The Application system is open as of September 1, 2019

Deadlines

For Cornell students and alumni: The deadline for Fall admission is June 1, 2020. 

For non-Cornell students: The deadline for Fall admissions is January 15, 2020.

The Information Science MPS degree program is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 admission cycle from current Cornell students and alumni until June 1, 2020. The application deadline for non-Cornell students and alumni is January 15, 2020. The 2020 application will be open on August 30, 2019. The online application and all the supporting materials, including the online video interview, must be received on or before the posted deadline above in order for the application to be reviewed. Incomplete or late 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

Fall 2020 deadline: January 15, 2020

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application, 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

Fall 2020 deadline: June 1, 2020 (Spring deadline October 1, 2019)

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application, 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.

Employee Degree Program for Cornell alumni

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application, 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.
    • Acceptance Deposit Fee is Waived for all EDP applications

Employee Degree Program for non-Cornell alumni

  • Cornell University Graduate School Application, 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.
    • Acceptance Deposit Fee is Waived for all EDP applications

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.

Information Science is a STEM program.

Costs

All students of the MPS program in Information Science will pay the Cornell endowed rate. The MPS tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $56,550. Students are billed per semester at the rate of $28,275 (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.