources, such as:

Financial Aid for Business Students http://www.businessschools.com/financial-aid/#Scholarships

The Little Family Foundation MBA Fellowship Award http://www.ja.org/programs/programs_schol_littl.shtml

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation http://www.aauw.org/

MBA/Master of Arts in Asian...

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