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FAQ

Can I apply to a graduate program for the spring semester?

This varies by engineering field and program. Many MS/PhD programs will accept students in the spring but may not be able to provide funding because funding is allocated to students in the fall semester. Some MEng programs will not accept students in the spring because of prerequisite fall and spring courses.

How many graduate fields or programs can I apply to?

You can send only one graduate application to one program at Cornell. However, you can list an alternative field of study or program on your application. If you are not accepted by your first choice, your application will be forwarded to your second choice.

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Do I need a BS in engineering to apply to an engineering graduate program?

For most of the engineering fields, you need only an adequate course background in the field to be considered. This may or may not mean you need to have an engineering degree. Contact the field or look at the field’s Web site to see if you meet the requirements.

Do I have to take the TOEFL, and what are the minimum scores for this test?

If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You may be excused if you have studied for two or more years in or received a degree from a college or university in a country where English is the language of instruction and where English is also the native language.

Cornell’s graduate school sets a minimum passing grade of 550 for the paper exam and 213 for the computer exam. Some engineering fields have higher minimums.

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What are the tuition and fees in the Master of Engineering Program?

Cornell Master of Engineering students are charged the endowed tuition rate for Graduate Study. Refer to the Graduate School online catalog for your field to find the current tuition rate.

How do I get financial aid for the Master of Engineering?

Because the MEng is a one-year program, most students fund their own tuition. However, some MEng students may receive Graduate Teaching Research Specialist (GTRS) positions, which pay a stipend of around $5,000 a semester. There is limited financial aid from the fields and a limited number of fellowships specifically for MEng students. Review the Fellowships and Financial Aid portion of this web site.

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What is early admission to the MEng program?

You can apply for early admission if you are a Cornell Engineering undergraduate student, have eight or fewer (but more than zero) credits left to finish your undergraduate degree, and if you will be entering your final semester as an undergraduate. You will take courses to finish your undergraduate degree at the same time as you are taking courses to start your MEng degree. To apply for early admission, you must fill out the MEng application as well as an Early Admission Petition and Course Record Form.

Does Cornell’s career services provide services to graduate students?

Yes. Both the Engineering Co-Op and Career Services and Cornell’s Career Services offices provide assistance to graduate students. Many employers, including engineering companies, consulting firms, government agencies, financial firms, and nonprofit organizations, recruit engineering students at Cornell. There are career fairs and several company information sessions on campus during the academic year. Visit Engineering Co-op and Career Services online.

What is the deadline for application?

Deadlines vary from program to program. Most MS/PhD programs have January 15 deadlines for the next academic year. Deadlines for the MEng range from January 15 to April 1 for the next academic year’s applications. Refer to the Graduate School online catalog for your field to determine which deadlines apply to you. As a general rule, applicants who submit materials before February 1 for fall admission will be notified of a decision by April 1. Individuals may apply later than February 1 but are not guaranteed the same consideration as those received before the deadline.

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