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Admission

An online application for admission and financial aid for the Master of Engineering program must be completed through the Cornell University Graduate School. The Graduate School provides an extensive application and admissions Web page with general application guidelines and requirements for each graduate field where you will find the requirements of the specific field to which you are applying. Applications can be downloaded or completed online.

Admission Deadlines

Fall semester: May 31

Spring semester: November 15

Admission Requirements

Applicants must document at least one year of work experience in a relevant field to be eligible to enroll in the distance learning degree program.

Statement of purpose

  • A one or two page statement stating your reasons for undertaking graduate work, as well as an explanation of your academic interests, including their relation to your undergraduate study and professional goals.

Unofficial transcripts from each college or university previously attended.

  • Please note that there are only up to three fields for listing schools attended. If you attended more than three colleges or universities, you must upload those transcripts in the writing sample portion of the application.

Two letters of recommendation

  • 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 Engineering office.

Official GRE general test scores

  • Please 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

  • TOEFL is required from international applicants. We require an overall minimum scores 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 , Listening – 15, Reading – 20, Speaking – 22
  • For further information on this requirement as well as exemptions, please visit the Graduate School website

Application for financial support 

  • Application for merit-based aid – fellowships, assistantships, and tuition awards – is part of the application for admission.

Minimum of baccalaureate degree

  • Preferably in engineering, mathematics, or science, conferred by an accredited college or university. For students with foreign credentials, the equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • The Systems Engineering program expects at least differential calculus, integral calculus, linear algebra and differential equations as math undergrad requirements. For Cornell undergrads MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 or 2940, and a mathematics course chosen by the major would be required.

Probability and statistics

  • An undergraduate course in Probability and statistics is required to matriculate into the System Engineering program.
  • If not already completed at the time of admission, this requirement may be satisfied by completing ENGRD 2700 or CEE 3040
  • Students may complete a similar course at another university upon approval of the Curriculum Committee. You will be required to submit a transcript as verification that this course has been completed before the end of your first semester in the program.
  • Additional Guidelines Regarding the Probability and/or Statistics Requirement for Incoming Students

Application fee of $105

  • 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.
  • In cases of extreme financial need, please contact the Graduate Field Assistant and request for a fee waiver.