A comprehensive, integrated, general management approach

Designed for experienced professionals, the Cornell Executive MBA curriculum prepares students for the next phase of their career. With an emphasis on general management, the curriculum is designed to provide a holistic view of how an organization works. The coursework is applicable to students representing any industry or functional area of expertise, including entrepreneurship.

Integrated and Sequenced

The program begins with core coursework in the first year. The second year incorporates advanced and strategic coursework, building upon what was taught in year one. The courses are well-designed and sequenced, advancing systematically from course to course.

Two major themes are featured in the second year. First, students explore the topic of innovation. A design thinking immersion and major team-based innovation project allow students to explore the role of innovation in both new and established organizations. Then, in the final term of the program, students embark on a global experience allowing them to relate their MBA studies in an international environment.


Throughout the program, individual and team assignments allow for application of course concepts and techniques. Frequently, students can use their own organization and professional experiences as the context for their work, providing an immediate benefit to their organizations.

Elective courses allow students to customize their experience even further. Students complete a total of six electives during the program. The electives are offered during the winter residential sessions and vary from year-to-year based upon student preferences. Elective classes are comprised of Executive MBA students only, maintaining the high level of experience and interactivity that they expect in the program. Approximately 10 electives are offered each year; each student selects three.


Dorian Fuller, MBA '15

"Through this program I have gained unprecedented access to some of the foremost scholars as well as industry leaders across a variety of exciting fields...and those are just my classmates!"

Dorian Fuller, MBA '15