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Different campuses. Same PhD program.
PhD students at Cornell Tech in New York City pursue the same degree programs as their peers in Ithaca. They belong to the same graduate fields, follow the same application process, and have the same course and research requirements. They graduate with PhD degrees from Cornell University. In brief, a Cornell PhD student whose advisor is located at Cornell Tech is considered a PhD student at Cornell Tech.
The PhD students in NYC are those who do their research with Cornell Tech faculty advisors. Cornell Tech faculty belong to the same fields and departments as their Ithaca counterparts, and their research similarly spans a rich range of topics from theory to applications. But research areas--and advising styles, of course--differ among faculty members. For faculty and students alike, the NYC campus also provides a distinctively applied and entrepreneurial experience. Industry leaders are a common sight on campus, and are sometimes directly involved in faculty research.
For PhD students, how does New York City compare with Ithaca?
The formal degree requirements for students are identical across campuses, but there are cultural differences between the two. Cornell Tech is a new, graduate-only campus where the large majority of master’s students are enrolled in innovative degree programs emphasizing entrepreneurship and industry domains like Health Tech and Connective Media. The campus is marked by a culture of building: building systems, building companies, and building interdisciplinary connections and bridges between academia and industry—not to mention building a new campus.
Cornell Tech is also, of course, located in one of the greatest cities in the world. New York City has long been a global economic and cultural hub; it is now a leading city for tech innovation. While interests differ, students appreciate and enjoy the first-class research environments and cultures of both campuses. (It is worth noting that to cover their elevated cost of living, PhD students at Cornell Tech receive higher stipends when they relocate to NYC.)
The Computer Science PhD at Cornell Tech is run as a unified program with the Cornell University CS department. Any CS field member can advise CS PhD students. The degree requirements in Ithaca and the Cornell Tech campus are the same. Students interested in a PhD in computer science at Cornell Tech should therefore apply to the CS department of Cornell University. The application process is described here.
In their first year in the CS program, PhD students take courses in Ithaca and initiate research with faculty within the CS department in Ithaca and/or at Cornell Tech. Those who choose to work with advisors at Cornell Tech generally then relocate to New York City. Currently, most Cornell Tech students spend at least their first two semesters in Ithaca to fulfill their course requirements.
The Information Science PhD at Cornell Tech is run as a unified program with the Cornell University IS department. Any IS field member can advise IS PhD students. The degree requirements in Ithaca and the Cornell Tech campus are the same. Students interested in a PhD in information science at Cornell Tech should therefore apply to the CS department of Cornell University. The application process is described here.
IS students typically begin their studies in New York City at Cornell Tech.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) PhD at Cornell Tech is run as a unified program with the School of ECE at Cornell University. Any ECE field member can advise ECE PhD students. The degree requirements in Ithaca and on the Cornell Tech campus are the same. Students interested in a PhD in ECE at Cornell Tech should therefore apply to the School of ECE at Cornell University. The application process is described here.
ECE PhD students typically spend their first year taking classes in Ithaca as well as initiating research with faculty. Students who choose an advisor at Cornell Tech relocate to New York City.
The Operations Research PhD at Cornell Tech is run as a unified program within the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. Any OR field member can advise OR PhD students. The degree requirements in Ithaca and on the Cornell Tech campus are the same. Students interested in a PhD in operations research at Cornell Tech should therefore apply to Cornell University. The application process is described here.
In their first year in the OR program, PhD students take courses in Ithaca and initiate research with faculty within the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering in Ithaca and/or at Cornell Tech. Those who choose to work with advisors at Cornell Tech then relocate to New York City. Depending on the arrangements with the advisor and the requirements of the specific research path chosen by the student, the amount of time spent in Ithaca can extend into the second year of the PhD program.