Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

About the School

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is located in Ithaca, New York founded in 1865. It is a privately funded research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in the State, they have a duty within the Ivy League, to add in all the spheres of knowledge in a form that prioritizes public engagement to assist enhance the quality of life in New York, the nation, and the world.

An Overview


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Number Of Participants 1535
Average Age 28
International Participants 32%
Gender 35% (Women)
Average Work Experience 5 Years

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers 5 specialized master’s degree programs to help you develop practical skills and in-depth experiences. Advance in your career as you apply business principles to industry-specific frameworks.

  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Real Estate
  • Business Management

Johnson has over $14 million in scholarship funds to award each year to its new students. They provide partial scholarships to a substantial percentage of their students. Merit-based scholarships are awarded regardless of citizenship. If a student is chosen to receive a scholarship it will be included in their admission decision notification. Over 35% of Johnson students receive scholarship aid. Merit Scholarship beneficiaries are selected by an Admissions Scholarship Committee. The same standards are used to define merit as are used to assess applicants for admission: proved leadership and interpersonal skills, previous academic performance, exam scores, the scope and depth of work experience, writing skills, interpersonal skills, extracurricular and community engagement, references, past accomplishments, focus, and goals.

The Two-Year MBA Class of 2019 saw an increase in their average base salary of 4% compared to graduates in the Class of 2018. Graduates who were not U.S. work-authorized reported an average base salary of $119,349 in 2019.

Why Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Notable Alumni

H. Fisk Johnson

Chairman of the Board, CEO & Chairman at S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Irene Rosenfeld

Former Chairman & CEO at Mondelēz International

Mark Bertolini

Chairman and CEO at Aetna

Joe Saddi

Senior Partner and Chairman of Strategy&

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management MBA admission office are described below.

Goals Statement Prompt:

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)

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?
This essay is designed to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Students and alumni at Cornell share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. To help you explore your potential for impact, the university encourages you to engage with it’s students, alumni, faculty, and professional staff before submitting your application. You may choose to connect with them via email or phone or in person during one of our on-campus or off-campus events. As you seek their input and insight, please be respectful of their time and prepare a few discussion points or questions in advance.

Impact Essay Prompt:

At Cornell, students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 words maximum)

This essay gives you the opportunity to present yourself as an individual. They encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help them get to know you as a person and potential community member. They value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style.

Back of Your Resume Essay Prompt:

The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” help them get to know you better by sharing ONE example of life experience, achievement, or passion that will give them a sense of who you are as a potential community member.

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).

If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application and candidacy since the last time you applied for admission. Please also review the Application Guide for additional information about reapplying (350 words maximum).

Rounds Application Deadlines
Round 1 Oct 8, 2020
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021
Round 3 Apr 8, 2021

One letter of recommendation is required, but you may submit up to two for review by the committee. You should seek recommendations from people capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities.
When completing your online application, you will be prompted to provide contact information for at least one reference. He or she will be contacted via email and invited to complete the letter of recommendation online. The Common Letter of Recommendation is designed to save you and your referee’s time, as the questions and written prompts will remain constant for all participating schools.

Tips for recommendation letters:

  • Who can give a recommendation: You will have to provide details of one recommender who can be your reporting manager / previous manager/ senior colleague / current client/ previous client/business partner/ supplier/ auditor etc.
  • It should not be a bunch of adjectives. The recommender should add specific instances/examples of your professional work together.
  • Academic recommendations ( from professors/teachers etc) are not valid
    The recommender should send the recommendation from the official email id only. If the recommender does not have an official id – then proof that you reported / or was supervised by this person should be attached.
  • Go by the quality of the evaluation rather than the seniority of the designation.

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