Cornell Executive MBA Admissions: What You Need to Know

You’ve done your research and determined an EMBA from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University is right for you. Take the next step and explore our admissions process.

This page provides all of the information and resources you’ll need to apply, including Cornell EMBA admissions requirements, deadlines, and financial aid options. We look forward to reviewing your application and learning more about your professional ambitions.


Finding Your Fit: Choosing the Right Cornell EMBA Program

Before you start the application process, you should determine which option best suits your background, goals, schedule, and location: EMBA Americas, EMBA Metro NY, or our unique dual-degree EMBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

We encourage you to explore all three programs and reach out to our admissions teams with any questions.

How to Apply: Steps in the Cornell EMBA Admissions Process

Admission requirements vary for each EMBA program, as all are personalized and holistic. However, the steps to the application process are similar:

3. Complete & Submit Your Application

4. Interview (by Invitation)

Our webpage about the EMBA application process dives into each of these steps to help set you up for a smooth admissions experience.


Cornell EMBA Application Requirements: What You Need to Apply

As you prepare to apply to a Cornell EMBA program, carefully review the application requirements for your program of choice. While admissions materials vary, a few are common to all programs:

Academic Transcripts

Letters of Recommendation

Admissions Essays

$200 Application Fee

Test scores are optional.
You are not required to submit standardized test scores as part of your EMBA application materials.


Cornell EMBA Selection Criteria: What We’re Looking For in Candidates

Our Cornell EMBA students are experienced, ambitious professionals with a range of educational backgrounds and industry expertise. At the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, we take a holistic approach to the admissions process. We review each application individually—from work history to personal essay—and consider qualities and characteristics such as:

Career Progression

Academic Readiness

Collaboration Skills

Motivation & Commitment

We get lots of questions about the Cornell EMBA acceptance rate; yes, our programs are selective. Your admissions materials—especially your essays—give you an opportunity to show us your best.


Application Deadlines for Executive MBA Programs

Applications for the Executive MBA programs are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact your program’s admissions office with any questions related to the application or the deadlines.

  • Cornell EMBA Americas: Applications are no longer being accepted for June 2024 program start. June 2025 program start application will open in August.
  • Cornell EMBA Metro NY: Rolling admissions for July 2024 program start
  • Cornell EMBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership: Rolling admissions for July 2024 program start

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Upcoming Events: Connect with Cornell EMBA Admissions

We host a variety of online and in-person Cornell Executive MBA admissions events throughout the year, from online information sessions and application workshops to in-person open houses and receptions. These informative, interactive events are an excellent way to get answers to your questions and connect with our admissions team—and sometimes with current students, EMBA alumni, and Johnson School faculty.

See Upcoming EMBA Admissions Events

Request Info about Our Programs and Process

Still looking for information about our Cornell EMBA programs and admissions process? Complete our brief request form, and we’ll get relevant details to your inbox. 

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Tuition: Cornell Executive MBA Cost and Financing Options

Pursuing an executive MBA at the Johnson School is a major investment in yourself, professionally and personally. Tuition and expenses vary by program, and we offer a range of financing options including payment plans, loans, and employer sponsorship. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for all EMBA programs; you’ll automatically be considered for those when you apply. 

What’s included in the Cornell Executive MBA Cost

In addition to instruction, academic and career services, and books and printed materials, EMBA tuition covers some program-specific expenses such as lodging and meals during residential sessions in Ithaca, NY. Here’s a closer look by program:


EMBA Americas

EMBA Americas students typically pay for their education with private or federal loans. Employer sponsorship is also an option.


Explore EMBA Americas Cost



EMBA Metro NY students typically pay for their education with private or federal loans. Employer sponsorship is also an option.

Tuition for this program also includes accommodations and meals during the Global Business Study trip.

Explore EMBA Metro NY Cost


EMBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

In this dual-degree program, financial aid and student accounts are handled by Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City.

Students in this program often receive employer sponsorship or merit-based partial scholarships.

Explore EMBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Cost

Get Answers: Contact the Cornell EMBA Admissions Team

The EMBA admissions team is ready to answer your questions about our programs, including curriculum, format, schedule, selection criteria, application deadlines, financial aid options, and other admissions-related topics. Reach out to us by phone or email today.