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FAQs - On Campus

Thank you for your interest in the Cornell Engineering Management Program. We hope this information is helpful and we look forward to receiving your application!

We typically accept applications between August and mid-January for Spring or Fall admission into our residential On-Campus Program and between August and April for Summer admission into our part-time Online Learning Program. To help you prepare your application and learn more about us, we have a number of FAQs addressing the most common questions we receive. Additional FAQs are also found on the graduate school FAQ page

Engineering Management Program Frequently Asked Questions

What undergraduate majors are eligible for the Engineering Management degree?

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We admit students with engineering undergraduate degrees with the standard mathematics, physics, and mechanics backgrounds. We will also accept Computer Science, Physics, or Information Science students who have a mathematical and statistical background (i.e., ~4 semesters of detailed Calculus I-III, Differential Equations, Prob/Stats, and highly quantitative electives).

Do my test scores/GPA qualify me for the program?

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We cannot evaluate your candidacy before you officially apply. The minimum GPA for the College of Engineering is 2.7 but our average GPA for incoming students is considerably higher. If you would like to see average scores from a previous cohort of students and learn more about admissions, please attend an information session

Are GRE scores required or considered?

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No, GRE scores are not required or considered for the Engineering Management degree program.

Do I need work experience?

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No, you don’t need work experience to apply to the Cornell Master of Engineering Management on-campus program.

What are the specialization areas?

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Each student’s program must include at least 9-credits worth of electives selected to provide a track area of specialization. We have put together seven track areas of specialization as well as a “build your own track” tied to common career paths of Engineering Management degree graduates. 

  • “Build your own” track
  • Consulting
  • Analytics
  • Product Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Computer Science
  • Real Estate and Construction Management
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Any 5000 or 6000-level College of Engineering non-seminar technical 3 credits or higher course is acceptable. You are also welcome to mix and match courses from different headings or choose courses aligned with your own interests to best serve your professional goals.

What is the tuition?

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The current semester tuition rate for M.Eng. students is $31,228. In addition, there is a $42.50 fee for Graduate Student Activities. You can find the full listing of the tuition costs here

Is any financial aid offered?

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As a professional Master’s program, we have a limited number of merit-based fellowships available to incoming students. Fellowships are only awarded to students applying for the Fall term. We do not offer any need-based financial aid.

We encourage you to explore these financial aid resources:

  • College of Engineering merit-based fellowships, partial tuition scholarships, and grader positions. You can find a listing of fellowships and scholarships here: Financial Aid for M.Eng. Students website.
  • College of Engineering Special Awards, including the Lester B. Knight Scholarship (up to $40,000) available to highly qualified students who intend to pursue both an M.Eng. and an M.B.A. at Cornell University. More information is available on the Lester B. Knight M.Eng./MBA Scholarship webpage.
  • External fellowships awarded by corporations, the government, and professional societies. Please see the searchable database maintained by the Cornell University Graduate School. Experience Cornell also has a fellowship list.
  • Federally funded loans available to Cornell graduate students through the Graduate School.
  • Information about private loans (including loans for international students).

How do I apply for the Knight Fellowship?

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You can submit your essay with your application for admission for the program or email it directly to with the subject line “Knight Fellowship Essay for YOUR NAME.” Please note that the deadline for the essay is February 1st and all essays must be emailed by 12:00pm EDT that day. 

Do you offer teaching assistantships?

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We do not offer teaching assistantships but there are a limited number of merit-based grader assignments each term. There are no merit-based grader positions for the Spring.

Do you offer education benefits for Veterans?

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Yes. Cornell offers benefits through the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available here

What is the job placement rate and where do students find employment?

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93% of students have a full-time opportunity within three months of graduation. More information about career opportunities and placement is here

Students have accepted positions at large and small companies in a number of sectors. Some employers from the past 5 years include: 

Accenture, Aecom, AllyO, Amazon, Black & Veatch, Blackstone, Bosch, Brown and Caldwell, CapitalOne, Capstone, Citibank, Clark Construction, Cornell University, Deloitte, Emerson, EY, FedEx, GE, Google, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase&Co., LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, Mastercard, McKinsey & Company, Merck, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, P&G, Pascal Metrics, Pepsico , PWC, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Sensata Technologies, Skanska, Starcom, Stroud, Sunpower, Verizon, Wayfair, Workday, and WSP 

How do I get an internship?

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Internships are not required or guaranteed. We support students who would like to do an internship in a number of ways including our Professional Experience Program

What is the English Language Proficiency Requirement?

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All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. International students demonstrate proficiency by submitting official IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam scores. Cornell does not accept PTE Academic scores or any other alternatives. An application cannot be considered for admission until Cornell receives official IELTS Academic or TOEFL scores. If your official IELTS Academic or TOEFL scores are not received, are no longer valid, or do not meet the minimum score requirements, we cannot issue a student visa document.


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The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam. 

  • When you register for the exam, you may select up to 5 institutions to which you would like to have your scores sent. Cornell University has multiple IELTS accounts so please be sure to select Cornell University Graduate Admissions when registering for your IELTS test date.
  • You may also submit a request to your test center to have additional score reports sent to institutions not originally listed on your test registration form. Scores must be sent electronically (e-delivery) to the Cornell University Graduate Admissions, Caldwell Hall e-download account. E-delivery may also be referred to as an e-TRF by your test center.
  • We do not accept paper IELTS Academic test report forms.


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For applicants living in regions where the TOEFL iBT is not available, Cornell will accept scores for the paper-delivered test. Although individual graduate fields may require higher scores, The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are:
Speaking: 22
Reading: 20
Listening: 15
Writing: 20

Can I get an exception or waiver to the IELTS/TOEFL requirement?

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The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. are not exempt from the requirement.
  • at the time you enroll at Cornell, you will 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. Even if English was the language of instruction at your school, if you did not study in one of these countries you are not exempt from the requirement. You must submit a transcript that shows you attended college in one of the approved locations, and that your academic program was at least two years in length.

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

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Institutional code: 2098 (this must be included but department codes are optional)
Departmental code for GRE: 1199 
Departmental code for TOEFL: 65

Can I have an application fee waiver?

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The application fee is $105 and the Engineering Management Admissions Team does not offer application fee waivers. 

You can find a link to the Graduate School’s fee waiver request form on the payment page of the online application form.

International applicants as well as U.S. applicants may be eligible for an application fee waiver. If you think you are eligible for a waiver, please submit your application and the fee waiver request at the same time, right in the application form. Waiver requests are reviewed and notifications are sent within 1-3 business days. Whenever possible, please submit your application with the fee waiver request at least 3 days before your application deadline. If your request is denied, you will receive a notification and you will be asked to revisit your application and pay the fee.

Please also visit the Graduate School website for more detailed information regarding application fee waivers.

What is the average age of students in the MEM program?

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The average age of students in the MEM program is 23-25.

What is the average number of students in the cohort?

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We typically have between 45 and 55 students in the Engineering Management cohort.

Can students enroll in the Winter Term?

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No, students can only enroll for the Fall or Spring semester.

Can you connect me with a current student or alum?

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We cannot provide contact information for our students or alumni, but you can search the Student Profile section  of our website or browse LinkedIn. Please be respectful when you connect with our students. If you attend an information session, you may also have an opportunity to hear from current Engineering Management students.

What are some of the on-campus clubs for students?

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Cornell has many clubs, activities, and student organizations. A list from the College of Engineering is available here

My application is complete, when can I expect a decision?

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Decisions will be made within 6 weeks of the application deadline once all application materials (including test scores and letters of recommendation) are received. We will interview candidates who meet minimum requirements over the web-conferencing platform, Zoom. If you are selected for an interview, more details will follow.

I need to make a change or upload a document to my submitted application. What should I do?

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Email the change or attachment to with the subject line “Change to Application for YOUR NAME.”

Do you have a mailing list?

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Yes, and it’s the best way to learn more about our admissions process and hear about program updates. You can sign up for our mailing list here