Ankur Singh in his Lab with Student

Admissions for Ph.D. Students

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. 

In the Ph.D. program, students shape their course of study working within an academic framework developed with a Special Committee of faculty advisors chosen by the student (and including in some fields, a field-appointed member). The Ph.D. is offered by sixteen engineering-related graduate fields. Doctoral programs are typically completed in four to five years.

To learn more about the following Ph.D. programs, select the Graduate Field link to visit the web pages of the school or department offering the degree program.

Aerospace Engineering

Biological and Environmental Engineering

Applied Mathematics

Applied Physics

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Geological Science

Information Science

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Operations Research


Systems Engineering

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics