FAQs - Distance Learning

Do I have to take the TOEFL, and what are the minimum scores required?

As an international applicant, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

The Engineering Management program requires that each minimum score be met for each element within the TOEFL exam.

Writing: 20
Listening: 15
Reading: 20
Speaking: 22

Please visit the Graduate School website for more information.

What is the minimum IELTS score required for admission?

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

What are the deadlines for completing the TOEFL or IELTS?

Official scores must be submitted by the application deadline dates. 

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.

Do I have to attend the two residential sessions?

Yes, all students in the distance learning degree must attend both sessions.

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.

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?

2 years 

When are your admission deadlines?

Early decision deadline: October 15th

Final deadline: March 1st

What are the admission requirements? 

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or related field, such as Computer Science, Physics, or Math

  • At least two years of professional work experience. 

  • Statement of purpose

  • Resume

  • Transcripts

  • 1 professional writing sample

  • A combination of three letters of recommendation, professional and academic

  • GRE scores (optional)

  • TOEFL/IELTS for international students

What are the course requirements? 

ENMGT 5900/Project Management and Leadership (4 credits)
ENMGT 5930/Data Analytics for Engineering Managers (4 credits)
ENMGT 5940/Economics and Finance for Engineering Managers (4 credits)
ENMGT 6020/Managing a Culture of Innovation (3 credits)
ENMGT 5980/Decision Framing and Analytics (3 credits)
ENMGT 5910/Engineering Management Project 
Python Refresher (1 credit)
Visualizing Data (1 credit)
Two, On-campus intensives (1 credit each)

Electives (choose 2) 
Risk Analysis and Management 
Consumer Choice and Product Design 
Product Management 
Negotiations and Contracts for Engineering Management 
Managing Operations 

How much is tuition?

Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis for distance learning students and is $2,356 per credit for the 2019-20 academic year.

Is financial aid available?

The Knight Scholarship Program is available for M.Eng. students, for more detail please go to: https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/admissions-meng-students/knight-scholarship-program