A part-time, bilingual program for working professionals in China

The Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program is the only program of its kind in the market. This dual-degree MBA program is delivered in English and Chinese (Mandarin) and is offered in partnership with the PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) at Tsinghua University.

Apply and learn more: PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University


What makes the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program different?

Its bilingual approach and class composition—you’ll complete your courses among high-quality candidates who are prepared to lead in the international finance industry.

After two years of part-time study, graduates of the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program will receive an MBA from both Cornell University and Tsinghua University. This program, based in Beijing, accommodates the demanding lifestyles of fast-rising corporate stars and entrepreneurs, allowing you to balance life, work, and study.


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Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA Program Experience

Students share their experience in the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program and highlight moments of their residential sessions in New York City and in Ithaca, NY, in this video.

Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA Program Experience

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2019 Cornell-Tsinghua photo contest

To celebrate Ithaca and capture the beauty that surrounds the program’s experiential residential sessions, the Cornell-Tsinghua program hosted a photo contest with the theme, “A Fall Fairy Tale @ Cornell.”

First-, second-, and third-place winners were voted on by 1,202 Cornell-Tsinghua students and alumni. Staff selected two special awardees: the Best Cornell Spirit award and the Best Cornell Culture award.

First place (shown left)

“Better View When You Climb Up High” by Zijiang Yang杨子江, Class of 2021

Second place

“Fairyland at Cornell”
by Xiaopeng Fan樊晓鹏, Class of 2020

Campus beneath a dark blue twilight sky

Third place

“Sage in Twilight”
by Cong Wang王聪, Class of 2021

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The Best Cornell Spirit Award

“The Door to the World”
by Hao Yu俞昊, Class of 2019

Cornell quad shown through an open walkway

Best Cornell Culture Award

“View from the Statler Hotel”
by Ting Zhou周婷, Class of 2018

Cornell campus and clock tower at sunset

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Management and finance curriculum

The Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA curriculum, which combines theory and practice in 60 credits, is presented in four modules. The core/basic module provides deep insights related to finance, operations, economics, and management. Later in the program, you’ll complete modules on entrepreneurship and innovation along with elective courses that are based strongly in finance. All students participate in and complete a negotiation practicum, Wall Street trek, fintech hackathon, and thesis.


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Unique experiential format

The Cornell-Tsinghua program is divided into classroom sessions and study trips. Seventy-five percent of coursework will be completed in China—the majority of classroom sessions take place every other weekend. The remaining 25 percent of the program consists of study trips to the United States, specifically to Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca, NY, and New York City. While in Ithaca, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other Johnson MBA students on joint projects and case competitions and hear from guest speakers who are leaders in the finance arena.


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World-class faculty from Johnson and PBCSF

The program brings together faculty from Cornell and Tsinghua universities. You’ll learn the subject matter in both English and Mandarin from some of academia’s most respected professors. We also invite industry leaders and program alumni to come speak on current finance and economic topics. You’ll learn from people who are role models in leadership, integrity, and social responsibility.


Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

We are seeking candidates with two to five years of work experience in finance or other relevant industries. Learn more about the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program, see recent news and events, and submit your application on the Tsinghua PBCSF website. For questions, email fmba@pbcsf.tsinghua.edu.cn.

Important admissions dates for the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA program:

  • Round 1
    • Deadline: April 3, 2020
    • Interviews: April 17-19, 2020
  • Round 2
    • Deadline: June 19, 2020
    • Interviews: July 3-5, 2020
  • Round 3
    • Deadline: August 28, 2020
    • Interviews: September 17-20, 2020
  • Round 4 (non-Mainland Chinese passport holders only)
    • Deadline: November 6, 2020
    • Interviews: November 20, 2020

Johnson Cornell-Tsinghua BusinessFeed

A collage of 20+ people on Zoom
May 18, 2020

Cross-program hackathon teams address the future of urban centers

Students team up across programs, cultures, and time zones to compete in the annual Business Model Hackathon with Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBAs.

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October 23, 2019

Cornell-Tsinghua FMBA residential session included teamwork, dragon boats, and BBQ

The new Cornell-Tsinghua FMBA Class of 2021 reflects on their orientation and parts of their first residential session on the Cornell campus.

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May 24, 2019

Johnson recognizes 2019 award winners across nine academic programs

Several students across Johnson’s seven MBA programs and two MPS programs were recognized for their achievements, contributions, and academic performance.