Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

  • How long is the program?

    Program duration is 20 months (with breaks), consisting of two semesters per year (fall and spring).

  • Where are classes held?

    Classes are held at the Weill Cornell Medicine campus in New York City. Each semester includes residential sessions designed for intensive, experiential learning. The fall residential sessions will be on Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, New York. The spring sessions will be held at a residential location in the New York City metropolitan area.

  • What is the tuition for the program?

    Tuition for students entering the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership in August 2017 is $148,696.

Admissions Processes

  • How do I apply?

    You can access the application through our website. You will be asked to create an account in order to start your application.

  • Is there an application fee?

    Yes. There is a $200 fee that is required before submitting your application.

  • When is the application deadline?

    The Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership has four application rounds per year. You can submit your application at any time before a round deadline. You are strongly encouraged to submit in earlier rounds, when the maximum number of class seats are available.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Partial scholarships may be available to qualified students. Please contact us at mbams@med.cornell.edu for additional details.

  • Can I submit my application for admission before my transcripts and letters of recommendation reach your offices?

    Yes, we will add your transcripts and recommendation letters to your application as they arrive. We will confirm receipt of all required materials once you submit.

  • Upon successful completion, what degrees are awarded?

    At the end of your studies, you will receive two degrees from Cornell University: a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson School and a Master of Science from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Admissions Requirements

  • How many years of work experience should an average applicant have?

    You should have a minimum of seven years of progressive work experience. The admissions committee may consider candidates with less, as other factors are taken into account, such as post-residency experience for physicians, and demonstrated career progress.

  • Is it possible to be admitted without an undergraduate degree?

    An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be admitted into our Executive MBA/MS program.

  • Do I need to be employed full-time to apply?

    Yes, you must be employed full-time at the time of enrollment.

  • Is the GMAT required for admission?

    The GMAT is not a required component of the application. In some cases, the admissions committee will ask a candidate to take the GMAT to provide additional evidence of academic readiness.

  • Is there a possibility of transferring programs/courses from other programs?

    Credits that have been earned to fulfill an academic requirement for a graduate degree, baccalaureate degree, advanced degree, or certificate of advanced studies at another institution are not transferable. For additional information, please contact mbams@med.cornell.edu.

Application for Admission

  • What materials need to accompany my application for admission?

    In addition to your online application, each application must include:

      • Submitted application
      • Résumé
      • Organizational chart (optional)
      • Four required essays
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions you’ve attended
      • $200 application fee
  • How do I improve my admissions essays?

    We encourage you to clearly and succinctly address each essay within the assigned word limitations. Our admissions team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the essays prior to submission.

  • How many letters of recommendation should be submitted on my behalf?

    Two letters of recommendation must be submitted on your behalf.

  • Who should I ask to submit a letter of recommendation?

    One of your letters must be from your immediate supervisor. Your second letter of recommendation should be written by someone who can best attest to your professional skill set. This might include a colleague, client, or former supervisor. We suggest that you choose recommenders who know you well and can provide detailed insights.

  • What specific topics should my recommenders highlight in their letters of recommendation?

    The best letters of recommendation will assess your intellectual strength and creativity, ability to work well in teams, potential for assuming greater management responsibility, and outstanding characteristics.

  • What information should be included within my organizational chart?

    While optional, organizational charts give our admissions-committee members an understanding of your organization’s structure and where your position fits within that structure. Please include your position as well as your direct reporting structure.

  • Where do I send my transcripts?

    Please send all transcripts to the following address:

    Executive MBA Admissions Office
    209 Dryden Rd. 4th Floor
    Ithaca, New York 14850

  • I’ve attended an undergraduate institution outside of the United States. Do my transcripts need to be evaluated and, if applicable, translated?

    Transcripts must be translated from an accredited body. We may also request an evaluation. Please contact mbams@med.cornell.edu to determine appropriate steps.

  • Do I need to provide transcripts from all academic institutions I’ve attended?

    Yes. You must provide transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions you’ve attended. We must have official documentation on record for all credits earned, including those transferred from institutions from which you did not graduate.

  • Is an interview required?
    An interview is required for admission. Candidates will be contacted if they are selected for an interview. Not all applicants will be granted interviews.

  • What does the interview process entail?

    Our interview process allows us to get to know you one-on-one. The admissions-committee members conducting your interview will have reviewed your application in its entirety before speaking with you. The conversation will last about an hour.

General Inquiries

  • How do I determine whether this program is right for me?
    We encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about the Executive MBA/MS. Our Admissions Office is also always available to answer questions at mbams@med.cornell.edu or 607-255-6444.