The schedule for the Two-Year Class of 2026 is under development. Please watch this page for additional updates and please note that all dates are subject to change.
A Note About Weekends
Please understand that weekends in an MBA program are not free. Some midterms and final exams are held on weekends; dates will be shared when they are confirmed. Additionally, weekends are frequently needed for group work, professional club meetings, academic review sessions, and recruiting preparation and activities. We recommend you avoid making major weekend plans, especially during your first semester.
Pre-Arrival Programs and Opportunities
We offer pre-arrival preparation opportunities to all incoming students. Please watch your weekly New Student Guide emails for information on career preparation workshops, international student webinars, and more.
Incoming international students are invited to attend webinars specifically for international students to help prepare new students for the transition into their MBA journey at Johnson. More information will be part of the New Student Guides.
We strongly encourage you to arrive in the United States a minimum of a few days prior to the program’s start so that you can begin to acclimate to the local time zone, settle in your apartment, and start adjusting to life in Ithaca.
Some core courses within our Two-Year MBA curriculum are eligible for core exemption. Students who successfully exempt a course will not receive course credit, but their schedule will be freed from that requirement.
The following core exemption exams will be held prior to the official program start:
NCC 5000 Financial Accounting
NCC 5030 Marketing Management
NCC 5020 Microeconomics for Management
NCC 5060 Managerial Finance
Exemption exams for NCC 5010 Data Analytics and Modeling and NCC 5080 Managing Operations will be held later. Dates will be announced once they are confirmed.
All students interested in sitting for exemption exams must register in advance. For more information about exemption exams, please review our Core Course Exemption page.
The Class of 2026 will check in and begin their program on August 8, 2024. All students are expected to be in Ithaca, ready to begin their MBA experience that morning.
At Johnson, “Pre-Term” includes a mix of orientation activities, academic coursework, and recruiting preparation. Pre-Term begins with our kickoff on August 8th and will continue through the first day of classes. Please note that Pre-Term is mandatory for all first-year MBA students.
Your core courses in Accounting, Marketing, and Microeconomics will be in the first half of the fall semester. You do not need to register for classes; you will be automatically enrolled in all of your fall coursework.
Cornell observes the federal Labor Day holiday. Offices will be closed and classes will not be held.
This is your chance to take a break and catch up on career preparation. Please note that it’s possible there will be some career-related activities during the fall recess.
Your second-half core courses are Critical and Strategic Thinking, Finance, and Strategy. You do not need to register for classes; you will be automatically enrolled in all of your fall coursework.
Please note that we are unable to observe this Federal Holiday due to the accelerated nature of the fall core. We thank all of Johnson’s Veterans for their service.
No classes will be held during this period.
You will receive more details about your second-half core finals during the fall semester. In the meantime, please know this will be the last day of your second-half core final exams.
Your winter break begins! We will share information about the start of the spring semester in January when it is available. Please note that some students can expect to have summer internship interviews in late December; many others will have internship interviews in January.
In the spring semester, you’ll choose a Johnson Immersion that will combine hands-on, integrated course and field work in a specific industry or career interest. You will also take your final first-year core courses: Data Analytics and Modeling and Managing Operations.