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Graduate Degrees

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The College of Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: the research-focused Ph.D. and M.S., and the professionally focused M.Eng. The latter is specifically designed for those who plan to pursue applied engineering or engineering management in industry.

Graduate Fields of Study

We offer degree programs through “graduate fields,” voluntary groupings of faculty members who come together around common academic interests. These fields are independent of traditional college or department divisions. As a graduate student, you may draw together faculty members from several colleges, departments and related disciplines for your studies and research projects.

Research Degrees: Ph.D. and M.S.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. degree program is research-focused, with an emphasis on flexibility and individually tailored original research. Research activities at Cornell Engineering are supported by nearly forty interdisciplinary research centers, institutes, and programs, and the world-class facilities associated with them. Most graduate students spend about five years (beyond their undergraduate work) to earn a Ph.D. 

Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is a two-year program that combines academic rigor with a strong research component. The M.S. program represents an opportunity to follow an individualized course of study and learn research methodology at one of the premier research universities in the world. 

Professional Degree: M.Eng.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

The M.Eng. degree, usually completed within one year, is designed to put professional engineers on an accelerated career track, working either as applied engineers or as engineering managers. You can tailor this program to suit your individual interests and professional goals by choosing courses from an array of concentrations and specializations and undertaking an advanced hands-on engineering design project.