One-Year MBA

One-Year MBA Students

An accelerated MBA with immediate impact

Make a one-year investment in your career, and you’ll see the results right away. The combination of flexible curriculum, student leadership opportunities, course options in NYC and Ithaca, and a tight-knit community gives you all the benefits needed to fast-track your career trajectory.

What makes the Johnson One-Year MBA program different?

Its incredible speed to market. In one year, you’ll be on your way to career advancement with an Ivy League MBA—and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a residential MBA program in Ithaca.

Johnson’s full-time One-Year MBA program in Ithaca offers a sequenced, yet flexible, curriculum, which includes the option to take courses at Cornell Tech in New York City. You’ll not only learn foundational business principles but also skills related to the industry that makes the most sense for your career advancement as you choose electives.

Infographic: MBA from Cornell; Ithaca, NY; full time residential; 1 year, May to May

Part 1: Core curriculum

Summer semester

Complete Johnson’s core in integrated teams with students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program. Together you’ll take classes in financial accounting, critical thinking, strategy, data analytics, and more—it’s a 10-week crash course on business foundations complete with leadership training and a case competition.
Learn more about the One-Year core

One-year MBA students holding a certificate after winning a competition

Part 2: Electives and NYC weekend courses

Fall semester

Join students in the Two-Year MBA program as they begin their second year of study. Take electives across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and check out some weekend courses at Cornell Tech.
Learn more about elective offerings

Part 2B: Management Practicum

Fall semester

You’ll complete the Management Practicum course throughout the fall semester. In this course, unique to the One-Year MBA program, you’ll work on a real consulting project for a company, conducting interviews and data analysis as a team and then presenting your findings.
Learn more about the Management Practicum

Part 3: Immersions, NYC intensives, and more electives

Final, spring semester

One-Year MBAs are eligible to participate in some of the the Two-Year MBA immersion curriculum depending on their career goals. Immersion courses are led by business practitioners and Johnson’s research faculty who are at the top of their fields. Immersions focus in-depth on a particular career path and industry. You’ll also round out your electives during your last semester or choose to spend seven weeks at Cornell Tech for intensives in fintech or digital marketing.
Learn more about NYC intensives

MBA students climbing a rock wall during Ezra Games

What’s missing? An internship.

This is the one defining characteristic that separates the One-Year and Two-Year MBA programs. Career switchers, or those looking to move into a new industry, are not a good fit for this year-long, fast-paced program. If you’re looking to switch industries, consider the Two-Year MBA program, which allows for more career discovery and the hands-on experience associated with an internship.
Read the most recent One-Year Employment Report (pdf)

Infographic, 2017 career stats: $122,124 starting salary; $29,643 signing bonus; 33 companies hired graduates

A tight-knit (and dual-campus) community

One-Year MBAs have the opportunity to work with students in each of Johnson’s residential programs: Johnson Cornell Tech MBAs in the summer and the Two-Year MBA second years beginning in the fall. Weekend courses and intensives often reunite Tech and One-Year MBA students throughout the year in NYC, too. You’ll also have the chance to participate in, and lead, student events and organizations. And you will receive career guidance and leadership training specific to your program.

The bottom line is that collaboration and collegiality are essential components of the Cornell MBA experience. Our students are dedicated and hardworking (it’s the Ivy League, after all), but they’re also supportive and willing to lend a hand to their peers. Diversity of culture, thought, and experience is incredibly important—Johnson was one of the first top business schools to have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Students set ground rules and expectations as a group soon after they get to campus.

It’s clear: Here we know collective success is just as valuable as your next big promotion.

Students working in a breakout room at the Breazzano Family Center

Credit: @CornellMBA on Instagram

Ready to take the next step?

Admission requirements:

To be sure you are academically ready for this rigorous program, One-Year MBA applicants must hold a professional certification or advanced degree. You must have completed your advanced degree or certification by May 2019.

Eligible certifications and advanced degrees include, but are not limited to: chartered financial analyst, certified public accountant (CPA), Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants (UK and India), Society of Actuaries, project management (PMP), JD, MD, MEng, MHA, MPA, MEd, MA, MS, or PhD.
Check your eligibility here

Some One-Year MBA students are enrolled in one of several dual-degree programs at Cornell, which combine an MBA with another graduate degree. If you are enrolled in a dual degree, this will meet your advanced degree requirement.
Learn more about dual-degree options

Admissions quick links:

Important admissions dates for the One-Year MBA program:

  • Early Action: 9/10/2018 (Priority Review)
  • October Round: 10/10/2018
  • November Round: 11/15/2018
  • January Round: 1/3/2019
  • Rolling: 3/15/2019*
    • *After January 3rd, applications will be received and reviewed on a space-available basis with a final submission deadline of March 15, 2019.

Learn more: Full-time MBA Admissions

One-Year MBA Class of 2019 Profile


  • Enrolled: 69
  • Average age: 29
  • Women students: 46%
  • Underrepresented minorities: 18%
    (Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • U.S. minorities: 46%
    (Asian American, Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • Countries represented: 15
  • International students: 59%


  • Average GMAT: 690
  • GMAT range (middle 80%): 610–730
  • Average undergraduate GPA: 3.62
  • Average years of work experience: 5.6 
  • Average years of work experience (middle 80%): 2–9

Undergraduate majors

  • Business: 32%
  • Engineering: 22%
  • Social Science: 16%
  • Sciences: 13%
  • Humanities: 4%
  • Other: 13%

Prior industries

  • Consulting: 24%
  • Technology: 14%
  • Financial services: 13%
  • Healthcare: 13%
  • Manufacturing: 8%
  • Nonprofit: 1%
  • Other: 27%
    (includes energy, transportation, real estate, and more)