Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    Jun 03, 2023  
Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

In the Graduate School .

Requirements for Admission

A successful applicant to the Graduate School must:

  1. have received a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing
  2. have adequate preparation for graduate work in the chosen field of study
  3. have fluent command of the English language
  4. present evidence of promise in advanced study and research and
  5. if required by the field, take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test or other specific examinations.

Additionally, international students must provide proof of competency in English as part of the admissions process. The requirement will be waived if the applicant is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (except Quebec). Proof can be:

  1. the following minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): writing, 20; listening, 15; reading, 20; and speaking, 22. Individual fields of study may set higher minimums
  2. an overall band score of 7.0 or higher on the IELTS Academic test
  3. the applicant studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa.

Information about the TOEFL exam and the GRE—including examination times, dates, locations, and application forms—is available online from the Educational Testing Service or by postal mail at ETS, Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A.

Information about the IELTS Academic exam, including examination dates and locations and registration information, is available online at


Each graduate field of study has specific deadlines for fall and spring admission. Many deadlines fall between early-December and mid-January. Applications should be received no later than those published dates.


Applicants should contact the fields of study for answers to specific questions about admission to their graduate programs. Contacts in the fields of study also can answer questions about facilities for advanced study and research, special requirements, and opportunities for fellowships and assistantships. Phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information are available online.

General questions about graduate study can be directed to Graduate School Admissions, (607) 255-5820,, or by writing to Graduate School Admissions, 172 Caldwell Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-2602.

For More Information

Detailed information about the admissions process, academic programs, financial aid, and student services is available at the Graduate School website. The site features links to the Graduate School’s online application, printable forms, and links to sites of interest to graduate applicants.


Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education

Jan Allen, associate dean for academic and student affairs

Sara Xayarath Hernandez, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement

Jason Kahabka, associate dean for administration

Janna Lamey, assistant dean for graduate student life


The Graduate School’s unique organization into fields of study ensures that faculty and students across the university can share ideas and work together freely and without undue administrative barriers.

Cornell’s nearly 1800 graduate faculty represent the nation’s finest researchers, scholars, and teachers.