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Cornell University - Johnson GSM

Essay Questions for 2017-2018 / Class of 2020

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Cornell Johnson's MBA program.  

Round 1 Deadline: October 5, 2017
Round 2 Deadline: November 15, 2017
Round 3 Deadline: January 10, 2018

Round 4 Deadline: April 5, 2017


Essay 1

At Cornell, we value students who create impact. Please indicate the opportunities for impact that you have identified through engagement with our community and describe how these interactions have influenced your decision to apply to Johnson.

Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer.

Table of Contents Essay

You are the author of your Life Story. Please create the Table of Contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.

Maximum file size is 5 MB. If you choose to submit a written Table of Contents, please limit your submission to 500 words or fewer. Please limit multimedia submissions to under 5 minutes.

Optional Essay

Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson.

If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application since the last time you applied.

Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer.


Please provide the contact information for a minimum of one and a maximum of two individuals excited to endorse your candidacy. Official recommendations for Johnson are a vital part of the final evaluation process. Carefully follow the instructions below and note the timing of when the admissions office will review this information.

Please click “add new” to submit each of your endorsements. You will have the option to choose if you want to upload the recommendation or have your recommender submit the recommendation themselves. If you choose to have your recommender submit a letter, they will automatically be sent an email with directions on how to provide the recommendation after you submit their information. Please note that some corporate email servers may filter this email before it reaches your recommender. If possible, please provide a personal email address instead.

Visit Cornell Johnson's admissions website for more application information.  Photo by Zaphodsotherhead.