Investment Banking at Johnson


Think quickly. Be decisive. Make financial moves with confidence.

Investment bankers and asset managers intimately understand financial markets. They pitch stocks, master M&As and LBOs, and have a passion for making deals.

If you’re interested in financial markets, you can choose to study investment banking or investment research and asset management through a number of paths at Johnson. Learn how to quickly formulate recommendations based on limited information, exercise ethical decision-making, and communicate with clients.

Ciara Chen

“As I am transitioning to finance, I am aware that Johnson has a strong reputation in finance, with a solid alumni base in investment banks and the corporate world...In 10 years, I see myself as a team leader in an investment bank or in the investment and/or strategy division of an emerging company.” Read More

Ciara Chen, Two-Year MBA ’21
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Hands-on experiences and unmatched networks

Immerse yourself in financial markets and learn from investment professionals—you’ll find opportunities at every turn.

As you plan your next career move at Johnson, you can dive into banking transactions, pitch stocks and defend portfolios, and learn leadership skills that will help you shape the future of Wall Street. Here are some examples.

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Investment Portfolio Case Competition

In this intercollegiate MBA competition, you’ll present a portfolio analysis and recommendation to a panel of executives and have plenty of opportunities to network with sponsoring firms.

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Investment Banking Immersion

Focus an entire semester on investment banking. Through courses, cases, and pitches, you’ll analyze landmark transactions, get advice from senior clients, and receive coaching from top bankers.

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Women in Investing Conference

WIN hosts two national conferences: one for MBAs and another for undergraduates. Hear from distinguished women in investing, network with firms, and showcase your stock-pitching skills.

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Plan your career in investing

At Johnson, we take a group-based approach to recruiting, especially among investing students—a big differentiator.

  • Emphasis on team projects, peer mentorship, and non-competitive recruiting practices
  • Feedback from peers as you develop hard and soft skills for your investment career
  • Group treks and company visits to Wall Street and other NYC-based companies
  • Expert career management staff who can help you plan your recruitment strategy
  • Engaged alumni who return as recruiters, case competition judges, immersion mentors, and more
  • Company informational meetings and networking events
  • Guidance in narrowing in on industries and sectors
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“Working in the most important financial hub of the world has been a dream since I started a career in finance… A good way to navigate the recruitment process is to leverage your network, your peers, and second-years. Practice your technicals, deal pitch, and behavioral questions as much as you can with them. Challenge them and ask them to challenge you.”

Carlos Acevedo, Two-Year MBA ’20. Carlos took the Investment Banking Immersion and held a summer internship at Deutsche Bank in New York City,, where he returned after graduation
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Investing career outcomes

Johnson’s immersive academic approach and strong financial networks will position you for career success.

While Johnson’s Ithaca-based MBA programs, primarily the Two-Year MBA, will best prepare you for a career in investment banking (IB) or investment research and asset management, some of our executive MBA students also work in financial services as they aim to advance their careers with new leadership and management skills.

30%

of Two-Year MBAs enter into IB

$140,846

average salary for IB grads

$12,110

average monthly salary for IB interns

$53,546

average signing bonus for IB grads

96%

of MBAs entering IB received signing bonuses

23%

of EMBAs work full-time in financial services

$44,167

avg bonus for equity/debt research roles

$8,308

avg monthly salary for equity/debt research interns

Johnson’s top investment banking recruiters

The companies below have recently hired Johnson graduates for investment banking roles:

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Jefferies & Company, Inc. logo
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RBC Capital Markets logo
Wells Fargo logo
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Academic opportunities and hands-on experiences

Connect with student clubs, manage real assets, and focus your studies on investing or investment research.

Johnson’s student clubs and academic offerings can help you prepare for your future internship or full-time role. Take part in case competitions and stock pitch challenges, attend conferences, or choose an investing area of focus to complement an immersion in another field.

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Investment Research and Asset Management (IRAM)

As a residential MBA student in Ithaca, you can choose to complete the IRAM immersion or select electives within the IRAM area of focus to complement another immersion area (like investment banking). There are several ways to round out your finance experiences.

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Cayuga Fund

The Cayuga Fund manages money for the Cornell University endowment. MBA fund managers have a high degree of decision-making responsibility as they manage equities with faculty/alumni advisor oversight and a suite of analytical software.

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Investment Management Club (IMC)

The IMC for residential MBA students holds weekly calls to discuss investment topics from both a macro and micro level. The club also hosts career treks to Boston and NYC, allowing you to meet with analysts from buy-side and sell-side investment firms.

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Old Ezra Finance Club

With 200+ MBA members, Old Ezra is committed to enhancing Johnson’s presence in finance and providing its members the tools necessary for successful recruiting—including access to alumni and firms—and exceptional workplace performance.

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Johnson Private Equity & Credit Club (JPEC)

Open to undergrads and grad students, the JPEC hosts a speaker series, an annual conference, and weekly meetings. As a member, you’ll participate in competitions and focus on topics such as private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, impact investing, and more.


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Learn from experts in the investing space

Take courses taught by faculty who have several years of experience researching and practicing in the field of investing.

If you’re pursuing an investment immersion or focus area—or if you’re interested in taking just a few investing electives—you’ll learn from faculty who not only teach fundamentals and theories, but also discuss their application based on personal experience. Learn more about a few investing experts below.

Drew Pascarella

Drew Pascarella

Associate dean for MBA programs and Rempe Wilson Distinguished Lecturer
Leader of the Investment Banking Immersion and founder of the Fintech Intensive, Pascarella has previously advised clients on more than $35 billion of merger and acquisition transactions and has led equity, convertible, and debt financing transactions totaling $9 billion+ in proceeds.

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Robert Jarrow

Ronald P. & Susan E. Lynch Professor of Investment Management
Jarrow’s teaching and research interests involve the study of derivatives, risk management, investments, and asset pricing theory. An associate editor for numerous finance journals, he is a recipient of Risk Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Scott Stewart

Clinical professor of finance and accounting and faculty co-director of the Parker Center
Stewart’s research interests include portfolio management techniques, the behavior of institutional investors, equity valuation, and the use of technology in finance. Previously with Fidelity Investments, he was founder and leader of the $45 billion Structured Investments Group.

Find courses to build your knowledge of investment banking and asset management.

You’ll have the opportunity to take investment banking and asset management courses and electives across Johnson’s academic programs. Explore a sampling of course offerings below.

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Explore Johnson's Academic Programs

Johnson offers several graduate degree programs for candidates with a range of experiences, academic backgrounds, and interests. See which program is your best fit as you plan to launch or advance a career in investment banking.