Frequently Asked Questions

The MPS degree program is a course-based, master’s graduate degree program. It is a fully accredited program, registered with New York State Education Department and SUNY.

  • Top-ranked institution with premium faculty
  • Wide range of study areas, including business and other technical areas
  • Flexibility in customizing your own course of study
  • Typically completed in one year
  • Capstone project

While both the MPS and MS degree are graduate level, master’s degrees, there are specific differences:

 

MS MPS

Format

Course-based Research-based
Final Project Capstone project Thesis

Length

Typically one year Typically 2-3 years
Funding Self-funded, usually with federal  and/or private loans Funded by the department with  stipends and teaching  assistantships
Ideal For Individuals who want to pursue careers in industry, government, or non-profit agencies; some continue in research Individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in research or academia

 

Through coursework, team projects, and workshops, the MPS program expands your versatility and career skills. You will work with your advisor and the Office of Professional Programs and Extended Learning to identify the courses that best suit your needs.

The Office of Professional Programs and Extended Learning host an engaged learning series that focuses on developing career skills including:

  • Developing resumes and personal narratives
  • Mock interviews
  • Team-building workshops
  • Business dining etiquette
  • Personality assessment tools

The MPS is intended for individuals who are seeking a course-based master's degree so as to go into business, industry, or government work.

At Cornell, if you want to go on for a PhD after the MPS you must apply as a new student to the PhD program; you would be considered as part of the pool of PhD applicants and, if admitted, you might be able to apply some of your MPS coursework but there is no guarantee. The target time for completion of the PhD program is between 3 and 5 years; the actual time to completion varies by student.

The 2019-2020 rate is $37,022 for the CALS MPS programs.

The Cornell University Graduate School administers admissions to the Master of Professional Studies Program at Cornell.

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines
Animal Science, MPS  February 15, 2020
 BEE MEng and MPS March 1, 2020      
 Food Science and Technology, MPS February 1, 2020
 Global Development, MPS March 15, 2020*
Horticulture, MPS February 15, 2020
Landscape Architecture, MLA January 4, 2020
Landscape Architecture, MPS February 15, 2020
Natural Resources, MPS February 28, 2020*
Plant Biology, MPS February 15, 2020
Soil and Crop Sciences, MPS February 15, 2020

*Applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available

Required TOEFL scores are assigned and reviewed by the Cornell Graduate School.  Currently the minimum TOEFL scores of the Internet-Based Test (iBT) version are:

  • 15 Listening
  • 22 Speaking
  • 20 Reading
  • 20 Writing

 

Contact the Office of Professional Programs and Extended Learning

  • calsprofprograms [at] cornell.edu (By email)
  • By phone: 607-255-1572 (daytime)
  • In person: 212 Kennedy Hall