While every Cornell Executive MBA student is encouraged to obtain employer support, there are a variety of sponsorship options that you may choose to explore, including partial or full financial support. Our program and admissions directors have developed the following tips and tools to help you navigate the sponsorship process.
Prepare to Make Your Case
In making your case for sponsorship, confidence and preparation are critical. Download our guide to help you present yourself and your proposal in a professional and effective manner.
Explore answers to the most common questions prospective students have about the sponsorship process.
The outstanding reputation of Cornell’s Executive MBA programs rests on our ability to impart concepts, tools, and strategies that experienced professionals can apply immediately to their organizations. A cornerstone of Johnson is applied learning — a concept that goes back to the foundations of Cornell University. This immediate impact allows our graduates and their employers to quickly recoup the investment in the program. The breadth of industry and functional expertise that participants bring to the program creates a dynamic and engaging academic environment. The collaborative approach to teaching and learning enables students to both contribute to and gain new perspectives from others. The curriculum is relevant and experiential, creating an opportunity for students to bring situations or challenges from their organizations to the classroom.
Cornell EMBA programs are designed to allow for students to reach a balance between their professional, personal, and academic lives. A weekend-based format means that students can focus on their careers during the work week. The student experience is augmented by four residential sessions that provide unique access to resources and expanded networking time with peers and faculty.
Financial sponsorship is not required, however many employers see the cost as an investment in their company’s future. There are various ways an employer can provide financial support. Some may fund the full tuition, others split the cost with the employee, while others may reimburse the employee for part or all of the tuition. Focus on what is most important to you in your negotiation strategy, and direct the dialogue by articulating the benefits a Cornell EMBA provides to your employer and organization.
From strengthening your management skills and business acumen, to applying what you learn on the weekend immediately in the workplace, you can help your employer discover all the ways their sponsorship will benefit you, your organization, and your industry by highlighting the key benefits of a Cornell EMBA.
We encourage you to download our Preparing to Make Your Case guide before you begin the dialogue with your employer. You can also direct them to helpful information on Cornell EMBA program offerings, benefits, and next steps within the Employer Sponsorship – For Employers page.
Take the Next Step
Complete a pre-assessment to determine eligibility or meet with an experienced admissions director to learn more about our EMBA programs.