FAQs - Online Learning

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Engineering Management Program Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?

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  • 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

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 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?

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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?


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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?

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Required courses

  • 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)
  • Visualizing Data (1 credit)
  • Two, On-campus intensives (1 credit each)

Electives (choose 2)

  • 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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 in June, attend the residential session in August, and begin their sequence of online courses in the Fall.

How much is tuition?

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Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis for distance learning students and is $2,442 per credit for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Is financial aid available?

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Several fellowships are available. Please visit the tuition and financial aid page for more information.

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.

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. 

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?

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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?

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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?

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No, only Master’s-level coursework can be transferred in.

Is there a final project or thesis required for the degree?

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The program requires a project only, no thesis is required.

Do I have to attend the two residential sessions?

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Yes, all students must attend both summer sessions in Ithaca, NY.

How the classes are delivered?

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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?

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You can expect to spend 2-3 hours per credit hour per week. During the Fall and Spring semesters, this is approximately 20 hours each week.

What is the difference between your on-campus degree and the online degree?

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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?

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No, the degree is a Master of Engineering Degree from the Cornell College of Engineering.

How many students are in a class?

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Between 20 and 40 students enroll each year.

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

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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?

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Email the change or attachment to engmanagement_grad@cornell.edu 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 program, receive invitations to information sessions, and get important updates. You can sign up for our mailing list here.