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Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes, however, the GRE has been waived if you are a part of the Lockheed Martin ELDP program.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?

There is no specific minimum score as your score is considered in conjunction with the other criteria for admission.

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What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission?

The Systems Engineering program requires an overall minimum score of 105. This is addition to the minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT as outlined by the Graduate School:

  • Writing: 20/30
  • Listening: 15/30
  • Reading: 20/30
  • Speaking: 22/30

For more information, please visit our International Students page.

What is the minimum IELTS score required for admission?

Applicants must receive an overall band score of 7.5 or higher.

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What are the deadlines for completing the GRE or TOEFL?

Both have to be submitted with your application.

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Can I start classes before I complete the GRE or TOEFL?

Only if the GRE and/or TOEFL have been waived. GRE can only be waived by the Director of Graduate Studies. See next question for how to waive TOEFL.

Do I have to take the TOEFL if I received an undergraduate degree from an U.S. institution?

Only students who have studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa are exempt from the TOEFL. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.

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Do I have to attend the two on-campus modules?

All students in the distance learning degree must attend both modules. On-campus students are exempt from these courses.

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Are there any prerequisites for the program?

Yes, you must have had at least one course in probability and statistics. If you have not met this prerequisite, it will be stated in your letter of admission.

Can you substitute a GMAT score for the GRE?
What is the difference between your on-campus degree and the online degree?

All students need 30 credits to graduate. Content is exactly the same for both groups (except for the two on campus modules), it’s just the delivery that is different. Online degree students can either watch lectures live, or watch them later through Blackboard or some other online streaming method.

What is the fastest that I could complete the degree online?

1 year = Full time, 2 years (or more) = Part time.

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What are your admission deadlines?

May 31 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis for distance learning students and is $2,193  per credit for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Visit https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/bursar/students-parents/tuition-rates-fees for current on-campus tuition rates (Professional Masters Tier 1).

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Is financial aid available?

Aid is available for on-campus students only. You must submit your application no later than February 1 in order to be considered for financial aid.

How are exams and proctoring handled for distance learning students?

In many cases, there is a site coordinator, paid by the student's employer, who acts as proctor. In cases where there is no site coordinator, we require the student to designate a proctor. For these students, we begin the process of identifying a proctor many weeks in advance of the first exam. The proctor completes and signs the form entitled "DISTANCE LEARNING PROCTORED TEST FORM" and returns the signed form to the Systems Engineering Program. The designation of someone as a proctor is subject to close scrutiny to ensure the independence and impartiality of the role.

Exams for off-campus students are scheduled to occur within 24 hours of the on-campus exam, typically during local business hours on the same day as the on-campus exam. An electronic copy of the exam is e-mailed to the proctor together with specific instructions for conduct and return of the exams. Both the student and the proctor are required to sign the form entitled "EXAM PROCTOR VERIFICATION FORM" attesting to the proper conduct of the exam.

The completed exams are sent by express courier to the Program office. The forms are filed and the exams turned over to the teaching assistants in the relevant courses for grading. Our experience is that there is a one-week delay in grading off-campus exams versus on-campus exams. The grading criteria are identical for off-campus students as for on-campus students.

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