One-Year MBA

This intense program builds on your experience with new business skills and management knowledge that will propel your career forward.

By integrating with 2YR MBA students, this program provides an influx of new study partners and work experiences to incorporate in your personal network.

The One-year MBA at Cornell University is designed for established professionals who are preparing for leadership roles or who want to minimize time away from work and accelerate their careers. The general business curriculum is delivered in just 12 months (May to May), so this is a particularly rigorous fast-track program saving you time and money. The program minimizes career disruption while delivering an ideal blend of lockstep core courses and custom-tailored electives.

The accelerated format encapsulates a Two-year MBA experience into one year beginning with core courses during the summer semester that provide foundational knowledge you’ll need for leadership roles. The fall semester features a Management Practicum that provides an experience similar to an internship. In this three-credit, performance-learning course, students form consulting teams to address a complex challenge presented by predominantly Fortune 500 companies.

Numerous electives allow you to explore your interests through Johnson business courses, as well as through courses from Cornell’s other graduate schools. In your spring semester you can participate in an immersion program and add breadth and depth to your MBA experience with one or more of our concentrations. In most of your courses, you’ll be learning alongside students from our Two-year MBA and Johnson Cornell Tech programs, for a truly collaborative experience.

Johnson boasts a family-friendly climate in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, Ithaca, NY. Students, spouses/partners and children experience a genuine sense of belonging and are warmly welcomed as important members of our community.

Who should apply?

Professionals with significant experience and advanced degrees or certifications (listed below) are eligible to apply. Professional certifications and/or advanced degrees may be awarded credits at the start of the program.

Certifications eligible for credit include:

  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants (U.K. and India version of CPA)
  • Society of Actuaries
  • Project Management Institute (PMP)

Advanced degrees eligible for credit include, but are not limited to:

  • J.D.
  • M.D.
  • MEng
  • MHA
  • MPA
  • MEd
  • M.A.
  • M.S.
  • PhD

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Program format

Key features of the one-year MBA in Ithaca include:

  • Begins and ends in May. A 10-week summer term for orientation, core courses, leadership and professional development work with other one-year candidates
  • All remaining courses/electives feature a mix of one- and two-year classmates
  • A semester-long management practicum featuring real business projects
  • Performance learning experience for hands-on application of learning
  • Residency in Ithaca offers access to a full range of Johnson and Cornell academic resources
  • Lifelong relationships forged in the tight-knit Johnson community
  • Exceptional opportunity to pursue a wide variety of electives

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Immersion Learning

Our unique immersion program is an intense, hands-on semester in a specific industry or career interest. The experience combines

  • integrated cutting-edge coursework and fieldwork
  • outstanding faculty
  • coaching by leading business practitioners
  • problem solving under actual business conditions
  • optional consulting focus

Other schools may tout similar programs, but they don’t come close to ours.

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