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Cornell University - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants should: 1) hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent; 2) have adequate preparation for graduate study in the chosen field; 3) have fluent command of the English language; 4) present evidence of promise in advanced study and research; and 5) take the Graduate Records Examinations tests, if required by the field.

Foreign students: All transcripts and documents must be provided in the original language and accompanied by certified translations in English. Documents should include grades for each course, number of hours per week the course was studied, and the applicant's rank in class (if possible).

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

GPA and similar requirements vary by field. Many fields require that Fall admission applicants submit their completed applications by early January.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

All documents must be provided in the original language and accompanied by certified translations in English. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of competency in English. Acceptable proof includes: 1) a TOEFL test taken no more than two years before the date of application with an TOEFL iBT having a minimum score of 20 in writing, 15 in listening, 20 in reading and 22 in speaking, or a TOEFL paper based test with minimum score of 550 or 2) two or more years of study in an undergraduate or graduate program in a country where both the native language and the language of instruction are English.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

There are no additional requirements for non-resident students.

Residency Requirements

Doctoral degree candidates must complete at least six academic semesters of full time study and research (residence units) before the degree is granted. Master of Science degree candidates must earn at least two residence units. At least one-half of the residence units earned for a Master's or Ph.D. degree must be earned from full-time study at Cornell. There is a one semester residency requirement for the Master of Engineering degree, except for area residents participating in part-time programs and distance learning degree students.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Ph.D. degree candidates may be granted a maximum of two residence credits for a Master's degree earned at another institution if that degree is relevant to the doctoral program. No commitment regarding transfer of residence credit may be made until after the student has matriculated and the Special Committee has had an opportunity to judge the student's accomplishments. Candidates for the Master's of Science and Master's of Engineering degree programs cannot receive residence credit for previous study at other graduate schools. Candidates for Master of Engineering degree programs may transfer up to 9 credits with field approval.