Johnson School at Cornell - Admissions & Profile

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Quick Facts

Successful Applicant Profile

With one of the smaller class sizes of similar MBA programs, the Johnson School strives to foster a family atmosphere for its students. The successful applicant should be willing to join the Johnson School family by participating in activities and being a team player.

The Johnson program focuses on the analytical approach to a business situation with emphasis on designing practical solutions to problems. Be prepared to show your analytical abilities as well as your willingness to be part of a team.

Since the Johnson School offers students a general management program with concentrations in certain subjects such as portfolio analysis and computer-based modeling, the successful applicant will show experience and skill in general management.

  • GMAT Score: 700
  • Work Experience: 5 years
  • Undergraduate Education: Tier 1 University
  • Future Career Path: Finance, Consulting

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Reputation & Job Prospects

See the rankings page for the school's rank in various publications.

The Johnson School is one of six Ivy League schools and has earned an excellent reputation world-wide. It is ranked among the top 20 business schools by Forbes, Business Week, and U.S. News & World Report.

The School's emphasis on inclusion and diversity has helped it pursue its goals for a more diverse business community throughout the country. Prospective employers are drawn to the Johnson School's diverse student body, thereby helping to secure employment. In the class of 2008, 100% of the students accepted job offers primarily in the fields of finance/accounting, consulting and marketing/sales.

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Notable Faculty

  • Mannix, Elizabeth A. - Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management
  • Michaely, Roni - Rudd Family Professor of Management, Professor of Finance
  • O'Hara, Maureen - Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management, Professor of Finance
  • Swieringa, Robert J. - Professor of Accounting

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School History

When Cornell University was started in 1865, it began as a school whose founders wanted it to be open to anyone in any area of study. That desire for inclusiveness of all people has significantly influenced the Johnson School which was started in 1946 as the Graduate School of Management of Cornell University. That name remained until 1984 when it was renamed for Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr., whose world-wide company bears his name.

One of the strengths of the Johnson School is its development of a variety of programs such as the Executive MBA program (1999), the MBA exchange program with 21 universities around the world, and many dual-degree programs on both the graduate and undergraduate level.

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The list of individuals who received diplomas from HBS (both through the executive education and two-year MBA programs) is perhaps the most impressive of any business school in the world.

Business: Finance

  • Hesse, Daniel - MBA '77, CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.
  • Ramin, Robert - AB '82, MBA '85, Executive Director, National Aquarium, Washington, D.C.
  • Rosenfeld, Irene - '75, MS '77, PhD '80, CEO, Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Schlichting, Nancy - MBA '79, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
  • Stewart, Terry C. - MBA '72, JD '74, President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Suh, Kyung-Bae - MBA '87, President and CEO, AmorePacific Corp.

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