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Application and Admissions Process

The deadline for admission to the fall semester is January 15.

Apply Now - PhD in SystemsThe application process is entirely online. Begin by going to the application page of the Graduate School web site and creating an account. The online application is secure and can be immediately viewed by the Systems admissions committee upon submission. You can learn more about the application process and review additional guidelines on the Graduate School web site.

Materials you will need for the application process.

  • You will be asked to enter typical application information such as nationality, GPA, schools attended, etc.
  • You will be required to upload an accurate unofficial transcript for each school you have attended. Please do not send official copies to the Systems office, as they are not needed due to the uploaded copy in your application. If you have any questions about transcripts, contact the Systems student services associate listed on the contact page. Please note that there are only up to three fields for listing schools attended. If you attended more than three, you must upload those transcripts in the writing sample portion of the application.
  • If you have appropriate supplemental documents such as an undergraduate research paper, resume, awards, etc., upload them in the writing sample portion of the application.
  • A statement of purpose is required and can be uploaded directly into the application.
  • At least three letters of recommendation are required. Additional ones are allowed. Recommenders may submit their letters online. Once an application is submitted, recommenders receive an automated email soliciting their letter (you will be prompted to provide their contact information before you submit your application). Recommenders may also submit hard copies to the Systems office.
  • Official general GRE scores are required. Make sure to indicate the University code (2098) when submitting your scores. We cannot finalize admission offers to any applicant unless we have received your official scores.
  • Official TOEFL scores are required from international applicants. We require minimum scores for each section plus a minimum cumulative score:
    Writing – 25, Listening – 25, Reading – 25, Speaking – 22, Total – 105

    For further information on this requirement as well as exemptions, please visit
  • The Graduate School requires a $105 USD application fee.
  • Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

The Admissions process

All applications are due January 15 for the upcoming fall semester. Systems does not admit students for the spring semesters. The admissions committee begins reviewing applications at the end of January and continues throughout February. Decisions about admissions (and any financial aid) are communicated to applicants until the end of March. All applicants are notified of their decision by email. Applicants offered admission will receive an admissions letter and a deadline as to when they need to inform Systems about their enrollment decisions (usually April 15). After a student responds that they will enroll at Cornell, they are sent an I-20 form if applicable.

Any questions, material, or correspondence may to be sent to our office at

Graduate Admissions
Systems Ph.D. Program
202 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14583 USA