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Cornell SC Johnson College of Business – Cornell MBA Program Class Profile, Employment Reports, Notable Alumni

Founded in 1946, the current avatar of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management came into being in 1984 when the Johnson family made a $20-million endowment gift to the school. The SC Johnson is a B-school with a difference – it runs small, tight-knit classrooms in the midst of the largest Ivy League University. Collaboration is the underlying ideology that defines the Cornell MBA program and its Cornell connections give its students unique opportunities to work with the rest of the Cornell community.

Cornell Johnson - Class Profile, Career and Employment Outcomes

If Cornell – SC Johnson is your target business school, this article will help you in researching the class profile, and career prospects offered by its full-time (2-year) MBA program.


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General trivia on Cornell – SC Johnson

  • Founded in 1946, the Johnson family’s generous endowment allowed it to switch its focus to business.
  • There are over 10 different business-related courses at the Johnson.
  • As a part of Cornell, the curricula are designed to be interdisciplinary and encourages students to use the vast resources of the University.
  • The college is named for Samuel Curtis Johnson (1833-1919), who began his career as a manufacturer of wooden parquet floors in Racine, Wisconsin.

General Information on the Cornell – SC Johnson MBA Program

Location –

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Sage Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

Dean – Mark W. Nelson, PhD

Admissions Office –

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Room 111

Sage Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201


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Cornell Johnson MBA Program – Class profile, Cost of Attendance, Mean Salary

Below are the details of the SC Johnson full-time, 2-year MBA program’s class profile, cost of attendance and median salary. Here is the list of the total cost (tuition fee + living expenses) of top MBA programs across the world.

S. No. Cornell – SC Johnson Numbers
1 Average GMAT 699
2 Average GPA 3.41
3 Class Size (enrolled in the class of 2020) 280
4 GMAT Range 650 – 740
5 Work Experience (Average) 5 years
6 Tuition & Living Expenses (per year) $95,340
7 Average Age 28
8 % Employed after graduation 94%
9 Mean Base Salary $126,353
10 Mean Signing Bonus $33,503

Cornell – SC Johnson MBA incoming class profile 2020

Here are the detailed statistics on SC Johnson incoming class of 2020.

Applications received 1600
Enrolled 280
GMAT Scores 650 – 740
Undergraduate GPA 3.41
Average age 28 years
% of women in the class 33%
% of international citizens 27%
Countries represented 40

Pre-MBA Industry of Johnson’s incoming class of 2020

40% of the pre-MBA experience of students enrolling in the class of 2020 lies in the Consulting and Financial services industries. The rest of the class comes from industries such as manufacturing, technology, healthcare, energy, non-profit and more.

Pre-MBA Industry – Cornell – SC Johnson incoming class of 2020
Industry Percentage
Consulting 17%
Financial Services 23%
Technology 6%
Nonprofit 3%
Healthcare 5%
Manufacturing 5%

(includes energy, transportation, real estate, and more)


Cornell MBA Program MBA Application Deadlines: 2018-2019

SC Johnson’s application process requires GMAT or GRE scores, a goal statement along with 2 essays, your resume and the transcripts of your coursework. English language proficiency test is a must for international students, and a letter of recommendation is also helpful.

Johnson has a culture of promoting diversity and ensures that people from minority communities are well represented. They also have a special commitment to helping US veterans. The final invitation-only interview determines which candidates make the cut.

Needless to say, the competition is tough. Therefore, it is very important that you have your application ready by Round 1 or Round 2. Learn here why applying in Round 1 or Round 2 is important.

SC Johnson Application Round Application Deadline Initial
Deposit & Official 
Documentation Deadline
October Round October 10, 2018 November 15, 2018 December 20, 2018 January 8, 2019
November Round November 15, 2018 January 10, 2019 February 20, 2019 March 8, 2019


January Round January 3, 2019 March 15, 2019 April 10, 2019 April 18, 2019
April Round April 10, 2019 May 10, 2019 May 30, 2019 June 15, 2019

Cornell – SC Johnson employment report of graduating class of 2018

The big 3 industries – Consulting, Financial Services, and Technology – accounted for close to 70% of the job offers received by the graduates of SC Johnson full-time MBA class of 2018.  Healthcare (6%,) Manufacturing (6%) and legal services (4%) also recruited Johnson graduates.

The same trend is replicated in the job profiles offered – Consulting and Finance topped the list with 25% and 32% respectively.

Take a look at detailed employment statics on employment by industry, job function, and location for more information.

Employment by industry

Financial Services picked up the most number of graduates from Johnson – 29%. But 4% of students joining Legal Services firms were the highest paid with the highest median salary of $182,500. Below is the detailed employment report of Cornell Johnson class of 2018.

Cornell MBA Program - Employment by Industry

Industry Percent Mean Base Annual Salary ($) Sign on bonus ($)
Consulting 22 133,206 28,987
Consumer Products 10 106,524 25,208
Energy and Utilities 1 108,333 N/A
Financial Services 29 133,126 46,688
Healthcare 6 112,900 25,556
Legal Services 4 182,500 16,667
Manufacturing 6 119,000 20,700
Real Estate 2 96,000 N/A
Technology 18 122,037 32,483
Others 2 86,400 N/A

Employment by Job function

Cornell MBA Program - Mean annual salary by function

Bucking the usual B-School trend Finance related jobs (32%) formed the bulk of employment opportunities for the graduates of SC Johnson 2-year MBA class of 2018. Consulting and General Management came next with 25% and 24% respectively.

Industry Percent Mean Base Annual Salary ($) Sign on bonus ($)
Consulting 25 133,635 28,710
Finance 32 128,254 45,661
–          Corporate Finance 6 113,916 20,313
–         Equity Debt Research 2 120,000 41,667
–         Investment Banking 19 137,738 52,738
–         Other

(Includes Asset Management, Private Wealth Real Estate, and Risk Management)

5 109,750 32,000
General Management 24 120,731 28,964
Human Resources 2 84,833 N/A
Legal 4 182,500 16,667
Marketing 12 104,955 25,507
Other Job functions 1 N/A N/A

Employment by Job Location

Even though the class of 2018 had almost 33% of international students, almost 90% of the class found jobs in the US. 6% of students were offered jobs in Asia. In the US, jobs in the Northeast were the most lucrative with average annual salaries touching $133,615.

Industry Percent Mean Base Annual Salary ($) Sign on bonus ($)
The U.S. 90 129,587 34,234
–         Northeast 55 133,615 34,925
–         Mid-Atlantic 3 119,967 26,000
–         Midwest 12 120,340 29,746
–         West 12 122,978 37,794
–         South 3 119,500 30,500
–         Southwest 5 129,583 35,682
Non-U.S. 10 96,626 25,456
–         Asia 6 90,245 20,855
–         Europe 1 N/A N/A
–         Latin America & the Caribbean 2 102,680 36,250
–         Africa 1 N/A N/A

Major employers of Cornell-SC Johnson graduates

  • EY (Ernst & Young)
  • Amazon
  • Guggenheim Securities
  • IBM Corporation
  • Barclays
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Deutsche Bank
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Verizon Communications
  • Wayfair

SC Johnson College of Business – Notable Alumni

Cornell Johnson College of Business - Notable Alumni

  • Meredith Amdur, CEO, Rhetorik Solution
  • Paul Kavuma, Founder and CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Michael Chen, President, Strategic Initiatives Group, NBC
  • John R. Clark Sr., President, and CEO, The 4-Clark Management Group, Inc., and former deputy assistant secretary for resource management of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science
  • Ken Derr, retired Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation
  • Martha Gallo, Executive Vice President, General Auditor, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Byron Grote, CFO, BP
  • James N. Hauslein, Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., and Chairman and CEO of Atlas Acquisition Holdings Corp.
  • John Hillen, President, Global Strategies Group, LLC, and former assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs serving the administration of President George W. Bush
  • Mzamo Mangaliso, president and CEO, National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • Mary Meeker, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • James Morgan, Former Chairman, Applied Materials Inc.
  • Roy Park Jr., President, and CEO of Park Outdoor Advertising
  • Jeffrey Parker, Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership
  • Wilbur Parker, CPA, first black budget director for the city of Newark, first black secretary of Newark’s Board of Education, first black student to graduate from Johnson, and former U.S. Army Air Force Tuskegee Airman
  • Arete Passas, President and CEO, Manhattan Toy
  • Rick G. Sherlund, Managing Director, Nomura Securities International, Inc.
  • Zhu Shen, Senior Director, Business Development, Immusol, Inc.
  • Warren Staley, retired Chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc.
  • Laura Wilkinson, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Other MBA programs you should consider

Stretch Schools: Chicago BoothKelloggMIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas

Match Schools: Duke FuquaDarden, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Yale SoM

Safety Schools: Emory (Goizueta), Indiana (Kelley), Notre Dame (Mendoza), Georgia Tech (Scheller)

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