We offer qualified Cornell undergraduates the opportunity to begin work toward the MPS degree in their final semester of undergraduate study. This Early Admission Petiton option is available for Cornell undergraduate students who have 8 credits or fewer left to complete their undergraduate degree. This is not an official offer of admission, this is a petition to take graduate level courses. These courses can potentially be counted as credits towards a future MPS degree if an offer of admission is given. Students may take 5000 or higher level courses during their Senior year, that may count toward the MPS degree (as long as those courses don't also fulfill a requirement for the undergraduate degree). Students who have an Early Admit Petition approved, should plan to complete the MPS program within one semester immediately following their last undergraduate semester. Students should keep this in mind when selecting their courses during their final semester as an undergrad and also when they are enrolling as a graduate student.  

Successful applicants are those who will have a bachelor’s degree in Information Science (B.A.) or Information Science, Systems and Technology (B.S.); or a bachelor’s degree with a minor in Information Science and a major in Computer Science (B.A.or B.S.), Operations Research and Information Engineering (B.S.), or Communications (B.S.).  Students who meet our written standards, or have similar preparation, and have demonstrated the skills needed to be successful in the program may also be considered. 

Students cannot count courses applied to the MPS in Information Science toward their undergraduate degree, or any other degree program, or vice versa. This is not a dual degree program. No courses taken prior to being admitted to the MPS program will count toward the MPS degree. 

Acceptance of the Early Admit Petition does not guarantee acceptance to the MPS program. Students must apply officially by completing the Cornell Graduate School Online Application.

ELIGIBILITY

You're eligible for the Early Admit option if you:

  • are enrolled in your last semester as a Cornell undergraduate
  • have 1–8 credits left to complete your undergraduate degree
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2
  • you have the required preparation and fit

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Fill out the IS MPS Early Admit Application and submit it to the Info Sci Graduate Program Coordinator Barbara Woske.
  2. If the petition is approved by the MPS Director, you will receive a letter from the Graduate Program Coordinator. At that time, you will need to complete the Cornell Graduate School Online Application for admission to the MPS program and upload the completed and approved IS MPS Early Admit Petition as an attachment to your application.

If you are admitted, it will be contingent upon successful completion of your undergraduate degree.

DEADLINES

Cornell Undergraduates wishing to apply to the MPS program as an Early Admit candidate should follow the timeline outlined below in order to become eligible to apply for the program:

Graduating in December with your undergraduate degree?

  • Deadline: May 1
  • If the petition is approved, you will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses for the Fall term that will count toward your MPS degree. During the fall term, you will be required to submit a Graduate Admissions application. Please see application deadlines on our admissions page.

Graduating in May or August with your undergraduate degree?

  • Deadline: October 25
  • If the petition is approved, you will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses for the spring term that will count toward your MPS degree. You will be required to submit a Graduate Admissions application. Please see application deadlines on our admissions page.

PLANNING FOR EARLY ADMIT

Early admit students will typically complete the MPS degree with one semester of additional study after their final undergraduate semester. Because most of the required courses for the MPS degree are taught only once per year, students planning on participating in the Early Admit program must plan carefully. Early Admit students will indicate which courses will meet requirements for their undergraduate degree and which will count toward the MPS. Each student's plan is confirmed by the undergraduate and graduate coordinators in order to be sure the requirements for each program are being met.

Interested in Applying?

Afte reading the above information, if you have more questions please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Barbara Woske, by email – bae2@cornell.edu. Or book an appointment through Bookings.