Applying to the One-Year MBA program? Take these 4 steps.

By: Katelyn Godoy
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Could Johnson’s One-Year MBA program be right for you? This intense program builds on your advanced academic standing and professional experience to propel your career forward in just one year. If you’re thinking of applying, here are four steps to making the admissions process go smoothly.

#1. Check your eligibility

Checking your eligibility is very important, and the first step you should take, if you are considering the One-Year MBA program. Since the program is incredibly fast-paced, we want to be sure that your prior experience and goals align with the objectives of the program before you submit your application.

With an initial sense of your background, a member of our admissions team will review your submission to confirm your eligibility or provide you with alternate program options to consider. If we determine that you are eligible to apply to the program, we’ll invite you to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss the program as it relates to your own background and experience and to answer any questions you might have.

#2. Learn about career outcomes, community, and curriculum

Take some time to research the One-Year MBA program and learn how we support our students with their academic and career goals. Here are some starting points:

  • Our One-Year MBA Employment Report details career outcomes for recent graduates of the program
  • Look into student clubs and opportunities for leadership

An added program benefit is its location: Ithaca, New York, a vibrant college town—home to Cayuga Lake, boating, wineries, several farmers markets, hiking and biking trails, and countless restaurants. And it’s only a few hours away from New York City. Johnson’s one school, two campus approach to curriculum and hands-on experience offers the opportunity for weekend courses or half-semester intensives at Cornell Tech in NYC.

As part of the One-Year MBA cohort, you’ll spend a year outside of the fast-paced business world to invest in yourself, your education, and your long-term professional development.

#3. Connect with current students

Our Admissions Ambassadors will be a great resource to you throughout the admissions process. You may contact them at any point and can expect to receive honest insights about their experience as well as suggestions that may help inform your own next steps.

Our ambassadors also lead our campus visit program which includes information sessions, class visits, and opportunities to have coffee and conversations with current students. Visiting campus is a great way to get a better feel for the program and culture.

#4. Note these important deadlines

  • Early Action: 9/5/2019 (Priority Review)
  • October Round: 10/8/2019
  • November Round: 11/5/2019
  • January Round: 1/8/2020*
  • Rolling: 3/5/2020

*After January 8, applications will be received and reviewed on a space available basis with a final submission deadline of March 5, 2020.


  1. Dear Cornell MBA Admissions Committee,

    I was accepted to Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) MBA program. However, I am highly interested in your one-year MBA program which JHU does not offer. I’ve had over 18 years of professional experience. For a total of 10 years, I’ve held a managerial position. I am a United States Marine veteran. I graduated with a degree in Public Health Administration (3.86 GPA). I am seeking a MBA degree to fortify my existing skills in healthcare management.

    I would like to start in the spring but I have never taken a GMAT nor a GRE. My GPA and life/professional experiences seemed to have always sufficed for my academic success. Kindly advise if a GMAT can not be waived. I just sent my eligibility and resume for review.

    Many thanks,

  2. Jumel,

    We appreciate your interest in the One-Year Ithaca MBA program at Cornell. We also thank you for submitting an Eligibility Check and look forward to discussing your candidacy with you in more detail. Based on the information you have provided, we do encourage you to consider our Executive MBA programs, given your work experience of 18 years. Inquiries related to the Executive MBA programs can be directed to

    In addition, in order to be fair and equitable to all candidates, our GMAT/GRE requirement for the One-Year Ithaca MBA cannot be waived. All applicants must submit valid GMAT/GRE score reports with their application in order to be considered. Should you have additional questions, please contact our office directly at

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