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MPS Admissions and Academic Requirements

Admissions

The Cornell University Graduate School administers admissions to the Master of Professional Studies Program at Cornell.  Please visit the Cornell University Graduate School website for details.

Fall 2018 application deadlines range depending on individual graduate fields, from December 1, 2017-April 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact the Office of Professional Programs and Extended Learning (CALSprofprograms@cornell.edu) if you need to submit your application after the deadline. 

Academic Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours related to the candidate's professional interest, as agreed upon with the faculty advisor.
    (a)   Twenty credit hours must be taken within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and at least 24 credits must be in courses numbered 4000 or higher.
    (b)   A maximum of 6 of the required 30 credit hours may be earned through the student's problem-solving project (see 3rd bullet).
    (c)   A maximum of 6 credit hours earned outside the program, at Cornell University or elsewhere, may be counted toward these requirements at the discretion of the student's faculty advisor. These credits must be appropriate to the subject of study and completed not more than five years before admission.
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters. One semester must be earned by carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours. In certain circumstances, the second semester credit may be earned by accumulating the remaining credit hours in the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at Cornell University or through transfer of credit (see item c above).
  • Satisfactory completion of a problem-solving project under the supervision of the faculty advisor. This project may be an action program, the development of a plan to address a pertinent problem, the development of materials or methodology suited to the student's situation, or the development and execution of research appropriate to the profession. A formal project report must be submitted to and approved by the candidate's faculty advisor. A copy is presented to the college MPS Committee and will be placed in Mann Library.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (minimum of 18 credit hours with letter grades at Cornell).
  • Completion of the degree within four years of admission. Some fields of study may have special requirements, so students should check with the field's Director of Graduate Studies for specific details.