MBAnalysis Blog: Cornell Tech, The Best of All Worlds


What do you get when you combine a blue chip business school with a Nobel Prize winning foreign university? A piece of start-up nation in the middle of Silicon Alley? Technical know-how with Ivy League business sensibilities? Plus a $2 billion glimmering new campus? You get the Cornell Tech MBA. An MBA program that takes less time, costs less money and puts you on a path to leadership with a technology company anywhere in the world.

Cornell Tech MBA is a 1-year MBA degree conferred by the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. This program combines a foundational business education provided by Johnson, with a technology-focus – and entrepreneurial vibe – provided by the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology. The Technion is the entrepreneurial hub of Israel, the country with more start-up companies listed on NASDAQ than anyone else except the US and China.

The Cornell Tech MBA turns engineers, technologists, and scientists into the managers, leaders and visionaries that today’s and tomorrow’s tech firms need. It is no accident that until its beautiful new campus is complete, the Cornell Tech MBA has been housed in Google’s lower Manhattan building.

So who is the Tech MBA for? Techies who need help to become the future leaders of their firms. Cornell Tech wants students who already have “strong digital experience” preferably with a background in science or engineering. Your first summer is spent at Cornell’s Ithaca campus, with regular MBA students, getting a foundational business education with courses like accounting, microeconomics, strategy, and finance. Then back to NYC for a curriculum focused on the tech economy, including courses like Designing Data Products; and, practicums that may have you consulting to a Fortune 500 company or laying the groundwork for a start-up you may be helping to create. Throw in a month in Israel along the way, and you have an MBA program that is truly unique.

The Cornell Tech MBA is the oldest of a number of one-year tech-focused masters programs including NYU’s recently announced, Tech MBA, as well as Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Product Management. The need for these specialized programs is clear; as technical specialists and engineers fill technology companies, it is harder to find people who speak their language, understand their needs and can successfully manage them. Cornell Tech, and all its offspring, are here to address this very problem, with the world of technology saying, “it’s about time.”