Ivy League Academics. Industry Advantages.

One of the biggest benefits of a business management degree from the Johnson School is access to our industry expertise.

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University offers a broad range of graduate programs—and they all benefit from our rich expertise in a variety of sectors, industries, and business functions. Among our most notable areas of specialization are consulting, entrepreneurship, investment banking and asset management, and technology.

Johnson’s Industry Advantages: How They Benefit You

No matter which graduate program you choose, you’ll find elements of our industry expertise throughout your academic experience at the Johnson School.

Our primary industry expertise—consulting, entrepreneurship, investment banking, and technology—aren’t degrees and programs themselves. Rather, the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed in each of these fields are embedded throughout the curriculum, from core requirements and elective classes to internships, fellowships, and immersive learning experiences.


Help improve, empower, and grow global organizations as a management consultant—or by thinking like one.



Entrepreneurial thinking will take you far, whether you plan to launch a new venture or use your skills and talents to help run a start-up.


Investment Banking and Other Finance Roles

With math skills and market knowledge, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities in investment banking and other financial services careers.



Do better work—in any field or position—by mastering tech tools and platforms and learning best practices in digital communication.


Consulting at the Johnson School

Big-picture thinkers and skilled problem-solvers excel in the consulting field. The Johnson School prepares you for this exciting industry with an innovative curriculum, expert instruction from renowned practitioners, and management consulting immersion experiences. Beyond the classroom, Johnson School MBA students gain practical skills and make industry connections with campus organizations such as the Consulting Club.

Outcomes: Careers in Consulting

Recognized as one of the best schools for consulting preparation, Johnson School alumni land positions at top-tier firms like Deloitte, EY, and PwC, as well as consulting-adjacent roles within organizations of all kinds. Many of our EMBA students are already working in the consulting field, allowing them to put their newfound knowledge into action in real time.

  • 30% of all Johnson School grads enter consulting
  • 80% of MPS (accounting) grads work in consulting
  • 10% of EMBA students work in consulting
  • 86% of all MPS in Management grads become consultants

Ideate and Innovate in Ithaca

At the Johnson School, innovation happens everywhere, from our main campus in Ithaca, NY, to Cornell Tech in New York City

Our entrepreneurial mindset is found throughout our degree programs, but especially in our Johnson Cornell Tech MBA and Two-Year MBA. We not only offer courses, electives, and immersions designed around entrepreneurship, but also provide mentoring and networking opportunities; start-up incubators and pitch competitions; and even research and fellowship programs related to new venture development.

Our Alumni: Entrepreneurship in Action

The Johnson School is a launchpad for aspiring entrepreneurs. Our alumni have started successful companies—sometimes in partnership with each other—in a wide variety of industries, including apparel, education, healthcare, and hospitality. Many of these ideas began here on campus; here are a few examples:

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Physician Promise

A telemedicine company founded by a trio of EMBA graduates, including a physician, a tech professional, and a marketing expert.

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Earn Into Wealth

A financial planning firm aimed at helping high-earning women and people of color in their 30s and 40s build wealth.

Glyph cofounders Pranav Sachdev and Alan Lau, both MBA ’17.


An ethical, minimalist fashion company, founded by two MBA classmates, that makes digitally knit vegan shoes.

Our Curriculum: Entrepreneurial Academics

Beyond typical coursework, you’ll bring your entrepreneurial spirit to life at the Johnson School.

Tech MBA Studios

Collaborate with a multidisciplinary, cross-functional group of Cornell Tech classmates to develop technology-driven solutions for a real client. You’ll also get to develop a business idea from concept to launch.


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Big Red Venture Fund

Gain real-world investment experience by becoming a student manager with Big Red Venture Fund. You’ll work with early-stage companies to connect them with resources, tools, and expertise at Cornell.


New Ventures Club

Aimed at future founders, Johnson New Ventures Club (or eClub) connects students with the Cornell entrepreneurship community through events like the monthly Pitches and Pitchers.


Life Sciences Technology Innovation Fellowship

Geared toward MBAs and life sciences researchers, this certificate program provides the training, tools, and professional connections needed to launch a biotech start-up.


Investment Banking at the Johnson School

With rigorous academics and a rich history of expertise in financial services, the Johnson School is considered among the best schools for investment banking career preparation.

Outcomes: Investment Banking Careers

The benefits of a business management degree from the Johnson School really come into the spotlight when it comes to recruiting. With a rigorous curriculum coupled with dedicated career coaching, strong industry connections, and a global alumni network, our students are highly sought after.

Johnson School graduates work for some of the most recognizable names in investment banking today, including Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Wells Fargo.

  • 22% of Two-Year MBAs enter investment banking
  • 23% of EMBAs work full-time in financial services
  • 24 investment banking firms offered internships to the Class of 2022
  • $147,826 average salary for investment banking grads

Academic Opportunities in Investment Banking

Gain a professional edge with unparalleled hands-on investment banking experience at the Johnson School, from student organizations to academic immersions.

Old Ezra Finance Club

Enhance interview skills, meet alumni, and build industry connections. Old Ezra represents the Johnson School’s largest network for banking professionals and will help you excel while recruiting.


Investment Banking Immersion

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


Johnson Private Equity and Credit Club

Gain exposure to private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and impact investing—and gain valuable context about specialized aspects of financial markets.


Technology at the Johnson School

Tech-savvy business leaders are early adopters, data-driven analysts, and skilled communicators. They ideate, innovate, and create—all while making an impact throughout their organizations. Whether your goal is to lead a tech company, manage product teams, or build digital initiatives, you’ll find academic paths at the Johnson School to help you develop skills in coding, databases, and analytics, all in support of data-driven decision-making.

Outcomes: Careers in Tech

A graduate degree that embeds technology throughout its curriculum will give you an edge, whether you want to work in tech or use your tech know-how to lead in another sector. Our alumni take on specialized roles and leadership positions with organizations of all kinds, including top tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Adobe, Google, IBM, Wayfair, and Microsoft.

High-Tech and Hands-On: Learning Opportunities at Johnson

From unique degree programs to individual immersive courses, you’ll hone your technical and product management skills at the Johnson School.

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One-Year Johnson Cornell Tech MBA in New York City

Find yourself at the intersection of tech and business in this innovative one-year MBA program. In addition to management courses, you’ll participate in hands-on projects alongside computer scientists, engineers, and other professionals in graduate programs across Cornell Tech.


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Digital Technology Immersion

Spend a semester immersed in a hands-on tech project with your classmates and a partner company. Open to Ithaca, NY-based MBA students, this interactive, collaborative course allows you to use what you’ve learned to solve real-world business challenges through technology.


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Big Red Tech Strategy Fellows

Turning cutting-edge scientific research into actual solutions involves commercialization. That’s the idea behind Big Red Tech Strategy (BRTS). This intensive 12-week fellowship program pairs first-year MBAs with Cornell PhD students to conceptualize early-stage business strategies for novel technologies and products.


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Our Industry Expertise Is Your Advantage

When you pursue a graduate degree from the Johnson School, you benefit from our deep industry expertise, innovative curriculum, and immersive learning opportunities. 

Our programs include two residential MBAs, several EMBAs, and a specialized master’s degree in management; we encourage you to explore all of our options to find the right fit.

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