Investment Banking at Johnson


Think strategically. Perform tactfully. Start your career in banking.

Investment bankers are trusted advisors to global clients and focus on long-term value creation. They use a full suite of modern financial methods and tools to unlock value, access capital markets, and enable clients to reach their financial goals.

If you are interested in financial markets and want to have a key role in the future economic success of clients, Johnson provides a structured curriculum and comprehensive recruiting pipeline. Learn from current and former practitioners to think like a banker, build complex financial models, present transactions in a fluid presentation, formulate recommendations, exercise ethical decision-making, and communicate effectively 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
Rose Haber, Two Year MBA ‘22

“The network of alumni, professors, and resources at Johnson is simply inimitable. The endless resources pour into building successful individuals, and thereby form a community is like no other.” Read More

Rose Haber, Two-Year MBA ’22
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Unmatched networks, unparalleled instruction and support

Whether switching careers or continuing as a finance professional, Johnson provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in financial markets, learn from industry professionals, and leverage an extensive alumni network.

As you take your career to the next level, you will develop, and sharpen your skills through Johnson’s Investment Banking Immersion and affiliated professional clubs that lay a strong foundation for your continued success.

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Old Ezra Finance Club

Enhance interview skills, meet alumni, and build your professional network among the world’s largest banks. Old Ezra represents Johnson’s largest network for banking professionals and will help you excel while recruiting.

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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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Johnson Private Equity & Credit Club

Gain exposure to private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and impact investing through the Johnson Private Equity & Credit Club where you will put real-world context to more specialized aspects of financial markets.

“All of it comes down to the fulfilling ultimate goal of any business school: Placing students at the top companies. Cornell, according to data from Revelio Labs, is one of the top schools banks pull investment banking talent from.” – Business Insider

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Plan your career in investment banking

At Johnson, we take an intensely collaborative approach to recruiting, especially among banking candidates—a big differentiator that strengthens our performance, success, and outcomes.

  • Strong emphasis on team projects, peer mentorship, and collaborative recruiting practices
  • Intentional and customized feedback from peers to enhance hard and soft skills for your banking career
  • Dedicated mentorship from second-year bankers via Career Working Groups (CWGs)
  • Treks to NYC and alternate geographies, like Houston, for exposure to major banks.
  • Expert career management staff who can help you plan and navigate your recruitment strategy
  • Engaged network of alumni who remain actively involved in the recruiting process
  • Access to successful industry professionals via lectures, coursework, guest speakers, and the IB Immersion
  • Vast network of bankers from both the undergraduate and graduate programs, throughout Wall Street and around the globe
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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

“With 37% of its graduating class hiring into finance, Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management led all elite schools in Europe and the United States, including all of the top 25 schools as ranked by both Poets & Quants and U.S News.” – Poets & Quants

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Investment banking career outcomes

Johnson’s immersive academic approach and strong finance network will position you for success.

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

Our structured approach allows career pivoters to successfully break into investment banking.

Timothy O’Connor

“Prior to Johnson, I was a Teach for America Corps Member. I taught 18-to-22-year-olds with developmental disabilities necessary life skills. Immersing myself in accounting and finance was certainly a challenge, but the Johnson community supported me throughout the entire journey. The professional clubs, students, and coursework at Johnson enabled me to prove to investment banks that I have the skills required to perform at a high level. I am confident that the training and education that I received at Johnson was pivotal to my successful career switch and a major reason why I received a return offer to become a full time M&A Investment Banking Associate at Guggenheim.”

Timothy O’Connor

22%

of Two-Year MBAs enter into IB

$147,826

average salary for IB grads

$11,939

average monthly salary for IB interns

$51,672

average signing bonus for IB grads

96%

of MBAs entering IB received signing bonuses

23%

of EMBAs work full-time in financial services

80%+

internship conversion to full-time offers

24

IB firms offered internships to the Class of 2022

Johnson’s top investment banking recruiters

The companies below are just some that have recently hired Johnson graduates for full-time investment banking roles:

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Goldman Sachs logo
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Guggenheim logo
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Jefferies & Company, Inc. logo
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RBC Capital Markets logo
Wells Fargo logo

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Learn from experts in finance

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

If you’re pursuing investment banking—or if you are interested in taking just a few finance 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 spent 15 years at bulge bracket investment banks where he advised clients on more than $35 billion of M&A transactions and led equity, convertible, and debt financing transactions totaling over $9 billion in proceeds. In addition to his duties at Johnson, he is Managing Director and Head of East Coast Banking of Vista Point Advisors.

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance
O’Hara’s research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the classic book, Market Microstructure Theory. She was a member of the CFTC-SEC Emerging Regulatory Issues Task Force (the “flash crash” committee), the advisory board of the Office of Financial Research for the U.S. Treasury, and, most recently, she served on the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Board.

Gideon Saar

Gideon Saar

Dr. Philip and Rosalyn Baron Professor of Management Saar’s research interests are in market microstructure, behavioral finance, and stock market return predictability. He has been published in the leading finance journals, including the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Markets. He is also a co-editor of the Journal of Financial Markets and a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Find courses to build your knowledge of investment banking.

You’ll have the opportunity to take courses and electives related to investment banking 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.