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Please carefully review these dates and put them in your calendar. More key dates will be added as our calendar for academic year 2020 – 2021 is finalized; be sure to continue to monitor this page.
Academic Dates: A Note About Weekends
Please understand that weekends are not free. Weekends are frequently needed for group work, academic review sessions, and other activities. Additionally, some midterms and final exams are held on weekends. This is particularly true during the accelerated summer core curriculum. We urge you to avoid outside commitments as much as possible.
The intensive summer core necessitates some Data Analytics & Modeling online coursework that you must complete before your arrival on campus. This will include some assignments and quizzes that you need to do before you finish the material in Ithaca. Watch for an email from us on or around March 18, 2020 on how to get started.
Incoming international students must participate in International Student Orientation (ISO) before the official start of the MBA program. All activities for ISO will be virtual.
Start your career search strong at this optional—but highly recommended—one-day program led by the Career Management Center team. You’ll learn how to:
Identify key company contacts and influential alumni
Build influential recruiting relationships, and how/when to leverage them
Essentials of MBA job search etiquette
There is no cost associated with attending the Career Prep Bootcamp, but registration is required. Please watch your email for more details.
International Students: This program will be a part of your International Student Orientation on May 6 – May 8.
The summer core curriculum is extremely accelerated. Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory; plan to be fully engaged and limit your outside commitments. Typically, you will take two classes at a time, with sessions all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays are devoted to group work, career prep, and other activities. You’ll use weekends to work with your core team, attend review sessions, and sometimes take exams.
All members of the One-Year Class of 2021 must participate in the start of our orientation and summer term on Monday, May 11. Attendance at all Monday orientation sessions is required.
The first day will begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time and will run through 10:45 a.m. and will focus on a Program Overview and getting to know your peers in the Johnson Cornell Tech and One-Year Ithaca MBA programs .
Later sessions in the day will be offered twice so you can participate in whichever time works best for you. These sessions include:
Technology at Johnson
Student Panel with Class of 2020 One-Year MBAs
On Tuesday you’ll start your day at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time with everyone joining a Career Management Overview that runs until 10:30 a.m.
Later sessions in the day will be offered more than once so you can participate in the time that works best for you. These sessions include:
Excellence & Integrity at Johnson, offered twice in the day.
Student Breakouts, offered multiple times so you can get to know others in the Johnson Cornell Tech & One-Year Ithaca MBA programs
Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory; plan to engage fully and limit your commitments. Typically, you will take two classes at a time, with sessions all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays are devoted to group work, career prep, and other activities. You’ll use weekends to work with your core team, attend review sessions, and sometimes take exams. There are some weeks, however, when you might have class or exam on a Wednesday and/or a Saturday.
On Wednesday, May 13, you’ll begin your Core Team Practicum and Leading Teams classes.
The fast-pace of our summer curriculum means that we are unable to observe the Memorial Day holiday. You will be expected to be in class on May 25.
Plan to be in Ithaca on Saturday, May 30 as you have an Accounting Midterm Exam from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
No class. Please note classes do not conclude on Thursday, July 2 until 3:45 p.m.
After your final exam, we’ll celebrate the end of your summer term and bid your Johnson Cornell Tech classmates goodbye at our annual lakeside picnic celebration.
Please note that many One-Year program students find it useful to devote some vacation time to do recruiting prep, as interviewing begins in earnest as soon as the fall semester commences.
In the first half of the fall semester, you’ll finish one final core course: Managing Operations. You can also take your Leadership course requirement in the fall. Everything else is up to you—consider pursuing an Area of Focus, enrolling in the Management Practicum, or venturing outside of Johnson for coursework in other Cornell programs.
All Johnson MBA electives will begin on Monday, Aug. 24.
Cornell fall electives begin.
Cornell is proud of all of its Veterans. It is not able to recognize this national holiday, however, due to the demands of the academic calendar. Please plan to be in class this day.
Johnson School electives end slightly earlier than other Cornell University graduate coursework.
This will be the final day of any fall electives you might take outside of Johnson.
In elective courses you will either have final exams or final projects or papers due during the finals period. You’ll enroll in fall courses in the summer; you’ll receive information on your final exams or other deliverables when you start your fall courses and receive course syllabi.
Non-Johnson courses at Cornell have a finals period that runs later than Johnson’s finals period. You’ll receive information on your final exam and/or other deliverable dates when you start your fall courses and receive course syllabi.
No class, except for optional international trip courses. Please note, however, that One-Year MBA students who elect to participate in a spring Immersion program may need to return earlier in January as some immersions begin before the official start of elective courses.
In the spring you’ll continue to pursue electives. You will also have the option of participating in an Ithaca-based Immersion program, or you might consider a Johnson NYC Curriculum Intensive in New York City. You’ll also need to wrap up your leadership requirement if you didn’t complete it in the fall.
All Johnson and Cornell elective coursework begins. One-Year MBA students who wish to participate in an Immersion program may have to return earlier in January as some immersion begin before the official start of elective courses.
No class. Johnson offers international trip courses over spring break.
All Johnson and Cornell electives end this day.
You’ll receive information on your final exam and/or other deliverable dates when you start your spring courses and receive course syllabi.
Johnson holds its Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 29, 2021. University Commencement is Sunday, May 30, 2021.