Imagine pursuing your MBA in one of the most diverse cohorts in the business education world. Now imagine being able to maintain your current job while taking weekend classes within driving distance of your home. Johnson at Cornell University and Queen’s School of Business in Canada, two of North America’s premier business schools, have run this partnership since 2004 and offer dual degrees through the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program.
“The reason I chose this program is that I can get an MBA in 16 months without the hassle of interrupting my work schedule and quickly apply what I’m learning to my workplace,” said Nicholas Ptacek, MBA 15’, state director of Family Insight, P.C. “It may be a lot of work, but it’s worth it to have a degree from a high-caliber school that will help to advance me in my career.”
Far from being an online program, Cornell-Queen’s students meet face-to-face in well-appointed boardrooms, interact with students in other cities in a real-time broadcast, and pose questions to professors with the click of a button. Each boardroom is equipped with state-of-the-art cameras, sound systems, and dialogue boxes. “It’s that simple and it’s that immediate,” said Maria Berardo, MBA ’15, senior HR manager at Microsoft. “When I press the button, the camera turns to videotape me so that the professor and all the students in other boardrooms can hear and see me. It makes the learning highly interactive and really keeps your attention.”
This unique approach clearly sets the Cornell-Queen’s MBA program apart from its competitors. No one else in the market is providing this kind of high-quality weekend offering, which includes residential components in Ithaca, N.Y., and Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Walk into any one of the 22 boardrooms across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Colombia, and you will find students deeply engaged with their classmates, working through complex problem solving and team-based learning. In one corner, student executives are from Google, Microsoft, and Juniper. In another corner, they represent JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Chase.
“You can’t get this kind of geographic and industry diversity just anywhere,” said Morgan Burrows, MBA ’15, demand manager at Corning, Inc. “This program really gives you the latest tools you need to stay ahead in the business world.”
The final project for students involves a “global business project,” for which teams engage in real issues facing international businesses. They conduct field research abroad and present a final report.
“Working with companies to solve real problems gives you the experience to succeed in your own work,” said Justin Thormodsgard, MBA ’15, a contractor with Deloitte Consulting.
The network of peers, professors and business leaders gives students lasting benefits and connections they can take anywhere.
“I know that I can pick up the phone and call any of my classmates across the country and gain the advice I need,” said Raymond Touomou, MBA ’15 site monitor at Bristol-Meyers Squibb. “This kind of network is invaluable.”