Residential MBA: 2 campuses, 1 community

Turn ambition into impact with a tailored curriculum, a unique set of Ithaca and NYC course options, and a community of faculty, staff, peers, and friends who have your back.

What makes the Johnson Two-Year MBA program different?

Its tight-knit community, one-of-a-kind curriculum, and dual-campus approach. You’ll be prepared to hit the ground running and stand out among your colleagues—first during your internship and then again as you begin your new career.

Johnson’s STEM-designated, full-time Two-Year MBA program features a one-of-a-kind curriculum, with fully integrated leadership development components, the opportunity to take advantage of programming offered in partnership with Cornell Tech in New York City, and a required summer internship. With Johnson’s unique Two-Year MBA immersion learning approach, you’ll be able to focus your studies on an industry of your choice in your first year—you’ll learn more, sooner. Whether you’re looking to enhance your existing career or switch to a new one, you’ll chart a path that will lead you to make the biggest impact.

The program’s STEM designation recognizes a path in management science with an emphasis on data analytics, technology, and other similar disciplines integral to contemporary business leadership.

International students on an F-1 visa pursuing 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, provides work authorization for a required summer internship, and gives them additional chances in the annual lottery for limited U.S. H-1B skilled worker visas.


MBA courses & core curriculum

First semester

Work with your core teams and participate in leadership activities while tackling subjects like finance, marketing, and strategy—teamwork, leadership, and feedback are seamlessly integrated.

Learn more about core courses


MBA immersions

Second semester

Dive in with one of seven immersion options, a defining characteristic of the Two-Year program. These courses and their accompanying projects and cases are based on a specific career path and industry. Learn from Johnson’s outstanding faculty and leading practitioners.

Learn more about immersions

MBA internships


Complete an internship. All Two-Year MBA programs feature an internship component, so what makes Johnson’s different? Your immersion will prepare you far more than your colleagues. You’ll hit the ground running, perform well, and be more likely to receive full-time employment.

Learn more from the Career Management Center


MBA electives, co-curricular activities, and NYC weekend courses

Third semester

Take what you’ve learned from your internship and use electives to fill in the gaps during your final year. You’ll have access to more than 120 electives across a wide range of concentrations at Johnson, plus electives across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and the rest of Cornell University, along with the option to take weekend courses at Cornell Tech. Round out your experience by participating in, and leading, one (or more) of Johnson’s 80+ professional, regional, and diversity clubs.

Learn more about electives

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MBA Intensive Opportunities & Final Electives

Final semester

Many MBAs choose to spend half of their final semester in New York City to take intensives in fintech or digital marketing. You’ll also complete any remaining electives as you prepare for your full-time job. Make your final course selections in areas such as communication, entrepreneurship, family business, management, marketing, economics, brand management, consulting, finance, ethics, technology product management, and so much more.

Learn more about NYC intensives

Two-Year MBA Benefits

The Two-Year MBA program offers a robust curriculum and several co-curricular and extra-curricular benefits. From international treks, leadership expeditions, student leadership organizations, and lots of interaction with alumni who can offer guidance and advice — you’ll be in good company. Maximize your experience with immersion learning opportunities to elevate your career outcomes. Learn more about 2-year MBA career outcomes here.

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A mid-size class means big-time community

While many MBA programs are known for their cut-throat, competitive environment, this is not the case at Johnson. 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.

Photo Credit: @judi_byers on Instagram

Board of index cards under a banner: Johnson MBA Class of 2020 building our community from day one

Johnson MBA Experience

Teamwork is an essential part of the Cornell MBA experience. But our community goes beyond that. Second years act as coaches to the first years. Faculty get to know the people in their classes. Diversity of culture, thought, and experience is of the utmost importance—Johnson was one of the first top business schools to have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Students set ground rules for interacting with each other and define expectations on the earliest days of preterm.

It’s clear: Here we know success as a group is just as valuable as your next big promotion.

Photo Credit: @judi_byers on Instagram

Two-Year MBA BusinessFeed

headshot of Chao Wang with a graphic of this text overlaid in one corner: 10 Under 10
October 27, 2021

Chao Wang creates strategic, global partnerships for Android TV and Google TV

10 Under 10 honoree Chao Wang, MBA ’12, leads partnerships and strategy via global, cross-functional teams at Google and virtual “field trips” for school kids.

A picture of Duncan Lee working at his cubicle at the NYC office, with an AccountAbility mug.
October 15, 2021

Dreams and aspirations of becoming a global sustainability advisor

Johnson’s Social Impact Internship Fund enabled Duncan Lee, MBA '22, to showcase his business and sustainability capability to AccountAbility.

Computer screen with illustrations of individuals engaged in various activities, including cooking, taking photos, performing music, caring for plants, and learning about culinary arts and beverages.
August 12, 2021

Virtuelly helps companies, events organizers adapt to a virtual-first world

Virtuelly is a marketplace that curates virtual experiences for remote and distributed teams to do team building and other fun activities.

Ready to take the next step?

Admissions quick links:

Important admissions dates for the Two-Year MBA program:

  • October Round: 10/12/2021
  • January Round: 1/5/2022
  • April Round: 4/12/2022

Keep track of the MBA application deadlines to make sure you are prepared.

Learn more about Full-time MBA Admissions

Two-Year MBA Class of 2023 Profile


  • Enrolled: 304
  • Average age: 28
  • Female: 39%
  • Underrepresented minorities: 25%
    (Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • U.S. minorities: 49%
    (Asian American, Black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic American)
  • Countries represented: 30
  • International students: 35%
  • U.S. military veterans: 9%


  • GMAT Median: 710
  • GMAT range (middle 80%): 650–750
  • GPA Median: 3.34
  • Average years of work experience: 5
  • Average years of work experience (middle 80%): 3–8

Undergraduate Majors

  • Business: 54%
  • Engineering: 18%
  • Sciences: 9%
  • Social Sciences: 8%
  • Humanities: 8%
  • Other: 3%

Prior Industries

  • Financial Services: 31%
  • Consulting: 12%
  • Government/Non-profit: 11%
  • Technology: 10%
  • Manufacturing: 6%
  • Healthcare: 5%
  • Other: 25%
    (includes consumer products, real estate, education, and more)