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Cornell MBA – 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 696
2 Average GPA 3.41
3 Class Size (enrolled in the class of 2020) 282
4 GMAT Range 640 – 740
5 Work Experience (Average) 5 years
6 Tuition & Living Expenses (per year) $95,340
7 Average Age 28
8 Employed after graduation (3 Months) 93%
9 Mean Base Salary $131,150
10 Mean Signing Bonus $35,976

Cornell – SC Johnson MBA incoming class profile 2019

Here are the detailed statistics on SC Johnson incoming class of 2019.

Applications received 1535
Enrolled 282
GMAT Scores 640 – 740
Undergraduate GPA 3.41
Average age 28 years
% of women in the class 35%
% of international citizens 32%
Countries represented 30

Cornell MBA Program MBA Application Deadlines: 2019-2020

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, 2019 November 15, 2019 December 20, 2019 January 10, 2020
November Round November 5, 2019 January 15, 2020 February 20, 2020 March 10, 2019


January Round January 8, 2020 March 20, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 20, 2020
April Round April 8, 2020 May 8, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 15, 2020

Cornell MBA – Employment Report & Salaries

The big 3 industries – Consulting, Financial Services, and Technology – accounted for close to 80% of the job offers received by the graduates of Cornell MBA class of 2019.  Healthcare (4%,) Manufacturing (6%) and legal services (2%) also recruited Cornell Johnson graduates.

The same trend is replicated in the job profiles offered – Consulting and Finance topped the list with 31% and 38% respectively.

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

Employment by industry

Cornell Johnson MBA - Employment by Industry

Financial Services picked up the most number of graduates from the Cornell MBA Program – 37%. But 2% of students joining Legal Services firms were the highest paid with the highest median salary of $197,500. Below is the detailed employment report of Cornell MBA class of 2019.

Industry Percentage Average Base Salary Average Bonus
Financial Services  37% $131,693 $46,464
Consulting  28% $142,019 $31,913
Technology  15% $126,029 $32,161
Manufacturing  6% $115,800 $21,194
Consumer Packaged Goods  4% $109,800 $26,000
Healthcare  4% $106,600 $25,833
Law or Legal  2% $197,500 N/A
Other  2% $108,125 $32,161
Energy  1% N/A N/A
Hospitality  1% N/A N/A
Real Estate  1% N/A N/A

Employment by Job function

Cornell Johnson MBA - Employment by Function

Bucking the usual B-School trend Finance related jobs (38%) formed the bulk of employment opportunities for the graduates of Cornell MBA program. Consulting and General Management came next with 31% and 18% respectively.

Function Percentage Average Base Salary Average Bonus
Finance  38% $132,423 $47,217
Investment Banking  22% $140,846 $53,546
Corporate Finance  8% $121,361 $33,143
Equity/Debt Research  4% $119,625 $44,167
Real Estate  2% $105,080 N/A
Other  2% $127,000 $28,333
Consulting  31% $142,129 $31,579
General Management  18% $116,715 $27,877
Marketing  9% $110,733 $25,441
Legal  2% $197,500 N/A
Human Resources  1% $103,544 N/A
Other  1% $115,000 N/A

Employment by Job Location

Cornell Johnson MBA - Employment by Region

Even though the class of 2019 had almost 32% of international students, almost 90% of the class found jobs in the US. In the US, jobs in the Southwest were the most lucrative with average annual salaries touching $140,825.

U.S. REGION Percentage Average Base Salary
Northeast  53% $135,667
West  11% $135,492
Midwest   10% $134,496
Southwest  9% $140,825
Mid-Atlantic  4% $132,778
South  2% $127,400

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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