Interested in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Dual MS Degrees programs but unsure of your technical background?  As you prepare to apply to our rigorous computer science-based master’s programs, you may be interested to learn about an exciting new opportunity to build on your technical knowledge.  

The curriculum at Cornell Tech consists of advanced level technical coursework designed for digital pioneers who believe in technology’s power for impact and change and want to learn how to create it. Tech Prep ensures that students have an adequate background in computer science and related mathematics before being admitted to the Connective Media, Health Tech, or Urban Tech master’s program at Cornell Tech.

Who Should Consider Tech Prep:

Tech Prep is designed for individuals who do not come from a traditional computer science background and/or are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses required for the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Dual Masters Degrees programs.

Applying to Tech Prep:

  1. Please direct any inquiries to 
  2. Complete the online Tech Prep application and upload your most up-to-date resume and academic records (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) by September 30, 2021. 
  3. A member of the Tech Prep team will reach out to you shortly to determine if you qualify for the program.
  4. Tech Prep students who successfully complete the program will receive a fee waiver to apply to one of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Dual MS Degrees programs in Connective Media, Health Tech, or Urban Tech.



Cost of Program:

While Tech Prep is a valuable resource for students interested in enhancing their computer science skills, it is not a credit-bearing or certificate program. No Cornell tuition is charged for Tech Prep, nor is any Cornell credit, certificate, or degree awarded for it (no academic transcript of work in the Tech Prep program is provided from Cornell)..

Participants are required to cover the cost of their Coursera subscription for the duration of the program.  For details on Coursera costs, visit:   

Timeline for Tech Prep:

Tech Prep is a highly individualized, self-paced online program. Participants who wish to apply for Fall 2022 admission to the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees programs should complete the Coursera modules and technical assessments by no later than January 15, 2022.  The total length of the program can be anywhere between 1-3 months, depending on the number of modules required of an individual applicant. 

Topics Covered:

  1. Object-Oriented Programming
  2. Data Structures and Algorithms
  3. Probability and Statistics
  4. Linear Algebra

It is important to note that the above-mentioned content is required for many of the core courses in the Connective Media, Health Tech, and Urban Tech programs. You will complete a sequence of six Coursera courses in these areas (i.e., courses are offered by Coursera, not by Cornell Tech) through which you will receive video instruction, read online materials, complete assignments, and take quizzes and exams all on Coursera. Periodically, a teaching assistant (TA) from Cornell Tech will conduct an independent assessment of your progress through the courses to ensure that you are on track and mastering the material.