Ph.D./MBA Dual Degree Program


The Lee Family Scholarship at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University

Weill Cornell Graduate School has partnered with The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University to offer Ph.D. students the option of earning an accelerated MBA degree in just 12 months. The Ph.D./MBA dual degree program is designed for students who want to pursue careers in science and business, preparing them for leadership roles in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and other medical science-related businesses.

Program Requirements

Weill Cornell graduate students must plan to have completed their Ph.D. degree requirements including the oral defense and submission of the final thesis to the graduate school by April 30 of the year they plan to enroll in the MBA program at the Johnson School. They then join the Johnson School's Accelerated MBA (AMBA) program in May of that year and complete the MBA degree requirements by the following May.

Students interested in the Ph.D./MBA program will apply to the AMBA program through the Johnson School, which is responsible for all admission decisions into this program. Visit Johnson School Admissions (Ithaca campus) and Cornell Tech Application (Roosevelt Island) for application requirements and deadlines. Also, representatives from the Johnson School present an information workshop on the Weill Cornell campus each fall. Information is presented about the AMBA program, admission procedures, and financial aid. This is an excellent opportunity to address any questions that students have. One additional requirement for Weill Cornell students, which is not listed on the Johnson School admissions page, is a letter of current academic standing from the Weill Cornell Graduate School office of the Associate Dean at the time of their application submission.

Please note that the GMAT examination is no longer required for Weill Cornell students to apply. During the application process, students will use the date of the application submission as the date of the GMAT score (the date cannot be left blank)

To be eligible for consideration for the Lee Family Scholarship (see below), students must apply to the Johnson School for the AMBA program no later than Round 3 for applications (January deadline).

One Weill Cornell medical or graduate student each year (alternating years, two students) will be granted a full-tuition scholarship for the Johnson School portion of the Accelerated MBA program, thanks to the generosity of Charles R. Lee and the Lee Family Foundation. To apply for this scholarship, after applying to the Accelerated MBA program at the Johnson School, please send a letter with the following information by February 1st, 2022:

-Name and Weill Cornell ID# 
-Address, telephone number, email address 
-An essay of no more than 500 words that addresses why the student wants to enroll in the dual degree program, what he or she plans to do as a result of completing it, and any experience relevant to the program.

Please send this letter with subject line Lee Family Scholarship via email to:
Randi B. Silver, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences 1300 York Ave. Box 65 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6565 Fax: (212) 746-5981