How to apply to Johnson's Ithaca residential MBA program

The decision to apply to business school is an important one. Do your research! The most successful Johnson applicants are those who can demonstrate how they’ll fit into our community and how Johnson’s curriculum matches their professional ambitions.

Explore our full-time residential MBA programs

Applicants may apply to only one program. Before you begin your application, explore our MBA programs, and make sure to choose the one that will help you meet your career goals.

If you’re interested in applying to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program, please note that admissions activities and application requirements/processing are handled directly by the Cornell Tech Admissions Team. You can find detailed information on the Cornell Tech website. If you have any questions about this program, email the Cornell Tech admissions teams at

Important notice:

Cornell Johnson is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2022-2023 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias, through the online application. Candidates should indicate their request and be prepared to submit a short statement for why you will flourish in our rigorous academic environment (100 words). The admissions committee will connect with you via email to indicate if a test waiver has been approved. If your test wavier is not approved, your application will remain incomplete until a test score is submitted. More details can be found under MBA Application Requirements.

In response to the recent events, Cornell Johnson is also offering qualified candidates who have been laid off by a U.S. tech company an application fee waiver and an application GRE/GMAT test waiver for the January 2023 deadline. Start your application today and reach out to the admissions team to obtain the waivers.

2022-2023 MBA application deadlines

In addition to the deadlines below, applicants should review all of Johnson’s important full-time MBA admissions dates and deadlines, which include notification, official documentation, and deposit dates. Applicants who are eligible to apply for admission for the Two-Year MBA program through The Consortium should refer to our Consortium deadlines and application process.

Two-Year MBA Application Deadlines

  • September Round — 9/22/2022
  • January Round — 1/10/2023
  • April Round — 4/11/2023 (final deadline)*

One-Year Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Application Deadlines

  • October Round — 10/11/2022
  • January Round — 1/5/2023
  • March Round — 3/7/2023 (final deadline)*

*Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

MBA admissions events

The best way you can learn more about our MBA programs is to attend an admissions event. You may plan a visit to campus, attend an online information session, or connect with current students. Our business school admissions team also travels around the world to meet prospective students at various MBA admissions recruitment events.

Important notice:

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cornell University has limited on-campus visits and events. This includes visits and events related to admissions and recruitment at Johnson. To learn more about our programs as you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to review our virtual admissions events page or reach out to current students using the Cornell MBA community search tool. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

For more information:

Upcoming U.S. and international MBA admissions events

Virtual info sessions and connecting with students

You can register for an Ask Admissions online chat or attend a webinar hosted by our partner organizations. Most virtual events cover both of our full-time MBA programs. If you’re interested in connecting with students from our Ithaca-based programs, you can find them using our Community Search Tool.

On-campus events and opportunities

Prospective students can visit the Ithaca campus to learn more about the Cornell MBA. Candidates interested in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program should refer to Cornell Tech’s event listings for on-campus opportunities.

Visiting Cornell University in Ithaca

Plan ahead to visit Johnson and the Cornell University campus in Ithaca. During your time on campus, you can:

Premier on-campus hosting events

If you’re interested in Johnson’s Two-Year MBA program in Ithaca, you may be able to attend one of our signature student-hosting events on campus. During these events, our Ithaca-based students host women, diverse, LGBTQ, and veteran candidates. You’ll learn about our programs and community resources as you network with students and alumni.

Johnson Women in Business

September 30 – October 1, 2022

Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) is our annual women student hosting event.

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Johnson Means Business

October 21 – 22, 2022

Johnson Means Business (JMB) is our annual underrepresented and LGBTQ+ student hosting event.

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Johnson Military Preview

November 11, 2022

Johnson Military Preview (JMP) is our annual veteran student hosting event.

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How to apply for an MBA: Preparing your application

After you’ve explored Johnson’s programs and learned more about us online or at an MBA admissions event, you should have a good idea of which program is best for you. Below are some helpful links to guide you through the process of applying to our full-time MBA programs in Ithaca.

MBA admissions process and application guide

Johnson’s application guide includes checklists, important links to requirements, and directions for submitting your materials on time. Learn more about the MBA admissions process including application timelines, interviews, post-acceptance requirements, and more.

Full-time MBA Application Guide and admissions process

Application requirements

Review our application requirements to determine if you’re eligible for our residential programs. Learn more about MBA admission requirements, official GMAT/GRE scores, English language proficiency exams, letters of recommendation, application essays, and more.

Application requirements

Start your application for the Two-Year MBA program in Ithaca

If you’re ready to begin the application process for the Two-Year MBA, please create your application account.

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If you’re interested in applying to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program, please note that admissions activities and application requirements/processing are handled directly by the Cornell Tech Admissions Team.