Computer Science

The Computer Science PhD at Cornell Tech is the same program as in 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 and does not distinguish between the campuses.

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. PhD students at Cornell Tech can engage Ithaca faculty on their committees and are welcome to spend time in Ithaca as appropriate for their research. Currently, most Cornell Tech students spend at least their first two semesters in Ithaca to fulfill their course requirements.

Information Science

The Information Science PhD at Cornell Tech is the same as in 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 IS department of Cornell University. The application process is described here and does not distinguish between the campuses.

IS students typically begin their studies in New York City at Cornell Tech.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) PhD at Cornell Tech is the same as in 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 and does not distinguish between the campuses.

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.

Operations Research

The Operations Research PhD at Cornell Tech is the same as in 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 and does not distinguish between the campuses.

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.