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Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Program

Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an accredited, course-based, one-year master's degree program.  

The CALS MPS degree program prepares students for the 21st-century workplace through knowledge development and career skillset refinement.  The specialized, course-based instruction led by world-class faculty broadens expertise and expands versatility.

Program Description: 

The CALS MPS degree program is ideal for students who are interested in in-depth study of issues and advancements in the fields of  life, social and environmental sciences and agriculture.  The mix of coursework and capstone project prepares students for careers in industry, government, or non-profit agencies.  Some students may decide to continue in research.  

The MPS Program has two main components:

  1. Coursework: Students work with a faculty advisor to map out their individualized course of study based on their area(s) of interest.  While the majority of the courses (20 credits) will be in CALS, students have the flexibility to take courses across Cornell.
  2. Capstone project: With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students work on solving a real-world problem.

Development of career skills:

In addition to coursework and capstone project, MPS students participate in an engaged learning series.  These workshops focus on development of career skills.  Some workshops include:

  • Resume building
  • Personal narrative development
  • Mock interviews
  • Team projects

Career opportunities:

There are more than 1700 CALS MPS alumni around the globe. Among a wide range of careers, some of our recent alumni have held the following positions: policy advisor for UN development program, research and development scientist at Chobani, co-founder of Little Spoonful, regulatory affairs manager for the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, scientist at Kraft Heinz, regional administrator for the National Parks Service, and executive director of Ithaca Children's Garden.