Program Format

The Cornell Executive MBA is divided into four terms of approximately equal length.

Each term begins with a week in residence on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. Following each of the four residence weeks, classes meet on alternate weekends (Saturday morning until Sunday noon) at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center near New York City. Graduates earn the internationally recognized Cornell MBA degree in 22 months.

Residential sessions

Each of the four terms starts with a residence week on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, providing an invaluable addition to the program's alternate weekend meetings. Designed for intensive course work, the residence weeks provide a unique opportunity for close and personal interaction with faculty and classmates.

While on the Cornell campus for the residence weeks, you will attend classes in Sage Hall, a recently renovated Victorian landmark that provides sophisticated technology in a unique educational setting. You will stay at the Statler Hotel, managed by Cornell's internationally known School of Hotel Administration.

Alternate weekend classes

Following each residence week, the program meets on alternate weekends at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center near New York City. Typical weekends include classes, review sessions, occasional guest speakers, and group and social interaction. For all students, class weekends include a Saturday night stay at the Conference Center, all meals, and breaks. 

The IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, strategically located on a secluded site of more than 100 acres, is less than 15 miles from Manhattan and within 30 miles of New York City and area airports. The program provides round-trip shuttle service between Manhattan and Palisades on class weekends. Combining the most advanced conference and meeting technologies and offering more than 200 guest rooms, IBM Palisades provides the ideal setting for Cornell's Executive MBA Program. Classes meet in state-of-the-art classrooms. Other facilities include a gourmet restaurant, excellent fitness facilities (including an indoor lap pool and outdoor running trails), lounge and recreation areas, and full hotel services.