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Dual MHA/MBA Program

Program Description

The Cornell dual Master in Health Administration (MHA)/Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree is offered by the Sloan Program in Health Administration together with the S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson).  Accomplished in just 24 months (a summer immersion at Johnson followed by two Johnson and two Sloan semesters) the combination of the Sloan MHA and the Johnson MBA couples a strong foundation in general management with specialized knowledge in healthcare. Armed with powerful knowledge, skills, and applied experience, our dual-degree graduates have a distinct edge and great flexibility in shaping a dynamic and meaningful career.  

The Johnson MBA provides a solid base in all the functional areas of business—accounting, finance, economics, marketing, operations management, strategy, and leadership. In addition, the school offers the flexibility to tailor your own curriculum and the opportunity to develop expertise in specialized areas that, when combined with healthcare, can provide unique and highly valuable strengths. Among these are entrepreneurship, consulting, finance, and sustainable global enterprise. Johnson emphasizes performance learning—exceptionally valuable hands-on experience in which students apply theoretical frameworks to real business problems with responsibility for outcomes.  

The Sloan MHA delivers a comprehensive foundation in the health field and—like Johnson—encourages students to tailor their program to their own goals. Specialized health focused courses are offered in a number of areas including health care organizations, finance, organizational behavior and human resources management, health policy, health care ethics, legal aspects of health care, quality improvement, long term care, health facility planning and design, and supply chain management. The MHA program also provides numerous resources for practical experience.  In addition to management positions in a wide range of healthcare organizations, Sloan graduates also hold positions in the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance, management consulting, financial institutions, state and federal policy agencies, and more.

Why Cornell?

When you graduate from Cornell, you add the university's distinguished Ivy League pedigree and reputation for innovative, independent thinking to your resume. Both the Johnson MBA program and the Sloan Program in Health Administration have a long and distinguished history of leadership and excellence in their fields. Both are also at the forefront of new opportunity—advancing knowledge and practice in their fields. Both programs are deliberately small and intensely collaborative, offering exceptional applied learning opportunities and the chance to work in small, dynamic teams.  

Cornell graduates benefit from a vast, extremely loyal, actively engaged network of alumni who share knowledge and open doors for one another. The Johnson Alumni Network, Sloan Alumni Association, Cornell Alumni Association, and other alumni groups focused on specific interest areas are located throughout the US and the world. Among the latter, Entrepreneurship@Cornell and its affiliated Cornell Entrepreneur Network provide opportunities to connect with colleagues and to acquire skills and information that apply to both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Degree Requirements

The Cornell MHA/MBA is an 85-credit, 24-month dual degree program.  Students enter during the Summer semester and take an intensive general management core at Johnson. During the Fall and Spring semesters of their first year, they take a combination of Sloan and Johnson required and elective courses. During the summer between their first and second year, there is a required ten week internship which must be approved by advisors in both programs. In the Fall and Spring semesters of their second year, students again take a combination of required and elective Sloan and Johnson courses, including a required Capstone course at Sloan and the opportunity to take an Immersion Learning course sequence at Johnson.

Admission Requirements

Students in the dual MHA/MBA program must be separately admitted to the Sloan Program and to Johnson.  Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.  The application process is highly selective and approximately 2-3 highly qualified students will be admitted to the dual program each year.  Competitive applicants score approximately 700 or above on the GMAT (or above the 80th percentile on the GRE) and have a mean GPA of 3.50.  Students of color are highly encouraged to apply.  Students who are interested in applying to the dual MHA/MBA program should contact Julie Carmalt, Sloan Program Associate Director, at jhc48@cornell.edu to discuss eligibility.

Who should apply to the dual MHA/MBA program?

Applicants without work experience:  The dual MHA/MBA program is appropriate for highly qualified students who are interested in gaining a competitive advantage on the MHA job market (the MBA job market requires work experience).  Applicants must have performed in the top 5% of their undergraduate class, score above 700 on the GMAT (and above the 80th percentile on the quantitative exam) or above the 80th percentile on the GRE, have demonstrated leadership, and some healthcare experience.  Important note: The summer immersion portion of the dual degree begins in early May!  Undergraduate seniors applying to the dual degree program must graduate with their Bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the summer immersion at Johnson.  Please see below for how to apply to Sloan and Johnson.  

Applicants with work experience:  Highly qualified applicants with 3-4 years of full time work experience (not necessarily in health care) will be well-positioned to enter either the MBA or MHA job markets.  Competitive applicants have a mean GMAT score of 700 and have a mean GPA of 3.5.  Please see below for how to apply to Sloan and Johnson.

Applying to the Dual MHA/MBA Degree

Applicants applying to the dual MHA/MBA program must apply to and be admitted by both Sloan and Johnson separately.  Applicants also need to inform both Sloan and Johnson of their intent to pursue a dual degree program.  Because the dual MHA/MBA program begins the first week in May (with an intensive summer immersion at Johnson), dual candidates must have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to May 1.  Dual MHA/MBA applicants should confirm eligibility by contacting Sloan Associate Director Julie Carmalt via email at jhc48@cornell.edu.

Applying to Sloan

Students applying to the dual MHA/MBA program must apply to both Sloan and Johnson separately. Sloan has four application deadlines and all application materials must be submitted by Midnight Eastern Time on the application deadline date. The final application deadline is April 15. Students admitted to the Sloan Program but not to Johnson may still matriculate to Sloan. More information about the Sloan application process is available here.
Sloan application requirements:

  • Completed Cornell Graduate School or HAMPCAS application (and related fees)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two recommendations (third optional); at least one letter should be academic
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework and degrees
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • TOEFL English Language Exam score report for applicants whose native language is not English
Applying to Johnson

Students applying to the dual MHA/MBA program must apply to both Sloan and Johnson separately.  Applications to Johnson are made here.  Johnson has four application deadlines and decision notification dates throughout the year and all application materials must be submitted by Midnight Eastern Time on the application deadline date.  Interviews are offered by invitation in each round and final decisions are posted to the applicant’s application portal on the notification date of the application round.  More information about the Johnson application process is available here.

Johnson application requirements:

  • Johnson at Cornell University application
  • Resume
  • Three required essays (fourth optional)
  • List of activities
  • Two recommendations (third optional)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework and degrees
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • English Language Exam score report for applicants whose native language is not English (TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English)
  • Application fee of $200 in US currency