Academic Preparation

Recommended Reading

Core Accounting

The accounting faculty also makes the following suggestion for students with little to no background in accounting: Many students over the years have found it helpful to work through the first 6 parts of this “workbook” text: Essentials of Accounting by Anthony and Breitner (link to most recent edition on

Core Strategy

Our Core Strategy course has no required or optional textbook, however, when asked for a reading recommendation for new students, Professors Vrinda Kadiyali and Henry Schneider point to the book Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter as the best preparatory reading for their course.

Recommended Reading for All courses and students

All students should be reading The Wall Street Journal and other business publications such as the Financial Times, Fortune and Business Week on a regular basis; classes at Johnson often refer heavily to the daily business press and a working knowledge of major events and activities in business and finance is necessary for all students.

Full text of The Wall Street Journal is available through the Cornell Library once you have received and activated your Cornell Net ID.  The Management Library has provided this screen-capture to demonstrate how to navigate to the Journal.

Core Course Exemption Information

It is possible for incoming students to exempt some core courses.  Exemption processes and information differ for each course, but many hold exemption exams during MBA Orientation in August.  Review core course exemption information online now and exam dates will be published with the Orientation schedule.