Cornell University - Johnson GSM

Essay Questions for 2018-2019 / Class of 2021

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

October Round

10/10/2018

11/15/2018

12/20/2018

1/8/2019            

CGSM

10/15/2018  

 

 

4/18/2019

November Round     

11/15/2018

1/10/2019

2/20/2019

3/8/2019

CGSM

1/5/2019

 

4/18/2019

January Round      

1/3/2019

3/15/2019

4/10/2019

4/18/2019

April Round       

4/10/2019

5/10/2019

5/30/2019

6/15/2019*

Second Deposit All Rounds

 

 

6/1/2019

ESSAYS

Goals Statement


A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout 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 (250 words maximum):

Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.
Targeted Job Role:
Target Job Company:
Industry:

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:
Industry:

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

Impact Essay:
This essay is designed to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Whether during the program or following graduation, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. To help you explore your potential for impact, we encourage you to engage with our students, alumni, faculty, and professional staff. 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 (500 words maximum).

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

Back of Your Resume Essay:
This essay is an opportunity to present yourself as an individual. We encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help us to get to know you as a person and potential community member. 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 essay, please limit your submission to 500 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 5 minutes.

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,” please help us get to know you better by sharing the experiences that will give us insight into your character, values, and interests.

Optional Essay:
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 (500 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 our Admissions Policy for additional information about re-applying (500 words maximum).

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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.

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