Two-year MBA

Two-Year MBA

Two campuses, one community

Turn ambition into impact with tailored curriculum, a unique set of Ithaca and NYC course options, and a community of faculty, staff, peers, and friends who have your back.

What makes the Johnson Two-Year MBA program different?

Its tight-knit community, one-of-a-kind curriculum, and dual-campus approach. You’ll be prepared to hit the ground running and stand out among your colleagues—first during your internship and then again as you begin your new career.

Johnson’s full-time Two-Year MBA program features one-of-a-kind curriculum, with fully integrated leadership development components and the opportunity to take advantage of programming offered in partnership with Cornell Tech in New York City. With Johnson’s unique Two-Year MBA immersion learning approach, you’ll be able to focus your studies on an industry of your choice in your first year—you’ll learn more, sooner. Whether you’re a career enhancer or career switcher, you’ll chart a path that will lead you to make the biggest impact.

Part 1: Core curriculum

First semester

Work with your core teams and participate in leadership activities while tackling subjects like finance, marketing, and strategy—teamwork, leadership, and feedback are seamlessly integrated.
Learn more about core courses

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Part 2: Immersions

Second semester

Dive in with one of eight immersion options, a defining characteristic of the Two-Year program. These courses and their accompanying projects and cases are based in a specific career path and industry. Learn from Johnson’s outstanding faculty and leading practitioners.
Learn more about immersions

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Part 3: Internships


Complete an internship. All Two-Year MBA programs feature an internship component, so what makes Johnson’s different? Your immersion will prepare you far more than your colleagues. You’ll hit the ground running, perform well, and be more likely to receive full-time employment.
Learn more from the Career Management Center

Infographic, summer 2017 internships stats: 99.6% of students seeking summer internships reported acceptances; $8,764 base monthly salary; 91% employed in the United States

Part 4: Electives, co-curricular activities, and NYC weekend courses

Third semester

Take what you’ve learned from your internship and use electives to fill in the gaps during your final year. You’ll have access to more than 120 electives across a wide range of concentrations at Johnson, plus electives across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and the rest of Cornell University, along with the option to take weekend courses at Cornell Tech. Round out your experience by participating in, and leading, one (or more) of Johnson’s 80+ professional, regional, and diversity clubs.
Learn more about electives

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Part 5: More electives and co-curricular options

Final semester

Many MBAs choose to spend half of their final semester in New York City to take intensives in fintech or digital marketing. You’ll also complete any remaining electives as you prepare for your full-time job. Make your final course selections in areas such as communication, entrepreneurship, family business, management, marketing, economics, brand management, consulting, finance, ethics, technology product management, and so much more.
Learn more about NYC intensives

Throughout your time in the Two-Year MBA program, add international treks, leadership expeditions, student organizations and leadership, and lots of interaction with alumni who can offer guidance and advice. You’ll be in good company.

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A mid-size class means big-time community

Group of students holding a large #CornellMBA sign

Credit: @judi_byers on Instagram

While many MBA programs are known for their cut-throat, competitive environment, this is not the case at Johnson. 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.

Teamwork is an essential part of the Cornell MBA experience. But our community goes beyond that. Second years act as coaches to the first years. Faculty get to know the people in their classes. Diversity of culture, thought, and experience is of the utmost importance—Johnson was one of the first top business schools to have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Students set ground rules for interacting with each other and define expectations on the earliest days of preterm.

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

Board of index cards under a banner: Johnson MBA Class of 2020 building our community from day one

Credit: @judi_byers on Instagram

Ready to take the next step?

Admissions quick links:

Important admissions dates for the Two-Year MBA program:

  • October Round: 10/10/2018
  • November Round: 11/15/2018
  • January Round: 1/3/2019
  • April Round: 4/10/2019

Learn more: Full-time MBA Admissions

Two-Year MBA Class of 2020 Profile


  • Enrolled: 280
  • Average age: 28
  • Women students: 33%
  • Underrepresented minorities: 15%
    (Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • U.S. minorities: 32%
    (Asian American, Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • Countries represented: 40
  • International students: 27%
  • U.S. military veterans: 7%


  • Average GMAT: 699
    GMAT range (middle 80%): 650–740
  • Average undergraduate GPA: 3.41
  • Average years of work experience: 5
    Average years of work experience (middle 80%): 3–8

Undergraduate majors

  • Business: 29%
  • Engineering: 20%
  • Social science: 21%
  • Sciences: 10%
  • Humanities: 10%
  • Others: 10%

Prior industries

  • Financial services: 23%
  • Consulting: 17%
  • Manufacturing: 5%
  • Technology: 6%
  • Nonprofit: 3%
  • Healthcare: 5%
  • Others: 41%
    (includes energy, transportation, real estate, and more)