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.

A Day in the Life of an MBA student at Johnson at Cornell

Chinese student Ada Chan takes us through her daily routine


Who should apply?

This one-year MBA program, with residency in Ithaca, NY, is designed for professionals with established careers who seek an MBA to advance into senior management roles or to lead a new venture. 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

details concentrations curriculum


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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