Pursue your goals through purpose-driven science

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers research-centered (MS/PhD) advanced degree programs in more than 30 fields of study and course-based professional master’s degree programs in several key areas of specialization.

While research-centered graduate degrees often lead to academic careers and scientific discovery, professional master’s degree programs (MPSMLA and MEng) are designed to enhance careers in industry, government and nonprofit agencies.

Admissions decisions for all CALS graduate degree programs are made by CALS graduate field faculty committees. The Cornell University Graduate School administers the application process for graduate programs at Cornell.

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Graduate study is organized using a field structure that spans departments and even disciplines, connected around a shared intellectual interest.

A Viticulture and Enology student in a winemaking laboratory

CALS offers research-centered advanced degree programs in more than 30 fields of study. Regardless of field, they are bound by a common philosophy of academic freedom and flexibility.

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Flexible, interdisciplinary master’s degree programs offer customized coursework and experiential projects to advance technical knowledge, preparing you to move directly into the workforce upon graduation.