Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to more than one master's program at Cornell Tech?
You may only apply to one master’s program at Cornell Tech per admissions cycle. Any additional applications that you submit will not be considered. In addition to applying to Cornell Tech, you may apply to master’s programs on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca (Note: the Ithaca campus uses a separate application system and you will need to apply for their programs using their application system)
What is the application timeline?
The application timeline varies by program. JCTMBA applicants should expect to hear from us 4-6 weeks after the round deadline. Master of Engineering, Master of Laws and Jacobs Dual MS Degrees applicants should expect to hear back from us 6-8 weeks after the round deadline. To take full advantage of available scholarships, we encourage you to submit your application by the Priority Deadline Date for your program.
What is the admit rate and advantage of applying during the priority deadline or round 2?
We do not publish admit rates for any of our master’s programs as this figure changes from year to year and is not indicative of an individual’s competitiveness for our programs. To take full advantage of available scholarships, we encourage you to submit your application by the Priority Deadline Date for your program.
Does Cornell Tech offer Spring admission?
No, Cornell Tech does not offer Spring admission for any of its master’s programs. The JCTMBA program starts each Summer (mid-May) and our other master’s programs begin each Fall (mid-to-late August).
Does Cornell Tech offer scholarships and are international students eligible?
Cornell Tech offers scholarship aid to a limited number of master’s degree students each year. All scholarships at Cornell Tech are merit-based and determined by a review of all the applicant’s credentials at the time of their admission. All admitted students who are not fully sponsored are considered – no additional application is needed. To take full advantage of available scholarships, we encourage you to submit your application by the Priority Deadline Date for your program. We encourage all students to pursue outside funding sources to supplement any available institutional aid. We recommend you begin this process early to ensure you adhere to their respective application deadlines. Below is a list of potential outside sources of aid:
What are the minimum GRE, GPA, and/or TOEFL scores required for admission?
There are no minimum GRE/GMAT or GPA requirements to apply for admission consideration. We do require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.5. Applicant scores and grades will be evaluated in the context of other applicants.
Please note that the admissions committee reviews applications from a holistic perspective. Applicants can offset lower test scores with captivating personal statements, strong letters of recommendation, and professional and research experience.
For more information regarding the standardized test requirements, please visit the appropriate admissions application webpages.
Does your program accept at home (online) GRE/GMAT/TOEFL tests scores?
Can I waive the GRE/GMAT test based on professional experience or an advanced degree?
The GRE is required for admission to the Master of Engineering and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Dual Master Degrees programs. The GMAT may be submitted for admission to the Johnson Cornell Tech program. Students who have received (or will have received) a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University are exempt from the GRE requirement. For all other applicants, the GRE/GMAT requirement cannot be waived. All official test scores should be reported directly to Cornell University. For more information and details about reporting your score, read about Cornell’s Required Tests.
My test scores won't be available until after the application deadline. Can I still apply?
You should plan to take any required tests well in advance of the application deadline. We recommend that you submit your application by the deadline date and your scores as soon as possible.
Can I work while attending Cornell Tech?
The accelerated, sequential nature of our curriculum makes it challenging to balance work with program obligations. We generally discourage students from working during the academic year.
Are the programs at Cornell Tech STEM-designated?
Yes, all Cornell Tech master’s programs are STEM-designated
English was the medium of instruction at the university I attended. Am I exempt from taking the TOEFL test?
With few exceptions, all international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language via a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. For more information and details about exemptions and reporting your English proficiency test score, read Cornell’s English Language Proficiency Requirement.
Does Cornell Tech offer any part-time or online options?
No, because of our unique interdisciplinary studio team approach, all of our programs are full time and require in-person instruction.
What are the employment statistics for Cornell Tech?
Employment statistics for our Master of Engineering and Dual MS Degrees can be found at https://tech.cornell.edu/career-management/employment-statistics-technical-programs/.
Employment statistics for the JCTMBA program can be found at https://tech.cornell.edu/career-management/employment-statistics-professional-programs/.
What type of career support services does Cornell Tech provide?
Career Management at Cornell Tech is focused on maximizing the career potential of our graduates, regardless of their path. We work with students one-on-one to develop a career plan not just post-graduation, but also for their long term career trajectory. For a complete list of services, visit https://tech.cornell.edu/career-management/.
Is work experience required?
The JCTMBA program at Cornell Tech requires 2-3 years of post-graduate work experience. While many of our Master of Engineering and Dual MS Degrees students do have internship and full-time work experience, it is not a requirement for admission.
What makes a competitive applicant to Cornell Tech's master's programs?