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Graduate Admissions

Application Requirements

To apply to the Graduate School at Cornell University, students must submit all of the following items by December 15 to be considered for admission and financial support:


The Cornell University Graduate School application form

Undergraduate transcript(s); students who have already earned an M.S. degree should also submit a graduate school transcript. All transcripts should be uploaded into the on-line application form. Students who are subsequently admitted and accept the offer of admission will be required to submit an official paper transcript prior to matriculation.

Two letters of recommendation from persons who can appraise the academic potential of the applicant

Results of the GRE examination (Institution code = 2098; Department code = 0101); for the M.P.S. in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice (ABEIC), the GMAT can replace the GRE

Results of the TOEFL, if required (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (Institution code = 2098; Department code = 84)


Applicants may obtain the application form electronically through the Graduate School web site, which provides detailed information on application requirements and procedures. Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

Applicants to the field of Applied Economics and Management need not have majored in agricultural economics or economics as undergraduates to be considered for admission to the M.S.and M.P.S. programs. Any deficiencies in preparation will lengthen the graduate program.

Incoming Ph.D. students are required to have good preparation in micro- and macroeconomic theory, and quantitative methods at the M.S. level. Mathematical proficiency in calculus is also required. Proficiency in statistics and econometrics at the M.S. level is highly recommended. Applicants should have an introductory course with a grade of B or better in real analysis at the time of matriculation. If admitted, any Ph.D. student lacking a course in real analysis will be required to complete appropriate courses in mathematics before taking the required microeconomic theory courses, which will likely extend the length of study.

Application Deadlines top

To receive full consideration for graduate assistantships or fellowships, complete applications must be submitted by December 15 for the subsequent Fall term.

Please note: To ensure your application is complete by December 15, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit their online application and supporting materials at least two weeks in advance of our deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you are applying for the M.P.S. in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice (ABEIC), your application will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with decisions made by February 15 for any application received before December 15, and within 8 weeks of submission for any application received after December 15. The final application deadline for the M.P.S. in ABEIC for the subsequent Fall term is June 30, 2014.

English Proficiency top

Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test. Only students who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language are exempt from the TOEFL. If the TOEFL must be taken, the following minimum TOEFL scores are required to be considered for admission: Writing = 20; Listening = 15; Reading = 20; Speaking = 22. Please note: These are the minimum scores for admission. Applicants considered for assistantship support in AEM have a speaking score of 27 or higher.

Please note: We do not accept IELTS scores.

Accepted applicants who meet the English proficiency requirement with the minimum TOEFL scores above and who have a total score below 105 must take the English placement test given at Cornell during registration week. If the placement score indicates that the student needs additional formal training in English, such a course will be required during the first semester.