Ph.D. Degree

Why the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering?


Graduate fields cross traditional college and department boundaries and afford a graduate student maximum flexibility in designing a program represented by faculty from virtually any discipline on campus.

One of the Top 10 Mechanical Engineering Departments 

The Sibley School is consistently ranked one of the top ten best graduate mechanical engineering programs. Our exceptional faculty are leaders in their field and have a diverse range of research interests.

1st Semester Fellowship

Students do not choose a Ph.D. advisor before applying. Matriculated students are afforded the opportunity to interact with a number of faculty in seeking a good student-advisor match within the first semester. 

Grad Student Community

Prospective graduate students are drawn to the Sibley School by the close community of multi-cultural and diverse graduate students. Students feel as though they are part of an inclusive community that supports one another throughout the Ph.D. process. 

5 Years of Funding

We offer five years of funding to all admitted Ph.D. students (contingent upon maintaining good academic standing).


Cornell is located in the beautiful New York Finger Lakes region. Ithaca has been rated one of the top 25 best small cities in America due to the abundance of outdoor activities, natural beauty and thriving restaurant and brewery scene. Ithaca is also within 6 hours of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Contact Information


Assistant Director for Graduate Affairs
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
343 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5250

Hengye Yang

I really like the culture and atmosphere in MAE. People help and support each other here. For me, MAE is more like a family that welcomes everyone from all over the world.

— Hengye Yang
Alap Kshirsagar

Cornell MAE has state-of-the-art research facilities, especially in robotics, and a multicultural and international group of students and researchers. The graduate students support each other very well. The faculty members are leaders in their respective fields and have multidisciplinary collaborations. I am glad that I chose Cornell MAE for pursuing my graduate studies.

— Alap Kshirsagar