Johnson Welcomes Accelerated MBA Class of ‘13

5/7/2012 3:10:00 PM

Incoming class has largest share of women in the history of the 12-month MBA program

Sixty students begin work today on the challenging 12-month Accelerated MBA program at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. The Accelerated MBA offers Cornell’s MBA degree to scientists, engineers, technical specialists, and others with advanced quantitative skills, on an intensive one-year schedule.

Their 10-week summer term will cover orientation, core courses, leadership and professional development work. Remaining core courses are completed in the fall semester, along with a semester-long management practicum and a two-week internship. Electives are taken during the spring semester.

This AMBA class has the highest proportion of women of any class in the program’s 20-year history. More than 80 percent of the women who received offers of admission to the AMBA program accepted, compared with 50 percent one year earlier, for the class of 2012, said Laurie Shunney McCloskey, assistant director, admissions and financial aid.

“Our success this year results from several yield activities, including the JPALS program for matching alumni volunteers with accepted students, new interactive, live events organized by admissions and marketing, a fantastic group of student volunteers, and continued support from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion,” she said.

The incoming AMBA class also is diverse in country of origin and duel degrees sought. Students in the class of 2013 hail from 11 countries (U.S., UK, Taiwan, Singapore, India, China, France, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and Peru).  The class is 41 percent international, and includes three MD/MBAs (two of whom are from Cornell/Weill Medical College), 11 JD/MBAs, and 5 MBA/MEng students.