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The deadline for Fall admission is January 22nd.  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. Please note our application is a two part application consisting of the formal application along with supporting materials AND an online video interview.

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. You will receive an email containing the link to the interview session after you submit the application.

For Cornell Students and Alumni

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application (online only), which includes:
    • One letter of recommendation. Additional letters are optional.
    • An eTranscript is required.
    • Statement of purpose.
    • Video interview, accessed through the online application. You will receive an email containing the link to the interview session after you submit the application.

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.

In order to be considered for admissions our minimum TOEFL scores are as follows:

Speaking:  24

Reading:  20

Listening:  15

Writing:  20

IELTS minimum score is as follows: An overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS.


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 are encouraged to apply. Upon your arrival, you will have the option to add a third semester to fulfill any missing course requirements. To petition for a third semester, fill out this form and submit it electronically to Information Science Graduate Coordinator Barbara Warner at 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. Students must enroll in at least 12 credits with a minimum of 6 credits being MPS-related courses at a 4000-level or higher.