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Admissions

Deadlines

The deadline for Fall admission is January 15th.  The online application and all the supporting materials must be received on or before this date in order for the application to be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Spring admission is open only to Cornell students and alumni. The deadline is October 1st.

Required Application Materials

For non-Cornell Students

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application (online only), which includes:
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resume (optional)
    • Transcripts for all undergraduate institutions you've attended. We require scanned copies attached to your online application. Only admitted students are required to submit official transcripts by mail.
    • General GRE test scores. You must have ETS report your scores directly to the Graduate School (institution code 2098). There is no subject test required.
    • Video interview, accessed through the online application

For Cornell Students and Alumni

Important Note: Please do not send any additional materials that have not been requested. This increases processing time, and additional materials are typically not considered during the admissions process. If you believe your application can't be considered without a particular document, please submit it electronically through the online application system after obtaining permission from our office.

International Applicants

All international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency Requirement.

Costs

All Students of the MPS program in Information Science will pay the Cornell endowed rate. The MPS tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $52,612. Students are billed per semester at the rate of $26,306 (each semester). Further information about tuition and funding is available on the Graduate School website.

Preparation and Fit

The graduation requirements for the Masters program are based on the assumption that entering students have a foundation in technical, social science, and human-centered systems areas. An ideal incoming student will have solid writing skills, computing experience with some proficiency in a high-level programming language and an understanding of web technologies, good analytical skills, an understanding of the human/cognitive facet of information systems, and a mathematical foundation that includes calculus, probability, statistics, and linear algebra.

Exceptional students from related backgrounds who do not meet the basic requirements for the program may apply for a three-semester version of the program.  If you feel you will need the 3-semester option you are required to add to your statement of purpose the reason why you believe your academics will take 3 semesters to complete.  The additional explanation should be short and concise, no more than 200 words.  During the admission review process it will be decided if you are admitted to the 2- or 3-semester option, which will be stated in the formal admission letter.  All decisions are final and there will be no future petition process in regards to a 3-semester option. Please be aware there is no reduced tuition for the third semester, you will be charged the full tuition amount of one semester, no matter how many classes you enroll for.  For further questions please contact the Information Science Graduate Coordinator, Barbara Warner, at bae2@cornell.edu