Frequently Asked Questions About the One-Year MBA program

Q: Is your One-Year MBA recognized as equivalent to a two-year MBA?

A: Yes. In fact, we offer four ways to earn a Cornell MBA. The differences among our MBA programs reflect the varying backgrounds and needs of the students. All result in a rigorous general management education that prepares MBAs for leadership roles.

Q: Are students in the One-Year MBA program isolated from other MBA students?

A: No. Students in our one-year and two-year Ithaca-based MBA programs take classes together and work closely together on a variety of projects. One of the distinctions of Johnson is our focus on teamwork and collaboration.

Q: Will I have a choice of Immersion Learning programs as a One-Year MBA student?

A: One-Year MBA students are eligible to participate in the Strategic Marketing Immersion, Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion, or Managerial Finance Immersion. One-Year MBA students can also take most elective courses that are included within the remainder of the Immersion Program for two-year residential students. These courses and immersions provide students with in-depth industry expertise, and make them particularly strong candidates for full-time positions in their chosen fields.

Q: I'm planning to make a major career change. Will your One-Year MBA program give me what I need to do so?

A: If you intend to make a significant career change—particularly to a field that requires a depth of specific knowledge and experience—you may want to consider the two-year MBA. The immersions and additional electives offer opportunities for more intense specialization.

Q: How do your One-Year MBAs fare in the job market?

A: Extremely well! Our One-Year MBAs have an exceptional track record of offers—100% of those seeking jobs received offers in 2007—with lucrative salaries and signing bonuses.

Q: Can I start in January?

A: No. The one-year One-Year MBA curriculum is a carefully structured learning sequence. It begins in May and ends in graduation the following May.