Selection Criteria

Cornell Executive MBA Programs are designed for managers and senior professionals with considerable experience.

We seek to enroll diverse classes, recognizing that people with different educational backgrounds, functional expertise, and industry knowledge can teach and learn from each other, creating an interactive and energized environment.

Due to the experience level of our Executive MBA applicants, we consider each application individually. The Executive MBA admissions process is designed to admit students who showcase the following qualities. When selecting candidates for the programs, we consider these key factors:

Organizational experience

Our Executive MBA programs are designed for experienced professionals. When considering experience, we are looking specifically at career progression, current responsibilities, and potential for additional advancement.

Academic readiness

Our Executive MBA programs are academically challenging. While covering the gamut of general management principles, there is a strong emphasis on quantitative and qualitative skills. We review prior academic performance to assess your ability to succeed in this environment. On occasion, we may require pre-requisite coursework or the completion of the GMAT exam.

Class contributions

Our Executive MBA programs are collaborative. Through classroom discussions and team assignments, you will be challenged to share your experiences with your classmates. In your essays and during your interview, we have the opportunity to get to know you and how you will contribute to the class.

Motivation and commitment

Our Executive MBA programs are intense. You should expect to spend at least 20-25 hours a week on the program. Sustaining this level of intensity requires you and those around you to be motivated and committed to your success. During your interview, we look forward to learning more about your plan to make the program fit into your life.

Ellen Sanderson, Metro NY ‘14

“The Cornell network is limitless, and I know that it will continue to expose me to the rest of the world long after I've graduated.”

Ellen Sanderson, Metro NY ‘14, Sr. Manager, Healthcare Transformation Services, Philips
Raymond Touomou, Americas ‘15

“I know that I can pick up the phone and call any of my classmates across the country and gain the advice I need. This kind of network is invaluable. ”

Raymond Touomou, Americas ‘15, Senior Clinical Site Monitor, Bristol-Myers Squibb