Graduate MBA Dual-Degree Programs

High-level business skills and specialized industry expertise.

Business knowledge and know-how are essential to leadership roles. Gain a professional edge by earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) alongside another specialized graduate degree.

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What Is a Dual-Degree MBA?

Sometimes referred to as double-degree master’s programs, these graduate-level offerings can expand your career potential by not only giving you a second academic credential, but also broadening your skills and knowledge. The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers several flexible dual degrees in partnership with other prestigious schools at Cornell University.

Finding the Right Cornell MBA Dual Degree: Exploring Your Options

Whether you’re an MBA candidate looking to gain specialized industry knowledge or you’re pursuing a graduate degree in another discipline and want to boost your business acumen, Cornell likely has a dual-degree master’s program that fits your needs. Among our most popular pairings are: 

The Johnson School also offers a five-year bachelor’s-plus-MBA program, which allows ambitious students from across Cornell to earn two degrees—a bachelor’s in their major of choice and an MBA—in just one additional year.

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Juris Doctor (JD) plus MBA

Prepare for a career at the intersection of law and business.

Successful business executives have a firm understanding of intellectual property, keen knowledge of technology law, and familiarity with financial regulation. Likewise, corporate legal counsel benefits from a solid grasp of business functions.

The Cornell Law School is one of the oldest, most notable law schools in the nation—and it’s a powerhouse in business law. Whether you’re an aspiring attorney interested in mergers and acquisitions or an entrepreneur looking to boost legal knowledge, the MBA-plus-JD program gives you an unprecedented opportunity to study with renowned experts at two top-tier schools.

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Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) plus MBA

Transform the future of work with expertise in both HR and business strategy.

Boost your career potential with two business-related graduate degrees from two widely respected schools: Johnson and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

With its focus on leadership and business strategy, this dual-degree graduate program is ideal for human resource management professionals who want to build more comprehensive expertise in executive business leadership. If you’re coming from a business background, the labor relations knowledge you’ll develop in the MILR-plus- MBA program is the perfect preparation for a career in management consulting.

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Master of Public Administration (MPA) plus MBA

Solve evolving business and societal challenges.

Profit isn’t the only measure of success. Become a business-savvy changemaker by combining your Johnson School MBA with a Master of Public Administration from the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.

This dual-degree program blends business and problem-solving skills with knowledge of complex societal issues, preparing our alumni to make an impact in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, government, nonprofit leadership, public agency administration, and other fields. Full of experiential learning opportunities—including a summer internship with each school—you’ll gain experience and make a difference long before you graduate.

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5-Year Bachelor’s/MBA Program

One additional year. Countless opportunities.

Our special fifth-year MBA program allows exceptional Cornell undergraduates to complement their major area of study with a master’s degree. Choose from hundreds of academic disciplines across the university—from agriculture and engineering to biology and mathematics. 

Cornell students interested in this dual-degree master’s program will typically apply to the Johnson School MBA during the fall semester of their junior year.

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How to Apply to an MBA Dual-Degree Program at the Johnson School

If you’re interested in earning your MBA as part of a dual-degree program, you must apply to and be accepted by both the Johnson School and the other Cornell school or department. On each application, you’ll indicate your intent to pursue a dual degree. 

Admissions criteria vary by dual degree option, but most will require at least three semesters in residence at the Johnson School. Find full requirements and application details at our admissions website


Life on Campus: The Johnson School Community

At the Johnson School, you will find the rigorous academics you’d expect from an Ivy League university combined with the close-knit community of a small college. This unique learning atmosphere is just one reason the Princeton Review ranked Cornell No. 1 for Best Campus Environment in its 2023 B-school rankings.

Our School

The Johnson School is home to ambitious learners, brilliant faculty members, and a caring staff. Our programs are fueled by an innovative curriculum, immersive experiences, and expert input from industry partners. But with a double-degree master’s program, the Johnson School will be just one part of your academic journey; you’ll also experience everything your other school offers!

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Our Campus

Experience academic life on one of the nation’s most iconic college campuses. Within the Johnson School, you’ll spend time in learning spaces like the Gothic-style Sage Hall and the sleek and modern Breazzano Family Center for Business Education. Located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, you’ll also have much to explore in and around Ithaca.

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Our Expertise

With hundreds of faculty members spanning business disciplines and functions, our collective knowledge and experience reach far and wide. The Johnson School is especially known for its deep industry expertise in consulting, entrepreneurship, investment banking, and technology.

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Next Steps: Applying to a Cornell MBA Dual-Degree Program

Ready to give yourself a professional edge by pursuing a dual graduate degree from Cornell? We encourage you to start the application process soon. Remember: double-degree master’s candidates should apply to both relevant schools.

The first step is to register or log in to the Cornell Graduate Admissions website.