Graduate Minor

Doctoral studies at Cornell are structured around fields of study and special committees. Students can complete a minor in any field of study by including a member of that field on their special committee. Information Science integrates methods and ways of knowing from many fields at Cornell, but any student in any field can pursue an IS minor.

There are no blanket requirements for completing a Ph.D. minor in Information Science. Each individual student must work with their IS committee member to determine their coursework and research agenda for the minor. If your Ph.D. work has connections to Information Science, we encourage you to peruse our core courses and faculty directory for more information.

Campus-to-Campus Travel Reimbursement Information

To encourage academically focused travel of Ph.D. students between the Ithaca campus and the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, a program of financial support was established with funding from the Deans at Cornell Tech, Computing and Information Science, and the College of Engineering.

The basic principle is where the student’s faculty supervisor provides 50 percent of the cost of the student’s travel and the other 50 percent is covered by funding from the Dean or Director (Jacob’s Institute) where the student’s tuition is credited.

The structure of the Information Science PhD programs is different from many of the other fields represented at Cornell, which creates different needs for interaction and travel between the two campuses. In particular, Information Science does not require students to spend their first year in Ithaca, and Information Science Ph.D. students are immediately assigned a first-year advisor different from the DGS.

To address the difference, the Department of Information Science has supplemental funds to further increase the options available to Information Science students to be reimbursed for travel between the two campuses.


  1. Carefully read the information on the Complete Travel Support Communication
  2. Travel must be approved in advance and submitted to the appropriate Dean’s financial office with signature or email approval of faculty supervisor included with the PhD Travel Support Application.
  3. Students must submit a travel reimbursement request form with appropriate receipts to receive reimbursement.
    • Ithaca based students may submit the completed form either in person or via email to Finance Manager YL Guanchez at, 105E Gates Hall
    • Cornell Tech based students may submit the completed form via email to the Cornell Tech Finance Team at

ID Card Access for each campus:

Ithaca Students Going to Tech:

  • Your Ithaca prox cards do not work at the Tech campus.
  • The faculty person you are meeting with at Tech, must arrange with the Security Office at the Tech Campus for you to have access during your time at Tech. 
  • You will need to coordinate this with the faculty person you are visiting at least 2 weeks in advance. 
  • Long period access is only granted to students who change their campus location for at least a semester or longer. In this case, your Ithaca card will be collected at Tech and you will receive a Tech Campus ID card if you are switching campuses. 

Tech Students Going to Ithaca:

  • Tech Student’s current ID cards should have been activated, to be used both in Ithaca and at Tech, when you were matriculated.
  • Notify Barbara Woske that you will be on campus via email as soon as your travel plans are finalized.
  • In Ithaca this access allows you to gain entry to Gates Hall after hours.  You also will have access to the PhD labs, offices and experiment rooms that are located on the 2nd floor.  There are two desks reserved for visiting Tech Students in room 219 for your use while here.
  • If you arrive on campus and find your card is not working please email Terry Horgan,, to alert him your card is not working.  Terry will submit a trouble ticket to have this resolved.  Please copy Barbara Woske, Graduate Program Coordinator, on these emails.
  • Please note card access request take 24 – 48 hours to be completed and are only dealt with on Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  If you arrive on a Saturday, you may not have the issue resolved until the following Monday or Tuesday.
  • In emergencies, a temporary card may be borrowed from the Main office in 236 Gates Hall, Monday to Friday from 8am – 4:30 pm.

Graduate School Forms

Various PDF forms concerning all things graduate school can be found on Cornell's graduate forms page. 

Cornell University Policies

See Cornell's graduate school page to review university and graduate school policies, including the Code of Legislation, where students will find the timeline for their milestones. 

To review the rights and responsibilities for a TA/GRA, see Policy 1.3 Graduate Student Assistantship. This policy is designed to promote effective communication of expectations between students on assistantships and the faculty or staff members responsible for oversight.