Master of Engineering Application
Application Round Deadlines
The Master of Engineering programs have two application rounds. Applications wishing to be fully considered for scholarship are advised to apply by the priority deadline date. Applicants should expect to receive an update on their application status within 6-8 weeks of each round deadline. We will consider applications submitted after our round deadlines on a case by case basis until the class is full.
Priority Deadline Date: December 1, 2020
Round 2 Deadline: January 22, 2021
Rolling Deadline: April 1, 2021
To be considered, all applicants must provide the following in their online application:
You must submit a current résumé along with your application.
Here at Cornell Tech, you will be part of an environment where creativity, technical depth and leadership share seats at the table. We value expressions of who you are and what you add to this formula. Please submit a one- to two-page statement that describes your interest in this program at Cornell Tech. Your submission should highlight personal experiences that demonstrate your creativity, leadership and technical abilities.
In particular, feel free to elaborate on technical projects you have completed, their creative and technical aspects; any entrepreneurial or leadership experiences; your professional career goals; the benefit you envision being part of the tech ecosystem in New York City; and, why this program is the one for you.
Letter of Recommendation
Applicants are advised to submit two letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be faculty members, supervisors, or other individuals who know the applicant professionally and/or academically. Ideally, the recommenders should either be able to speak to the applicant’s performance in relevant technical coursework or they should be able to discuss the applicant’s role in substantial projects. Recommendations must be submitted online via our application system. If you believe a third letter will add value to your candidacy, you may include one additional letter.
The GRE is required for admission to the Master of Engineering programs. Students who have received (or will have received) a Bachelor degree from Cornell University are exempt from the GRE requirement for the Master of Engineering program. For all other applicants, the GRE requirement cannot be waived. All official test scores should be reported directly to Cornell University. For more information and details about reporting your score, read about Cornell’s Required Tests.
Transcripts from each previously-attended college or university are required and must be uploaded online with the application. Admitted students will be required to submit an official transcript directly to Cornell University Graduate School prior to matriculation.
A nonrefundable application fee of $95 must be submitted with the online application.
International applicants must provide a certified English translation of transcripts if the original language is not English. Successful international applicants will have received a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing. For more information, read Cornell’s policy on International Degree Equivalencies and International Transcripts.
Course by Course Credential Evaluation
Cornell Tech requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. and Canada undergo a course-by-course analysis by an expert academic credential evaluator in the United States. Students are responsible for paying all fees for such evaluations and making arrangements with the credential evaluation company to send and receive their documents. Cornell Tech will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) SpanTran, or any NACES organization member. If you are using the service of a credential evaluator that has the capability to send the credentials evaluation electronically, please instruct them to send it to email@example.com. Note: The admissions committee requires this evaluation prior to reviewing your application for an admissions decision.
English Proficiency Requirement
With few exceptions, all international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language via a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. For more information and details about exemptions and reporting your English proficiency test score, read Cornell’s English Language Proficiency Requirement. Note: our minimum score requirements are 100 for the TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS test. This may differ from minimum requirements at other schools within Cornell University.
Competitive applicants will be invited to complete a pre-recorded interview via an online platform. Invited applicants should expect to answer a small series of personal and professional questions designed to assess their knowledge of the Cornell Tech curriculum and whether or not their goals align with the mission of our master’s programs.
A small percentage of our interviewees may also be asked to complete an online technical assessment designed to test their foundation in programming and advanced mathematics.
Note: the admissions committee will not provide interviewees with the question-set ahead of time and we cannot answer any questions related to the content of the interview prior to its completion.
Cornell Tech offers scholarship aid to a limited number of master’s degree students each year. Merit-based aid is determined by a holistic review of all the applicants’ credentials at the time of their admission. All admitted students who are not fully sponsored are considered – no additional application is needed. Applicants wishing to be considered for scholarship are advised to apply by the priority deadline date.
Cornell Tech is committed to gender diversity in our technical programs. All eligible applicants to the Master of Engineering programs are welcome to apply for a WiTNY fellowship for women in technology as part of their application for admission.
Pipeline Program Participation
Cornell Tech is pleased to offer application fee waivers to qualified participants of programs designed to provide educational and/or career support to students from historically underrepresented identities.
If you are an administrator or a participant of a program not listed below, you may request that we consider adding the program to our list of programs eligible for an application fee waiver for its participants by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, provided the program’s mission explicitly aligns with Cornell Tech’s intentionally inclusive diversity mission and demonstrates a clear intent for students to enter a professional or research-based master’s program.
Fee waivers are available to participants of the following programs:
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Annual Ivy Plus University of Puerto Rico Event
American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession Mentoring Program (CSMGEP: Mentoring Program)
American Economic Association Summer Training Program (AEASP)
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Association Computing Machinery Women Council (ACM-W)
Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC)
Big 10 Grad Expo at Purdue University
Black in AI
Black Doctoral Network (BDN)
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates
Cientifico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Program
Center for Bright Beams Summer Program (CBB)
CCMR NSF PREM
CCMR Summer REU Program at Cornell
CLASSE Summer REU Program at Cornell
CLASSE Summer Research for Community College Students (SRCCS)
CNF/ NNIN REU Program at Cornell
Columbia University Bridge to the PhD Program
Cornell Diversity Preview Weekend (DPW)
Cornell, Maryland, Max Planck Pre-doctoral Research School
Cornell Summer Math Institute (CSMI)
Cornell Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
CU Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training (IGERT) Visitation
The CUNY Pipeline Program
EDGE Program: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education
ENGINE (engineering name exchange)
Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program
FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance
Florida A&M Graduate Feeder Conference
Gates Millennium Scholars
National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
Grace Hopper Celebration
HSI Pathways to the Professoriate: Cal State- Northridge, FIU, UTexas- El Paso, NYU, UC-Berkeley, UPenn,
Dr. John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS Annual Conference)
Laureates & Leaders Program at MIT
LXAI (Latinx in AI members only)
The Leadership Alliance
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Undergraduates (LSAMP)
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI)
Mathematics Summer REU Program at Cornell
Mentoring, Educating, Networking, and Thematic Opportunities for Research in Engineering & Sciences (MENTORES)
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)
National Name Exchange
National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
National Society fo Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
Ohio State University- Research Internship for Young Academics Program (OSU-RIYA)
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)
Out for Undergrad (O4U)
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School (PLUSS)
Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SoNIC Summer Workshop
Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy (SIPP)
Summer Mathematics Institute at Cornell
Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM)
Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)
Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUnRiSE)
Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
The Sadie Collective
Univ. of Arizona Summer Undergraduate Program for Engaging w/ Research (SUPER)
University of Michigan Building Bridges to the Doctorate Program
West Virginia University Summer Law Institute
Williams Math Summer Research Program
Women and Mathematics Program (WAM)