Admissions and Costs

Regular Admissions

The Sibley School accepts applicants for both the fall and spring semesters. Students applying to the Master of Engineering program must submit an application, college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE test scores. (See below for admission requirements for Cornell undergraduates.) International students from non-English speaking countries are required by the Graduate School to achieve minimum scores on each of the subsections of the TOEFL exam (see below).

A typical admit to our program has a GPA 3.6/4.0, GRE scores verbal >157; quantitative >164; analytic >3.0.

The Application

The Graduate School application must be submitted online. The application fee is $105; in cases of extreme financial need, the Graduate School will consider a request for a fee waiver. A letter of request for a waiver and documentation of need must be sent to

The Deadline

M.Eng. students are admitted in both the Fall and Spring semesters. The deadline for Spring is October 15, and for Fall admission, the deadline is February 1. This is the deadline for the applicant to submit the application; a reasonable amount of time is allowed for letters of recommendation and official test scores to be received once the application has been submitted.

Selecting a Field

The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers three masters of engineering degrees: Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics; you must choose one field at the time of application.

Selecting a Concentration

Each field has a number of concentrations from which to choose.

Statement of Purpose

This should be a one-page summary explaining why you wish to pursue a Master of Engineering degree.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and need to be requested electronically by providing the name and email address of each recommender on the application. We will not accept hard copy submission of recommendation letters and letters need to be submitted by the recommender.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants are required to take the GRE general test; a subject test is not required.

University Code: 2098; Department Codes: 1599 (Mechanical), 1601 (Aerospace), 1699 (Engineering Mechanics).

Official scores must be sent directly from ETS to Cornell University. Do not send copies of unofficial scores. GRE scores are valid for five years.

TOEFL/IELTS Examination (if applicable)

TOEFL or IELTS exam is required of all international applicants from countries where English is not the official language unless the applicant has studied for at least two years in a country where English is the official language and the language of instruction was English.

Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly from ETS to Cornell University. Do not send copies of unofficial scores. Please use University Code 2098; department codes are 68 (Mechanical), 63 (Aerospace), 69 (Theoretical and Applied Mechanics). University minimums for the iBT version of the TOEFL are: Writing, 20; Listening, 15; Reading, 20; Speaking, 22.

You must receive the minimum score on each subsection to be considered for admission.

The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Have IELTS send your Test Report Form (either by postal mail or electronically) to Cornell University -- Graduate Admissions. Please do not e-mail a scanned copy, or mail a photocopy of your TRF.


A copy of the transcript from each college you have attended is required; electronic copies of official transcripts are to be uploaded into your application. Hard copies of official transcripts will only be requested if you are admitted and plan to matriculate, and will not be reviewed as part of the application process.

Résumé or CV

You are not required to submit a resume or CV; however, if you wish, you may upload a copy of your resume or CV into the application; include a list of publications, if applicable, with your CV.

Do Not Send any hard copy documents they will not be reviewed.

Please do not send published papers, CDs, or any additional materials not listed above. A writing sample is not required.

Application Review Process

After the application deadline, applications will be reviewed once they are complete (official test scores and letters of recommendation are received). Application status can be monitored through the online application system, you will be contacted after the application deadline if additional information is required.

Admission Decision

All applicants will receive an admission decision via email. We expect to notify applicants for Spring admission by November 15 and for Fall by March 15.

Admissions for Cornell Students

The deadline for spring admission is October 15; fall admission deadline is February 1.

Steps to apply:

  1. Application: Visit the Graduate School website and fill out the application online for the semester in which you will actually be a graduate student (for early admits not the first semester where you will still be an undergraduate). An application fee of $105 is required. Do not be concerned about selecting a concentration or research interest; you have to pick one in order to continue with the application process but it does not matter for M.Eng. admission purposes.
  2. Statement of Purpose: This can be submitted online with the application. Your statement of purpose should be 2-3 paragraphs about why you want to earn your M.Eng. degree.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: If you have a GPA of 3.0 or above, you will need one letter of recommendation from a faculty member; if your GPA is below a 3.0, you will need two letters of recommendation. (It is rare for a student with a GPA below 3.0 to be admitted; it would be considered a provisional admit requiring a 3.0 in the first semester of the M.Eng. program to continue in the program). You can request that letters of recommendation be sent electronically by supplying the e-mail address of the recommender.
  4. Transcripts: Download transcript from Registrar.
  5. Graduate Record Exam: Cornell Undergraduates do not need to submit GRE Scores.

Early Admit Program

(applies only to Cornell applicants)

Cornell applicants may apply for early admission to the M.Eng. program if you have between one and eight credits left to complete your bachelor’s degree.

For early admits, the last semester of your undergraduate program serves as the first semester of your M.Eng. program although you are not officially a graduate student until you complete your B.S. degree.

The steps to apply are the same, except you will also need to complete an Early Admit Petition available for download from the forms page. This petition must be signed by your undergraduate field coordinator and handed into the MEng Mailbox in 322A Upson Hall.

Online application for admission should be submitted for the semester you will be enrolled in the graduate school (Spring Early Admit applies to the Graduate School for Fall admission, Fall Early Admit applies to the Graduate School for Spring Admission).


Tuition and costs for the Master of Engineering program can be found on the Graduate School website under Tuition Rates (M.Eng. is a Tier 1 degree).

The MEng program is a professional degree program and no funding is available for research or teaching assistantships. There are a limited number of opportunities for graduate teaching specialist postions and the College of Engineering has a small number of fellowships. For more information about funding and loans, visit the Cornell Graduate School Loans page.