Admissions

The Master of Engineering degree is a coursework and project-oriented program.

Application Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications for the next cohort on September 1, 2020. The deadline for the Spring 2021 term is October 15, 2020. The deadline for the Fall 2021 term is January 5, 2021.

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Application Requirements 

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Application fee
  • GRE scores - GRE scores are optional for this year
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Technical writing sample 

We will also interview a select group of students prior to admission to the program. 

If you are having financial difficulties, you can learn more about application fee waivers via this site: https://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/apply/application-fees/

Some tips for the statement of purpose in your application

  • Be creative! We want to learn more about you in a fun, engaging way.
  • Highlight your strengths: This is the time to showcase you and how you will contribute to the Cornell Engineering Management community.
  • Share your passion for Cornell: We are excited to hear what gets you excited about Cornell and the MEM program.
  • What we’re looking for in the writing sample
    We ask you to submit a technical writing sample that demonstrates your ability to synthesize and communicate quantitative information. The writing sample should be no more than 5,000 words and can include figures. Acceptable documents include but are not limited to a technical analysis, project report, written review of technical material, an internal company report, white paper, published article, and projects/reports from a previous Engineering course. The technical writing sample should have been written in the past 3 years. If you were a coauthor, provide an introductory paragraph that specifically highlights your role and contribution.

    If you or your employer have concerns about confidential material, you can choose to redact portions of the document containing sensitive information or data. You can also write a brief critical review of the work in question that omits any confidential material or data. If portions of the document are removed, we respectfully request that the submission is coherent and still allows the Admissions Team to make an informed decision about the candidate. 
     
    The technical writing sample is distinct from the Statement of Purpose (also called the Personal Statement). The Statement of Purpose helps the admissions committee understand your academic objectives and determine if you are a good match for the program you are applying to. The goal of this document is to impress upon the admissions committee that you have solid background and experience, and that you have the potential to be successful in graduate study. The Statement of Purpose is also a place, if necessary, to address any blemishes, gaps, or weaknesses in your academic record. In these situations, be honest but brief. Focus on how you overcame obstacles, remained persistent in the pursuit of your goals and showed resilience. Share what you learned from the particular experience, and how it led you to become a better scholar or person.

What are the institutional and departmental codes for the TOEFL and GRE scores?

  • Institutional code: 2098
  • Departmental code for GRE: 1199
  • Departmental code for TOEFL: 65

We accept TOEFL and IELTS scores.