Make a one-year investment in your career, and you’ll see the results right away. The combination of a STEM-designation path, flexible curriculum, student leadership opportunities, course options in NYC and Ithaca, and a tight-knit community gives you all the benefits needed to fast-track your career trajectory.
What makes the Johnson One-Year MBA program different?
Its incredible speed to market. In 12 months, you’ll be on your way to career advancement with an Ivy League MBA—and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a residential MBA program in Ithaca.
Johnson’s STEM-designated, full-time One-Year MBA program in Ithaca offers a sequenced, yet flexible, curriculum, which includes the option to take courses at Cornell Tech in New York City. You’ll not only learn foundational business principles but also skills related to the industry that makes the most sense for your career advancement as you choose electives.
The program’s STEM designation recognizes a path in management science with an emphasis in data analytics, technology, and other similar disciplines integral to contemporary business leadership.
International students on an F-1 visa pursing the program are eligible for a STEM OPT extension, enabling them to work in their field for a total of up to 36 months in the U.S. This extra 24 months makes them more hirable, affords them extended professional training, and gives them additional chances in the annual lottery for limited U.S. H-1B skilled worker visas.
One-Year MBA core curriculum
Complete Johnson’s core in integrated teams with students in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program. Together you’ll take classes in financial accounting, critical thinking, strategy, data analytics, and more—it’s a 13-week crash course on business foundations complete with leadership training and a case competition.
You’ll complete the Management Practicum course throughout the fall semester. In this course, unique to the One-Year MBA program, you’ll work on a real consulting project for a company, conducting interviews and data analysis as a team and then presenting your findings.
One-Year MBAs are eligible to participate in some of the Two-Year MBA immersion curriculum depending on their career goals. Immersion courses are led by business practitioners and Johnson’s research faculty who are at the top of their fields. Immersions focus in-depth on a particular career path and industry. You’ll also round out your electives during your last semester or choose to spend seven weeks at Cornell Tech for intensives in fintech or digital marketing.
Students completing their MBA in one year with the accelerated program have the opportunity to work with peers in each of Johnson’s residential programs: Johnson Cornell Tech MBAs in the summer and the Two-Year MBA second years beginning in the fall. Weekend courses and intensives often reunite Tech and One-Year MBA students throughout the year in NYC, too. You’ll also have the chance to participate in, and lead, student events and organizations. And you will receive career guidance and leadership training specific to your program.
The bottom line is that collaboration and collegiality are essential components of the Cornell MBA experience. Our students are dedicated and hardworking (it’s the Ivy League, after all), but they’re also supportive and willing to lend a hand to their peers. Diversity of culture, thought, and experience is incredibly important—Johnson was one of the first top business schools to have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Students set ground rules and expectations as a group soon after they get to campus.
It’s clear: Here we know collective success is just as valuable as your next big promotion.
Admission requirements for the One-Year accelerated MBA program:
To be sure you are academically ready for this rigorous program, One-Year MBA applicants must hold a professional certification or advanced degree. You must have completed your advanced degree or certification by May 2020.
Eligible certifications and advanced degrees include, but are not limited to: chartered financial analyst, certified public accountant (CPA), Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants (UK and India), Society of Actuaries, project management (PMP), JD, MD, MEng, MHA, MPA, MEd, MA, MS, or PhD.
Some One-Year MBA students are enrolled in one of several dual-degree programs at Cornell, which combine an MBA with another graduate degree. If you are enrolled in a dual degree, this will meet your advanced degree requirement.