The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA summer core curriculum is extremely accelerated. Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory, and you are required to complete some of your academic coursework before May 11.
Johnson Cornell Tech MBAs will need to complete some academic work before they begin on May 11.
Your Data Analytics and Modeling core course is a hybrid class with required online pre-work that you must complete before beginning the rest of the course after Orientation on May 11. The course concludes with additional instruction and a final exam after you matriculate.
The pre-work portion of the course will open in March, and will include video lessons as well as homework assignments and online quizzes. There will be assignment deadlines throughout the pre-orientation period, so please be sure to log in and get started as soon as you receive an email from us about how to begin.
The Johnson 360 Leadership Assessment launches in late spring. This 360-degree feedback survey serves as the cornerstone for your leadership development, and is required before you begin classes. You will also need it for your Core Team Practicum course that begins in May shortly after Orientation.
The Survey Process
You’ll receive an email when the survey launches in the spring. After you fill out a self-assessment, you’ll select raters who can provide feedback about your leadership. The more raters you select, the more you’ll get out of the 360 experience. Once you receive an email from our Leadership Development Office, be sure to add in your raters and the Korn Ferry Hay Group will take care of sending emails to your raters—all you need to do is provide their names and email addresses.
Managers: You will need at least one manager, but a mix of past and present managers/supervisor is even better.
Peers: Select at least five (preferably more) professional peers who have observed your leadership and work.
Subordinates: Select any and all employees you currently supervise. If you don’t have anyone who fits in this category, you may skip it—but then it will be extremely important for you to utilize the “others” group (please see below).
Others: Aim for five to ten people in this category. This is a “catch all” for anyone who isn’t your manager, direct report, or professional peer. You can list clients, vendors or peers from volunteer work, sports teams, and other non-work commitments. If you were recently in school, you might consider fellow club members, academic advisers, professors, or mentors.
Recommended Reading for All Courses and Students
Successfully completing your mandatory pre-work should be your top academic priority before you begin, but any additional time you can invest in academic preparation will be valuable as the summer core curriculum is highly accelerated.
Consider purchasing or renting Essentials of Accounting by Anthony and Breitner (Pearson, 11th Edition) to use as a course primer. This will not be your textbook, but past students who have used this to prepare have found it to be valuable.
Our Strategy faculty point to Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter as the best preparatory reading for the core course.
Your classes will often refer heavily to the daily business press, and you’ll be expected to keep up a working knowledge of major business events and activities. Once you have received and activated your Cornell NetID, you will be able to review the full text of many business publications through the Johnson Management Library. Stay up to date with business publications like Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times.