Cornell University
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Contact Information

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
111 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
800-847-2082 (U.S. and Canada)

Fax: (607) 255-0065

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Degree Programs

• Two-year MBA Ithaca
• One-year MBA in Ithaca
• Johnson Cornell Tech MBA
• Cornell Executive MBA Americas
• Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY
• Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA
• PhD
• Executive Education


The Johnson Graduate School of Management is accredited by the AACSB - The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Cornell University accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Admission Requirements

Your application to the Two-Year/One-Year MBA program should include:
Johnson at Cornell Application
• Application fee of $200 USD
• Resume
• Two required essays (third optional)
• List of activities
• One letter of professional recommendation (second optional)
• Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework and degrees
• GMAT or GRE score report
• English Language Exam score report for applicants whose native language is not English (TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English)

Please see our application guide for additional information.

Tuition Costs

Tuition and Living Allowance for Academic Year 2015-2016.

Learning Environment for Students

Johnson leverages the extensive resources of one of the largest Ivy League universities to deliver a robust, thoughtfully designed curriculum tailored to individual interests and needs. In this context, our culture can fully develop into the fullest expressions of its three fundamentals:

• our performance-learning approach goes far beyond typical job-based learning to yield understanding while demanding real business results;
Cornell connections provides instant access to our vast research, teaching, and alumni resources;
• our intense, collaborative community cultivates exceptional team skills that put Johnson students at the top of their game — and at the top of recruiter lists.


Johnson values the leadership skills and dedication of veterans. So much so, that our faculty includes George William Casey, Jr., former four-star US Army General and 36th US Army Chief of Staff. We are committed to supporting our veteran students intellectually, socially, and financially. Veterans bring a unique facet to the entire Johnson student body and we are all enriched by their leadership experiences. Become part of an extensive network of more than 300,000 alumni, including 13,000 Johnson graduates.

Jerome (Jerry) Rizzo serves as Director of Leadership Programs and Senior Lecturer of Management at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is responsible for developing, implementing and managing all of the school's classroom and non-classroom leadership-related programming. Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked Johnson’s Leadership Development Program #4 in the world among all business schools. Rizzo also serves as program advisor to Johnson’s Association of Veterans.

Before joining Johnson, Rizzo served for 21 years as an officer and F/A-18 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. During 2012 he retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Rizzo worked as an assistant football coach at the University of California (Cal).

Rizzo’s Marine Corps service involved numerous operational deployments to Japan, Korea, Lebanon, and Cyprus; service with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and with the U.S. Sixth Fleet, both in the Mediterranean; peace enforcement operations in Kosovo; and combat operations throughout Iraq as part of the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. His other duty stations included the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN); the United States Naval Academy; and Cornell University Naval ROTC, where he served as Associate Professor of Naval Science. Rizzo’s military awards and honors include Marine Corps Basic School Honor Graduate, Naval Training Command Student Aviator of the Year, United States Naval Academy Varsity Coach of the Year, the Combat Action Ribbon, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with Combat ‘V’), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals.


The members of Johnson’s Association of Veterans are a tight-knit group who can make a big difference in enrollment decision. Beyond their support for one another, they hold a variety of activities including:

• job search prep
• recruiting Johnson candidates
• social events
• education on the positive role of the military in our society as well as the achievements of military veterans


Johnson Military Preview is designed for prospective Military applicants and will introduce you to our Cornell MBA programs and academic community. Throughout the experience, you will have the opportunity to meet with veteran students, faculty, and staff and gain first-hand knowledge of how to successfully position yourself in the MBA Admissions process.

Peter and Stephanie Nolan Veterans Scholarship
The Johnson Veterans Scholarship
Numerous merit based scholarships are available including the prestigious Park Fellowship

The Johnson Graduate School of Management also offers GI Bill Assistance recognizing Post-9/11 GI Bill funding and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Current Military Stats
Class of 2016: 23
Class of 2017: 19
Executive MBA: 23

Military Student Profile
Profile highlights reflect cumulative enrollments for the classes of 2008 - 2015.

Average age: 30 years old
Married: 49%
Female: 6%
Minority: 17%
Average years of military service: 6

Service Composition
Air Force: 10%
Army: 51%
Coast Guard: 4%
Marine Corps: 15%
Navy: 18%

Commission Composition:
Military Academy Graduates: 38%
ROTC Graduates: 36%
Officer Candidate School: 15%
Enlisted: 12%

Average GMAT: 686

Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.19

Percentage of Johnson military students who earned:
Summer internships: 92
Full-time employment: 87
Percentage of scholarships: 75

Functional Interests:
Consulting: 18%
Finance: 45%
Operations: 3%
General Management: 24%
Marketing: 7%
Human Resources: 1%