Tuition and Financial Aid


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

Financial aid

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of any tuition assistance offered by their employers. We also offer two fellowships for Engineering Management Distance Learning students.


McMullen Diversity Fellowship (2)

The McMullen Diversity Fellowship seeks to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented groups in Engineering Management by recognizing the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will advance the Graduate School’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.

Who is eligible
Distance learning students entering the Cornell Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Engineering Management degree program. Eligible distance learning students must be either self-funded or partially funded by their employer (the McMullen Diversity Fellowship plus any employer assistance cannot exceed tuition). Additionally, students who receive the fellowship must maintain a 3.0 GPA and will forfeit the fellowship if they take a leave of absence.

To be eligible, prospective program applicants must be a U.S. citizen and identify as:
African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, and/or Native Pacific Islander

How to apply
To be considered, students need to submit an online application for admission and write a 500-word supplemental essay.

Success in graduate education requires significant persistence and resilience. The second supplemental essay should address how your personal, academic, and/or professional experiences demonstrate your ability to be both persistent and resilient especially when navigating challenging circumstances.

In addition, address how one or more of the following criteria applies to you:

  • first-generation college student
  • member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino)

  • experiences overcoming any significant challenges in your path toward graduate school (examples include but are not limited to: managing a disability, being of a gender historically underrepresented in your graduate field of study, and being a Veteran)

Application deadline
After completing the graduate school application, the supplemental essay must be sent to Tania Sharpsteen by March 15.

Award amount
The McMullen Diversity Fellowship supplements up to half tuition for a recommended course of study (4 semesters for Distance Learning students).

Knight Fellowship (1)

Lester B. Knight believed that leaders in the engineering profession require a strong foundation in business, and that leaders in business benefit from a strong foundation in engineering. The Lester B. Knight Scholarship is designed to assist and encourage top students to earn M.Eng. and MBA degrees at Cornell. The scholarship is the result of a generous gift by Mr. Knight and the continuing support of his family.

Who is eligible
To be eligible for a Knight Scholarship, an applicant should be:

  • Entering into the Cornell Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program


  • A Cornell M.Eng. graduate entering into an MBA degree program at the Johnson School

How to apply
To be considered, students need to complete an online application for admission, write a 500-word essay and submit a one-page resume. The essay should describe experiences that motivated you to pursue engineering and business, student's interests and achievements, and his/her future career goals.

• For M.Eng. applicants, the Knight Scholarship application is part of the M.Eng. online application for admission.


• MBA applicants who will be M.Eng. graduates by the time they enroll in the Johnson School, should fill out the MBA Online Application for Admission. They should also complete the Knight Scholarship Application Form (pdf) and submit it along with their essay and resume to engr_grad at cornell dot edu.

Cornell Engineering and the Johnson School each make their admission decisions independently, but the scholarship decision is made jointly by both colleges.

Application deadline
The application deadline is February 1, 11:59 p.m. Admitted applicants will receive a notification about their award together with, or soon after, their offer of admission. Late applications will not be considered. Awards are not made retroactively, i.e. after the student has paid the tuition fee for the semester.

Award amount
Knight Scholarships may provide as much as $40,000. Knight Scholars receive a $10,000 tuition award per semester for up to two semesters while enrolled as graduate students in the M.Eng. degree program and a $10,000 tuition award per semester for up to two semesters while enrolled in an MBA degree program at Cornell. Students entering the M.Eng. Degree program with Knight Scholarships may apply to the Johnson School up to five years after M.Eng. graduation and retain the MBA portion of their Knight scholarships.