An Ivy League Executive MBA Designed for Working Professionals

When you pursue a part-time executive MBA, you can implement what you’re learning immediately—and see your investment in yourself pay off in real time.

Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management offers a trio of executive MBA programs, each built upon the rigor of an Ivy League education with the needs of busy working professionals in mind.

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Why Johnson for Your EMBA Degree?

The Johnson School’s innovative executive MBA programs are designed for ambitious leaders from across industries, sectors, and job functions who want to advance their careers without putting them on hold. While our three EMBA options differ in content, you can be sure that each offers:

  • Close-knit cohorts
  • Immersive learning experiences
  • Rigorous, real-world curriculum
  • World-class faculty
  • Personalized career coaching
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities
  • Access to Cornell University’s global alumni network

Program Distinctions: What You’ll Gain with a Cornell EMBA

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 Executive Presence

Grow as a leader as you further develop and enhance your executive presence.

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Meaningful Networking

Make meaningful professional connections in your industry and beyond—and build friendships along the way.

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Ivy League Rigor

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to solve today’s multifaceted business challenges.

An Executive MBA for Working Professionals: Three Innovative Options

Finding a graduate business program that aligns with your academic and career goals—and your schedule—takes research. We invite you to explore and compare the Johnson School’s innovative EMBA options. No matter which program you choose, you’ll develop strong bonds with your cohort, participate in meaningful learning experiences, and learn from world-class faculty members.

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Cornell Executive MBA Americas

Ideal for professionals who want an Ivy League MBA without the need to relocate or put their careers on hold, this program allows you to learn alongside international classmates from one of 20 locations across North and South America—or online from home.

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Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY

Built for executives based in the tri-state area, the EMBA Metro NY is immersive and convenient. Earn an Ivy League EMBA on alternating weekends at our Roosevelt Island campus in New York City while continuing to work full-time.

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Cornell MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

Designed for professionals who want to lead change and drive innovation within a healthcare organization, our dual EMBA/MS is offered in collaboration with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

EMBA Americas: Further Your Career—Without Going Far From Home

Ideal for professionals who want an Ivy League executive MBA without the need to relocate or put their careers on hold, the program’s 17 months of classes allow you to learn alongside international classmates from one of 20 locations across North and South America—or online from home. You’ll attend classes every other weekend in your local boardroom, attend four residential sessions on Cornell’s Ithaca, NY, campus, and travel internationally as part of an immersive global business project.

The Johnson School’s EMBA Americas program pioneered the concept of distributed classrooms and remains the gold standard of distance education.


General management through a global lens—applicable to any industry or job function

Degrees Awarded

Two MBAs: Cornell University and Queen’s University

Program Schedule

17 months of classes, starting in late June

EMBA Metro NY: Big Business in the Big Apple

Designed for working professionals in the tri-state area, this innovative program delivers an Ivy League education on an executive-friendly schedule. During this 22-month program, you’ll take courses on alternating weekends in New York City, plus participate in four immersive, interactive residencies at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, NY.

Situated in one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities, this weekend executive MBA program gives you unmatched access to networking opportunities with professionals from a wide range of industries.


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General management, new ventures and innovation, and global business—applicable to any industry or job function

Degree Awarded

An MBA from Cornell University

Program Schedule

22 months starting in July

A Unique Dual Degree: The Intersection of Business and Healthcare

Offered in collaboration with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, our industry-immersive program is the only dual degree of its kind in the Ivy League. You’ll graduate with an MBA and a master’s in healthcare leadership.

Whether you’re an executive who wishes to deepen your knowledge in the business of healthcare or a medical professional looking to broaden your business and leadership skills, this 22-month New York City-based program allows you to advance your career without putting it on hold. You’ll take classes on alternating weekends at the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island and come together as a cohort for four weeklong residencies at our beautiful, historic campus in Ithaca, NY.


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Business breadth and healthcare depth to facilitate change in the healthcare industry, broadly defined

Degrees Awarded

An MBA and an MS from Cornell University

Program Schedule

22 months starting in July

EMBA Sponsorship: Collaborating for Mutual Success

We encourage Cornell Executive MBA students to seek full or partial financial support from their employers—an arrangement that benefits both the student and organization:

  • For applicants: Explore how partnering with your employer can help fund your graduate education. 
  • For employers: Learn more about how investing in your best employees pays off for your entire organization.
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For EMBA Candidates: Finding Financial Support

Gaining financial support from your employer can help put an Ivy League business education within reach. This can come in many ways, from complete funding to partial tuition reimbursement.

To help you confidently make the case for sponsorship, we’ve put together some details—including a downloadable guide—to help you present yourself and your proposal in an effective, professional manner.

Learn How to Pursue Sponsorship
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For Organizational Sponsors: Investing in Your Leaders

Investing in professional development for your organization’s existing and emerging leaders brings many benefits.

A Cornell Executive MBA not only enhances individual leadership and strategic thinking skills of your best employees—it also strengthens your entire organization. Designed for immediate impact, our three part-time executive MBA programs allow your employees to attend class on the weekends and apply what they’ve learned on Monday morning.

Supporting your leaders as they pursue their Cornell EMBAs also enhances your organization’s reputation and broadens its reach. Learn more about the various ways you can provide financial support, including complete funding, partial tuition reimbursement, or forgivable loan agreements.

Learn More About Sponsoring Employees

In the News: Executive MBA Updates

Our BusinessFeed features program updates, research news, profiles, and the latest accomplishments of Johnson School EMBA students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

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June 25, 2024

Chris Marino is Shaping the Next Generation of Marketing Leaders by Paying it Forward

10 Under 10 honoree Chris Marino, MBA ’20, is a head of agency at Google who believes in using marketing as a force for good.

Image of Jim Mastrianni, MBA ’06, at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.
June 17, 2024

Saratoga Springs Business Leader Receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

Jim Mastrianni, MBA ’06, is the 12th recipient of the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award.

June 17, 2024

From Music to Amazon and Back: A Q&A with Alexander Horowitz, MBA ’23

Career Corner: Marketing executive Alexander Horowitz pivoted from music and tech marketing to Amazon’s last-mile business—then segued back to music.


Getting Started: How to Apply to Johnson

No matter which EMBA program you choose, our admissions committee is looking for ambitious candidates with demonstrated work experience and career progression. 

To better prepare you for the admissions process, we encourage you to start with a pre-assessment, request additional program information, or attend one of our admissions events.

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Determining Fit: Start with a Pre-Assessment

Submitting a pre-assessment for your EMBA program of interest is an excellent way for our admissions team to get to know you better and provide you with preliminary feedback on your candidacy.

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Connect with Cornell Admissions

Our EMBA admissions team is here to answer your questions about our three programs, including program format, selection criteria, application deadlines, and the admissions process. Start the conversation by requesting more information or scheduling a campus visit.

Request Program Information
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Admissions Events: Learn More in Person or Online

Thinking about earning your executive MBA at Cornell? We invite you to attend an upcoming admissions event, such as an online information session, in-person breakfast meetup, or open house. Connect with our team and get answers to your questions in real time.

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Your EMBA Questions, Answered

What is an executive MBA program? And what does it entail? We’ve assembled answers to a few common questions to help you learn more about our EMBA programs.

Next Steps: Start Your EMBA Application

Have you identified the Cornell EMBA program that best fits your needs and goals? We invite you to start the application process today.