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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 Fall admission into our residential On-Campus Program and between August and April for Summer admission into our part-time Distance 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 Master of Engineering 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 2.7/4.0 but our average GPA for incoming students is considerably higher. 

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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You can find the full listing of the tuition costs on our bursar's office webpage.

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. We do not offer any need-based financial aid.

We encourage you to explore these financial aid resources:

  • Visit the Paying for Your Degree webpage to see the merit-based award options available from the College of Engineering.
  • 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 graduate teaching/research specialists (GTRS) stipends available each term for up to 10 hours of work per week. 

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 

What is the English Language Proficiency Requirement?

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All applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency.  There are 3 ways this may be done:

  • Submit Scores – Provide official IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT test scores that meet the M.Eng. Programs' minimums.
  • Request a Standing Exemption in your application for admission – On the first page of the application form, you will attest that you meet one of the standing exemptions. Provide documentation if required.
  • Request a Special Exemption – In exceptional cases, applicants may ask for a special exemption.

Additional information can be found on the M.Eng. Programs Application Guide.

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. 

What is the average number of students in the cohort?

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We typically have between 55 and 65 students in each Engineering Management cohort.

Can students enroll in the Winter Term?

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No, typically students can only enroll in the Fall.

Can you connect me with a current student or alum?

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You may also have an opportunity to hear from current Engineering Management students during an information session.

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

I am a current Cornell student and I have questions about Early Admit. Who should I talk to?

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Please email the Engineering Management Program Coordinator, Diana Peppin, to schedule a meeting.

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.”