FAQs - Online Learning
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Engineering Management Program Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admission requirements?Click to Open
- An 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
- Technical writing sample
- A combination of three letters of recommendation, professional and academic
- GRE scores (optional)
- TOEFL/IELTS for international students
I have less than two years of work experience, can I apply?Click to Open
We are currently only accepting applicants with at least two years of professional work experience. Our on-campus program does not require work experience.
What undergraduate math sequence is required?Click to Open
Admitted students have taken a mathematics sequence that includes Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, Differential Equations and a Calculus-based Engineering Physics and Statistics.
What are the course requirements?Click to Open
- Project Management and Leadership (4 credits)
- Data Analytics for Engineering Managers (4 credits)
- Economics and Finance for Engineering Managers (4 credits)
- Managing a Culture of Innovation (3 credits)
- Decision Framing and Analytics (3 credits)
- Engineering Management Project
- Python Refresher (1 credit)
- Two, On-campus intensives (1 credit each)
Electives (6 credits)
- Risk Analysis and Management
- Design Thinking for Complex Systems
- Managing Operations
- Product Management
- Negotiations and Contracts for Engineering Management Managing Operations
More information is available on the Courses page.
Can I take online classes other departments at Cornell?Click to Open
No. Only classes listed on our courses page are available to students in the Engineering Management Distance Learning program.
Can I start in the Online Learning program and transfer to the On-Campus program?Click to Open
Yes. Students who wish to transfer from the online learning program to the on-campus program must complete at least two semesters as a part-time online learning student before switching. The on-campus program is a full-time, residential degree program and students are required to enroll in at least 12 credits each semester. It is best to discuss this option with your advisor as soon as possible and final approval will be granted by the Director.
Can I attend events on campus if I am a online learning student?Click to Open
Absolutely! Online learning students are welcome on campus and all Cornell resources will be available to you including career fairs and special events. However please note that due to COVID-19, visits to campus may be restricted or visitors may be required to quarantine upon arrival. Be sure to check Cornell’s Covid update page for the latest information about campus visits: https://covid.cornell.edu/
What are you looking for in the statement of purpose and the technical writing sample?Click to Open
In your statement of purpose, explain to the review committee who you are, your academic and professional interests, and how you could add value to the program.
The technical 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.
GRE scores are optional, but do high scores strengthen an application?Click to Open
The GRE is not required and the absence of a GRE score does not affect our decision. A strong GRE score can boost an application for those who are weak in other areas.
Can applicants submit unofficial transcripts?Click to Open
For the application review, unofficial transcripts are all that are required. However, the Graduate School does require official copies of transcripts once students are admitted/matriculated. More information is available here.
Can I join the program in the Spring?Click to Open
At this time, we have one enrollment cycle per year and each new cohort will begin their program in the summer. Students take the online Python Refresher course and attend the residential session in June, then begin their sequence of online courses in the Fall.
How much is tuition?Click to Open
Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis for distance learning students and is $2,174 per credit for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Is financial aid available?Click to Open
Several fellowships are available. Please visit the tuition and financial aid page for more information.
Do you offer education benefits for Veterans?Click to Open
Yes. Cornell offers benefits through the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available here.
Can I have an application fee waiver?Click to Open
The application fee is $105 and the Engineering Management Admissions Team does not offer application fee waivers.
In cases where the application fee presents a financial hardship for an applicant, the Graduate School will consider a request for a fee waiver. More information regarding application fee waivers is available here.
Can I take more than 2 years to complete the degree?Click to Open
Yes, once you matriculate, you need to finish your M.Eng. degree within 6 years. Please be aware that some required courses are only offered once per year. You must also take at least one course per semester or formally request a leave of absence.
Can I transfer credits into the distance learning program?Click to Open
Students may transfer up to nine credit hours of Master’s-level coursework if they have not been used toward a conferred degree and upon program approval. Once accepted into the program, students can submit a formal transfer petition, transcript, a course description, and a syllabus for any credit hours to be considered. The Director approves all transfer requests.
Students enrolled in Lockheed Martin’s ELDP can transfer up to 9 TDC credits toward the degree with approval by the Director.
I took an eCornell certificate, can I transfer this credit?Click to Open
No, only Master’s-level coursework can be transferred in.
Is there a final project or thesis required for the degree?Click to Open
The program requires a project only, no thesis is required.
Do I have to attend the two residential sessions?Click to Open
Yes, all students must attend both summer sessions in Ithaca, NY.
How the classes are delivered?Click to Open
Courses are online and asynchronous to allow students to continue working full time. In some classes, synchronous lectures are recorded so that students can view them on their own time. Students engage with the curriculum using innovative technology, real-world case studies, projects, and active learning techniques. In addition to course videos, instruction may include practice activities, cohort discussions, expert opinion videos, and group projects.
How much time per week can I expect to spend on coursework?Click to Open
Students are expected in an average week to have 2-3 hours of work outside of class per credit hour of letter-graded coursework per Cornell University guidelines as well as the New York State Education Department (e.g., 8 credits = approximately 16-24 hours of per work week not including class time).
What is the difference between your on-campus degree and the online degree?Click to Open
All students need 30 credits to graduate with an M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) degree. Content is exactly the same for both groups (except for the two on-campus summer sessions) -- only the delivery is different.
Does my diploma indicate that this was an online degree?Click to Open
No, the degree is a Master of Engineering Degree from the Cornell College of Engineering.
How many students are in a class?Click to Open
Between 20 and 40 students enroll each year.
My application is complete, when can I expect a decision?Click to Open
Decisions are rolling and typically made within 6 weeks once all application materials (including test scores and letters of recommendation) are received. We may 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?Click to Open
Email the change or attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Change to Application for YOUR NAME.”