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Cornell Johnson, MBA

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Cornell Business School MBA Introduction

Cornell University offers three cutting-edge, highly-regarded residential MBAs to suit all sorts of students. The Two-Year program suits career-changers, while the One-Year program is for those wanting to turbo-boost their career in their current sector. (The difference is that the shorter version omits an internship and some related immersion elements.)

Another one-year-long option is the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA in New York City. Following the summer’s core courses, which all 12-month candidates share, one group stays in Ithaca for the duration of the One-Year MBA, while students in the tech-focused MBA head to Cornell Tech in New York City. Johnson also offers MBAs as part of dual-degrees, with law; medicine; real estate; health administration; or industrial and labor relations.

There are about 120 electives shared between all the different MBA classes, giving students huge flexibility in their choices and meaning that unlike at some schools where candidates remain stuck in streams, they can indulge their curiosity. For more details Click Here…

Class Profile Summary
Class Size 292
Average GMAT Score 700
Average Work Experience (yrs.) 5 years
Average Age (yrs.) 28 years (24-35)
Employment Summary
Average Salary $138,767
Average Bonus $35,976
% placed within 3 months 93%
Tuition Fees Summary
Total Tuition $141,380
Living Cost $ 43,600
Total Cost $184,980

Cornell MBA Class Profile 2022 (Click Here)

Cornell Business School MBA Application Deadlines


Deadlines Applications
Round 1 08 Sept 2021
Round 2 12 Oct 2021
Round 3 05 Jan 2022

Cornell MBA Application Essay Tips


Short Essay: Use this short answer question to succinctly share your short and long term goals. If invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to elaborate further and should be prepared to connect your prior experience with your future aspirations. A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout the admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience. To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences and answering the enclosed short answer question (350 words maximum):

Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:


In 5 – 10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:


How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

Quick essay TipsTo write career essays for Cornell Johnson MBA program, a very simple structure to follow is

Explain your current position and work experience → 2. State your short and long term goals → 3. Skillsets you have acquired throughout your career so far → 4. Explain what you currently lack to attain your short and long term goal → 5. Show how an MBA from school like Cornell Johnson can help you bridge the gap in your skills to achieve your short term goal. 

Start with a strong introductory paragraph on who you are and what are your desired goals from an MBA.

Eg: “I am an engineer with four years of experience in the IT sector leading projects for clients across multiple countries. In the short term i want to transition from a software developer role to a product manager role” 

For the main body, start on a strong note, show what skills you already have. B-schools in general prefer to see strong academic track record, progress in professional career, client management exposure, leadership and international experiences. Highlight some of your key achievements with numbers or awards that you may have received. Show your outstanding performance via the promotions or opportunities to lead or international deputation.

After establishing the strengths of your profile, move on to show how the limitation of your current role and skills are hindering your future career progress or desired transitions. Establish the need for upskilling yourself which can only be done via an MBA at this stage of your career. Talk about how an MBA can enhance your business acumen, leadership skills, soft skills for communication and presentation or provide you the network to grow your career or business.

Impact Essay: At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. Taking into consideration your background, how do you intend to make a meaningful impact on an elite MBA community? (350 words maximum)

To approach this question, jot down the extracurricular activities that you have been involved with. These could include your passions and hobbies – are you a scuba diver? Guitarist? Theatre artist? Founder of an NGO? Marathon runner? A dancer?

Once you have picked two to three activities, weave a cohesive story using STAR methodology. Situation → Task → Action → Result

Explain your background, in this case your passion, to the reader.  Then explain how you developed this passion over time – In due course of pursuing your passion, what were the achievements or results? Did you create value for a group or community? Did you overcome significant challenges? Have you won some awards? Then show the reader that this passion you possess will help you contribute to the Cornell Johnson community – through Cornell Johnson Student Clubs or activities.

Optional Essay: You may use this essay to call attention to items needing clarification and to add additional details to any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson (350 words maximum). 

Use the optional essays only for specific reasons. If you have a career gap or are currently unemployed or have a low GPA, only then consider explaining yourself in this essay.

Additionally, you can also use this essay to explain your choice of recommender. It may so happen that you do not want to tell your current employer of your MBA plans and hence seeked recommendation from others. You can explain this to the admission committee if this is the case.

One common pitfall candidates do is to elaborate on certain extracurriculars that they have already mentioned in other parts of the application. Please do not not use optional essays to repeat whatever is already described in your application or resume.

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