An Ivy League MBA for New York City Executives

Earn a Cornell Executive MBA in New York City every other weekend. 

Designed for working professionals, this world-class business program is completed in 22 months by taking classes on alternating weekends at our Roosevelt Island campus. 

Pursuing your executive MBA part-time in New York City while staying committed to your full-time career means you can implement what you’re learning immediately—and see your investment in yourself pay off in real-time. More than 70 percent of our most recent graduating class reported a promotion or new career opportunity before graduation.

Making an Executive Decision: Why Cornell for Your EMBA?

When considering where to go for your executive MBA program, New York City is truly an unparalleled location. With its diverse and dynamic business community, New York City provides opportunities to access and engage with an innovative and influential global network as you earn your MBA.

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Executive-Friendly Format 

Alternating weekend classes on the Cornell Tech campus seamlessly integrate into your busy lifestyle. Attentive to the scheduling demands of executives and the compactness of the in-person course format, we minimize logistical challenges and maximize convenience—such as providing breakfast and lunch during class weekends—to give students more time for coursework and networking.

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Convenient and Accessible Campus

Our Roosevelt Island campus is an oasis of sorts—minutes from midtown Manhattan but with a distinct character all its own. With its prime location near major transit hubs, the campus is accessible by subway, ferry, car, bus, or the iconic aerial tram, offering students a hassle-free commute to class.

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Rich Academics and Expert Instruction

The innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum and an award-winning faculty of scholars and industry experts will help you elevate your business acumen, expand your leadership potential, and put theory into practice.

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Immersive Experiences, Coaching, and Mentoring

Four one-week residential sessions at our Ithaca, NY, campus allow extended networking opportunities and wider access to the Cornell community. Students also experience global markets firsthand in a one-week global immersion course. Plus, receive one-on-one career and leadership coaching, team coaching, and mentoring opportunities with our entrepreneurs-in-residence.

Program Overview: The EMBA Metro NY At a Glance

There’s no need to pause your career or relocate. Cornell’s EMBA Metro NY program offers the academic rigor of an Ivy League business education in a format that fits your needs.

Degrees Awarded

An MBA from Cornell University


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Program Format

Classes every other weekend (Saturday and half-day Sunday) with four weeklong residential sessions in Ithaca, NY, and one weeklong international immersion

Program Schedule

22 months; classes begin in July

You’ll be part of a close-knit, collaborative cohort with a range of educational backgrounds and professional experiences. There is no typical industry or functional area represented in the cohort; our students bring a diversity of perspectives to the classroom.


Student Takeaways: Meet Our EMBAs

Take risks. Find mentors. Empower others. A few of our students and alumni share what they are learning and what they love about earning the Cornell Executive MBA in New York City.

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The Cornell EMBA: New York City with a Global Reach

Accelerate your career without putting it on pause. The Johnson School’s New York City-based EMBA program delivers an Ivy League education on an executive-friendly schedule. Regardless of your industry or job function, you can enhance your leadership presence and prepare for higher levels of management by attending courses every other weekend.

An Integrated and Immediately Applicable Curriculum

The Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY is designed for experienced professionals from all industries and functional areas. With an overall emphasis on general management, the curriculum includes core business courses, customizable electives, and a combination of individual and team-based assignments.

Sequenced Core Courses

Build business knowledge and strengthen your leadership skills through a sequence of EMBA courses, including:

  • Managing and Leading Organizations 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Strategies for Sustainable Business
  • Critical Thinking for Business Leaders
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Corporate Governance

EMBA Electives

Customize your studies with electives that align with your professional interests and career goals. A sample of recently offered electives: 

  • Raising Capital
  • Negotiations
  • Behavioral Science for Marketing Decisions
  • Data Analytics
  • AI Strategy & Operations
  • Fintech
  • Management Presentations
  • Entrepreneurship of Physical Products

Innovation & New Venture Project

Apply what you’ve learned through the Innovation & New Venture Creation team project.

Throughout the semester, you’ll gain entrepreneurial skills as you and your classmates generate ideas, conduct market research, develop a business plan, and form a management team. The project culminates with a final presentation—a pitch to a panel of professionals.

Global Business Study

During your final semester, you will participate in a weeklong immersion in a global market. You’ll meet with business executives and tour companies and take in cultural sites and landmarks. 

Destinations vary, but recent locations have included:

  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
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EMBA Metro NY Faculty

The Cornell EMBA Metro NY program is strong because of the amazing faculty that provides the instruction and mentorship to our students. Learn more about the people that may become a lifelong resource for your business career.

Meet Our Faculty


EMBA Residencies: Immersive Learning in Ithaca, NY

The EMBA Metro NY program includes four residencies at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, NY. These weeklong sessions feature classes, small-group simulations, career development activities, networking opportunities, and plenty of time to get to know your classmates and instructors.

Residencies also offer time for off-campus exploring. While you’re in Ithaca, we encourage you to check out our local restaurants and attractions and the beautiful, sprawling scenery of the Finger Lakes region. (We take the playful phrase “Ithaca is gorges” seriously around here.)

Your home for the week will be the Statler Hotel, one of Ithaca’s premier lodging options—and the Ivy League’s only teaching hotel. Part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business family, the Statler is a leader in hospitality innovation and another example of real-world learning in action at Cornell.


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Expand Your Perspective. Enrich Your Career.

One significant benefit of earning your executive MBA in New York City, one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities, is the opportunity to learn alongside classmates with a wide range of cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds. During your Ithaca residencies, you’ll take courses and participate in activities with students from other cohorts, expanding your connections and benefiting from multiple viewpoints and experiences.

As you learn from each other’s personal and professional experiences—whether through rich classroom discussions or engaging with one another during extracurricular aspects of the program—you will become a stronger, more intentional leader.

Student Snapshots: Reflections on the EMBA Experience

Wherever they are in their career trajectory when they arrive on campus, students leave the Cornell EMBA Metro NY program ready for their next professional challenge. Here’s what a few of our recent graduates had to say about their experience:

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Natarajan Nellicherry ’20, IT director

“I realized an MBA program would provide me the opportunity to learn general administration concepts of running a business, beyond my targeted technology domain knowledge. … The emotional, interpersonal, and team-building learnings were readily applied to my day-to-day work needs.”


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Dina McAfee ’18, Financial consultant

“This program really delivers on the message ‘When you come here, you are here’ by removing the distractions and putting you in a unique and safe environment. The network here, especially the alumni, are amazing and very accessible.”


News and Updates from our EMBA in New York City

Our BusinessFeed features program updates, profiles, and the latest accomplishments of EMBA Metro NY 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.


Cornell EMBA Metro NY: Admission Requirements and Application Details

The Cornell EMBA Metro NY admissions process is personal and holistic; we are assessing more than just your transcripts and work history. Reviewing your application and supplemental materials, we consider your academic readiness, professional achievements, career goals, and commitment to balancing work, life, and school.



Start the Process with a Pre-Assessment

Before you apply to Cornell’s Executive MBA Metro NY, we highly encourage you to submit a pre-assessment to begin the conversation with an admissions representative. This is a great way to introduce yourself and share your goals for the program. It also allows us to provide personalized feedback and guidance to you through the admissions process.



Connect with EMBA Admissions

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



Cost of the EMBA Metro NY Degree

A Cornell EMBA Metro NY degree is an investment in yourself. Explore the estimated cost of the program, including tuition, and learn about deposits, payment schedules, and financial aid options.

Explore Tuition & Financing

Cornell EMBA Metro NY: Application Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the Executive MBA Metro NY program in New York City are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact the admissions office with any questions related to the application or deadlines.


Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for July 2024 program start.

Apply Now

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Learn More at an Upcoming Admissions Event

Thinking about earning your executive MBA part-time in New York City? We invite you to attend an upcoming admissions event, such as an online information session, a Cornell Tech open house, or an in-person networking reception.


FAQs: More about the Cornell EMBA in New York City

We assembled a few common questions (and their answers) to help you learn more about our program, such as the time commitment, engagement opportunities, lodging and transportation details, and what else to expect while earning your MBA part-time in New York City.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

You’ve explored your options for earning an EMBA close to New York City and decided the Johnson School program is the right fit for you. What next? We encourage you to start the application process! You’ll begin by starting an account at the Johnson School admissions portal.

Additional Cornell Programs: Finding the Right EMBA for You

In addition to our executive MBA in New York City, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management offers two other EMBA programs: our internationally focused Cornell EMBA Americas program, offered in real-time from more than 20 locations in five countries, and a New York City-based dual degree program geared toward healthcare leaders.

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Cornell EMBA Americas

Ideal for professionals who want an Ivy League MBA without relocating or putting their career 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 EMBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

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