Because research is the primary focus of the doctoral program, PhD candidates are freed from any requirement to teach as part of their graduate support. PhD candidates are required to complete 3 full course equivalents as a course assistant and make adequate progress toward graduation and work with faculty members on research projects.

  • Stipend amount effective July 1, 2023: $44,885
  • Full tuition waiver
  • Inclusion in the university’s health plan at no charge
  • Degree conferred is a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of management, granted by Cornell University

If you would like to apply, you will need to use our online application. This method offers the convenience of tracking your status, submitting academic records online, and having your application received by the committee for review.

Applicants interested in the Johnson PhD program in economics should complete their application for admission to the graduate field of economics at They should indicate in their statement of purpose that they are interested in working with Johnson faculty members in the economics group, and how their research plans are related to those of one or more of the group’s faculty members.

Application and supplemental material deadline is December 15.

Application Process

To submit a complete application, you need to:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Prepare a statement of purpose
  • Prepare a personal statement
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a copy of your transcripts from each institution attended
  • Have an official score report on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) sent to the Cornell Graduate School
    GRE – use school code 2098
    GMAT – use school code 5JW-BM-26

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Refer to the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirement Guidelines.

Financial Aid

You apply for financial aid automatically when you send in your application form. We do not require a separate application for financial aid.

Contacts and Further Information

For general information about the Cornell University Graduate School:

Cornell University Graduate School
Caldwell Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2602

For specific information about the Management doctoral program, contact:

Doctoral Program
253-D Sage Hall
Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

Phone: 607.255.5340
E-mail: Graduate Research Programs Office

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