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APPLY Online - Ithaca Campus

All completed application materials are due by January 15. Application review will begin directly following the January 15 deadline. The admissions process will be completed by April 15. Only completed applications will be reviewed and considered for admission.

Interested in visiting the Ithaca Campus?

If you intend to visit our campus seeking additional information regarding our M.Eng. Program, we would strongly encourage you to contact us in advance. This way, we will be able to set up a specific appointment for you. 

Please send email directly to sec36@cornell.edu so that a meeting can be scheduled ahead of time. 

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APPLY Online - New York City Tech Campus

Interested in visiting the New York City Tech Campus? 

Send email to admissions@tech.cornell.edu

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Admission Requirements

Statement of Purpose - All applicants are required to submit the SOP.

GRE - The GRE is required of all applicants. Only current Cornell Undergraduate Students are exempt from submitting GRE scores. It is required for all other applicants

While there are no strict minimum required scores, we look for scores close to:

"Old" Version of GREs:

  • Verbal – 500
  • Quantitative – 750
  • Analytical – 5.0

"New" Version of GREs:

  • Verbal - 153
  • Quantitative - 159
  • Analytical - 5.0

The Subjective portion of the GRE is not required. GRE scores must be official test results;photocopies are not acceptable. Scores need to be submitted directly to the Cornell Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Cornell's institutional code for the GRE is 2098; no Departmental Code is necessary. 

English Language Proficiency - TOEFL and IELTS

TOEFL -IBT version of the TOEFL (for international or non-English speaking students)
[see detailed requirements]

TOEFL scores must be official test results; photocopies are not acceptable. Scores need to be submitted directly to the Cornell Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Cornell's institutional code for the TOEFL is 2098; no Departmental Code is necessary. 

IELTS - A combined overall score of 7.0 is required for IELTS.

Recommendation Letters - A total of two (2) Letters of Recommendation are to be submitted. It is strongly suggested that they both be from faculty. The online application system default will only allow for the submission of two letters. If you wish to include a third letter, you may have your Recommender submit it directly to Scott Coldren via email as a PDF only (no other formats will be accepted) at sec36@cornell.edu

Transcripts - One (1) from each university you have attended. Each transcript must be translated into English. You should plan to upload a scanned copy in PDF format in your online application. No hard copy Transcripts will need to be submitted.

  • You may upload a scanned copy of your transcript into the CollegeNet Online Application System. Please use the following guidelines to do so:
    • Scan at the lowest dpi document (use under 200 dpi whenever possible).
    • Ensure that the institution name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process, and that it is clearly legible and can print on 8 ½" x 11" size paper.
    • Save your document as a PDF file.
    • Scanning in gray scale or black and white may produce the best results.
    • If you upload a scanned copy of your transcript, you do NOT have to provide an official hard copy version to accompany your application. You will only need to provide an official hard copy transcript if you are made an offer of admission and you choose to accept it.
    • If the scanned file is too large then make a photocopy first then scan the photocopy.

GPA - The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.5/4.0.

Resume or CV - Optional

DO NOT submit hard copy materials of any kind.

Early Admission Policy (Cornell Undergraduates ONLY)

If you are a Cornell Undergraduate student and are interested in learning more about the 'Early Admission' option, please visit the College of Engineering's website to learn more. Please note that this policy is **NOT** for students outside of the Cornell University community.

In addition to the College of Engineering's policy, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department also has its own procedures that we require all 'Early Admission' candidates to follow. They are as follows:

  1. ECE Undergraduate Students applying for the Early Admission Option for the 1-year M.Eng. Program must have between 1 - 8 credits left to complete in their undergraduate degree program in the second semester of their Senior Year in order to be considered eligible.
  2. Early Admission Applicants will be required to submit their completed application materials differently than normal applicants (see below).
  3. When choosing the correct term/semester to apply for as an Early Admission student in the Cornell online graduate application, the correct term/semester to choose would be the actual first semester of enrollment as an M.Eng. Student (i.e. the semester after all undergraduate degree requirements are completed). The 'Early Admission Semester' is the student's final semester of their Senior Year.

Spring Term - Early Admission Semester (Fall / Spring M.Eng. Program)

  1. This option would apply to students whose final semester of their Senior Year and their Early Admission semester would occur during the Spring.
  2. Applicants will be required to submit their completed application materials by October 15th.
  3. A completed Early Admission Petition Form will also be required along with all completed materials. An Early Admission Petition Form should propose a full 1-semester course work plan that will include both the remaining Undergraduate Requirements left to complete your degree, as well as the courses that will count towards an eventual M.Eng. Degree. Upon approval by the M.Eng. Committee, this will be the Student's contract with ECE. Any subsequent changes to the agreed upon and approved plan will require further review and approval by the M.Eng. Committee, as well as the submision of an updated Early Admission Petition Form.
  4. Early Admission Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session with the ECE M.Eng. Director in order to establish their plan and intentions. 
  5. Early Admission Applicants will be provided with their admission decision prior to the beginning the Pre-Enrollment process for the spring semester in early November.

Fall Term - Early Admission Semester (Spring / Fall M.Eng. Program)

  1. This option would apply to students whose final semester of their Senior year and their Early Admission semester would occur during the Fall.
  2. Applicants will be required to submit their completed application materials by normal deadline of January 15th.
  3. A completed Early Admission Petition Form will also be required along with all completed materials. An Early Admission Petition Form should propose a full 1-semester course work plan that will include both the remaining Undergraduate Requirements left to complete your degree, as well as the courses that will count towards an eventual M.Eng. Degree. Upon approval by the M.Eng. Committee, this will be the Student's contract with ECE. Any subsequent changes to the agreed upon and approved plan will require further review and approval by the M.Eng. Committee, as well as the submision of an updated Early Admission Petition Form.
  4. Early Admission Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session with the ECE M.Eng. Director in order to establish their plan and intentions. 
  5. Early Admission Applicants will be provided with their admission decision along with the rest of the group of applicants, and prior to April 15th.
  6. Students admitted for the Spring / Fall option as an Early Admission would be required to enroll in ECE 5010 for one credit during their second semester during the fall.