Program Format

A weekend program to meet the needs of busy professionals

The Cornell Executive MBA Program is organized into four terms. Each term begins with a week in residence on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The remaining classes meet every other weekend in Metro NY. Graduates earn the internationally recognized Cornell University MBA degree in 22 months.

Weeks in Residence

Over the course of the program, students spend four weeks on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY. These weeks are an invaluable addition to the program experience. Designed for intensive coursework, residence weeks provide a unique opportunity for close and personal interaction with faculty and classmates. During these weeks, our Executive MBA students experience the Cornell campus. Activities vary by season and include participating in Cornell Outdoor Education, attending a hockey or basketball game, touring the campus, and visiting local Finger Lakes wineries and parks.

Accommodations on or near campus are also included within the program tuition.

Class Weekends

Following each week in residence, the program meets every other weekend in Palisades, New York. Weekend classes run all day Saturday and until noon on Sunday. There are no Friday class sessions. Saturday night accommodations and meals are included in the program tuition.

Typical weekends include classes, review sessions, team meetings, and networking. On selected weekends, the program brings in special guest speakers. The Career Management Center frequently conducts programming on-site.

The class weekends are held at HNA Palisades, a full-service facility located on over 100 acres in Palisades, New York. It features versatile classroom and meeting space, as well as over 200 guest rooms, dining, and fitness facilities. The program provides round-trip shuttle service between Manhattan and Palisades.


Dana Cole

“The campus style setting is ideal for fostering an exchange of ideas and experiences to enhance learning outside the classroom and, more importantly, has helped me form stronger bonds with my classmates.” Learn more

Dana Cole, Executive MBA Metro NY '16
Region Manager, East at Sika USA