Program Format

Our program features a combination of on-campus residential sessions and “live and connected” interactive videoconferencing sessions broadcast from a state of the art studio.

The sessions are held on weekends in selected cities across North and South America. Classes conclude within 17 months, and participants complete a final, team-based project after the last class.

Residential Sessions At Cornell and Queen’s University

Approximately 40% of class time is spent during three residential sessions. The sessions vary from 7 to 15 days in length, and are split between the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, and the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Residential sessions allow for intense coursework and provide a unique opportunity for close interactions and relationship-building with faculty members and classmates from across North America.

While on the Cornell campus for the residence weeks, you will attend some classes at Sage Hall. Other classes will be held at the Statler Hotel. You will also stay at the Statler, an on-campus hotel managed by Cornell’s internationally known School of Hotel Administration. While on the Queen’s campus, you will attend classes and stay at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, a full-service facility managed by Smith School of Business and utilized year-round for degree and non-degree executive education.

Interactive Boardroom Sessions in Your City

Classes are typically held every other weekend, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Program participants within a region are organized into Boardroom Learning Teams comprised of five to nine individuals. Each team attends classes at a designated boardroom location in its region. During the boardroom sessions, multi-point interactive videoconferencing links the faculty and Boardroom Learning Teams in locations across North America.

Our Learning Model

An overview of the Cornell Executive MBA Americas, including the program’s multi-point interactive videoconferencing.


Maria Berardo

“When I press the button, the camera turns to me so that the professor and all the students in other boardrooms can hear and see me. It makes the learning highly interactive and really keeps your attention.”

Maria Berardo, Executive MBA Americas '15, Program Manager, Amazon Web Services