CEMS MIM: Admissions Requirements

CEMS MIM Admissions Deadline

Round Application Deadline
Round 1 January 15

Applicants must submit all application materials by the deadline in order to have their application considered. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit their online application and supporting materials at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. Once you submit your application and pay the application fee, you will receive a confirmation email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be applying to the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) and the application form will reflect that, where the CEMS MIM is an additional option within the MPS in AEM degree program.

*Applications are reviewed after January 15th and up until April 15th. If you are considering applying after the deadline please contact Admissions.


  • Students interested in the program should have at least an undergraduate minor in business, or its equivalent. Satisfactory completion of coursework in all of the following areas is considered a business minor equivalent: Economics, Statistics, Business or Management, Financial Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. If you have not completed all of the business prerequisites, please indicate on the application how you plan to fulfill them before you are to enter the program.
  • Meet the requirements for entry into the MPS in AEM.

If you are unsure whether you meet the CEMS application requirements, simply contact the admissions team before you start your application at mps-dyson-admissions@cornell.edu or set up an ApplyWeb account through the Cornell University Graduate School to start your CEMS MIM application online.

How to Apply for CEMS MIM

Our application website will be available September 1. Interested students should apply online through the Cornell University Graduate School. Select “Applied Economics & Management” as the field. On the Educational History page select “Yes” in the CEMS consideration section and follow the instructions the rest of application instructions:

Cornell CEMS application form screenshot

Application Requirements

In order to get into the CEMS program, applicants must submit all of the following items to be considered for admission and financial support the subsequent fall term.

  • Application Form: Fill out the Cornell University Graduate School application form
  • Statement of purpose explaining your academic interests and professional goals.
  • Video Interview: After you submit your application, you will be sent an email invitation to complete a video interview, where you will be asked to give short verbal responses to pre-recorded questions. Note, an invitation to the video interview will be sent automatically after submitting your application. Please monitor your inbox carefully as your application will not be considered complete until the video interview is submitted. The video interview is designed to assess your fit with the program and your communication skills.
  • BS or BA from an accredited university: Submit all undergraduate transcript(s) along with any graduate school transcripts. Upload all transcripts into the online application form. If your transcript is not in English, please submit an official and certified English translation in addition to an original copy. Students who are subsequently admitted and accept the offer of admission will be required to submit an official transcript prior to matriculation.
  • Requirements for international credentials:
    • For students with non-U.S. credentials, an international equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required. Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for a list of international degree equivalencies. Candidates who have earned or are on track to earn a degree that does not match the information found on the equivalency list in title or duration should strongly consider providing a credential evaluation with their application. World Education Services is an example of a preferred provider.
    • All transcripts, diplomas, or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language.
    • Transcripts should include grades received in each subject each year.
    • Transcripts should be scanned and uploaded at the time of application. Admitted applicants will be required to send an official paper transcript prior to registration.
    • “Unofficial” transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, should you be admitted into the program, we will request an official copy for verification, prior to approving your enrollment.
  • Two letters of recommendation: We require two letters of recommendation. One recommendation should be from a former or current instructor able to speak to your academic promise, while the other should be from an advisor, mentor, coach or supervisor able to speak to your professional promise. Official recommendations are a vital part of the final evaluation process.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $105. The application fee will be waived for all current or former United States military members and for all Cornell students and recent alumni (graduates within two years of application date). In either of these cases, please contact Admissions for a fee waiver code prior to submitting your application. Please indicate in your message if you are a current or former United States military member or a current or former Cornell student. Further information on Application Fees can be found on the Cornell University Graduate School website.
  • Results of the GRE/GMAT examination* (GRE Institution code = 2098). There are no minimum GRE score requirements; applicants you will be competing with for admission typically have 85 percent and above in each category.
    • All official test scores should be reported directly to your field of study. Search by Cornell University and find the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management-MPS in Applied Economics Management.
    • *The MPS in Applied Economics and Management program has made submitting the GMAT/GRE optional for the fall 2023 admission cycle. Your application will be complete without a score and it will not be disadvantaged in the review process without a score. Students will not be asked to justify their reasons for not submitting GMAT/GRE test results. For those who do opt to submit the non-required GMAT score, the minimum requirement score is 600.
    • Note: The GMAT or GRE can help show your ability to flourish in our rigorous academic environment. In the absence of test scores, the admissions committee will look for different evidence of your quantitative, verbal, and written communication preparation with increased scrutiny.
    • The MPS program will accept the GRE General Test at Home and GMAT Online Exam for the fall 2023 admission cycle.
    • This GMAT/GRE test-optional policy is in place for the fall 2023 admissions cycle only. 

Semester Abroad Selection Process

All CEMS students spend a semester abroad at one of the top-tier business schools in the CEMS network. We ask applicants to provide a thoughtful ranking of all the CEMS schools to help us in determining their placement during their term abroad, if the application is successful. Cornell is limited in the number of students sent to each school and we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to one of your top ranked schools. You can find information about the CEMS program at each school at the CEMS list of academic member schools. You will be surrounded at your host school by CEMS students from all over the world. All CEMS schools teach in English, making it unnecessary to know the local language of the country where your exchange takes place.

International MPS Applicants

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The MPS in Applied Economics and Management program does not accept My Best Score reports for the TOEFL examination and requires a minimum cumulative TOEFL score of 100 in addition to the minimum sub-scores that can be found on the Graduate School’s website. An IELTS score of 7.0 is required by both Cornell and CEMS.

In some cases, these MPS testing requirements can be waived. For more information on score minimums, how to submit test scores, and the criteria for waiving the requirement, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

IELTS and TOEFL Arrangements for COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted the ability of applicants in countries worldwide to take in-person English language proficiency exams.

We will temporarily accept at home test results for 2023 admission. Here are some additional options:

  • IELTS Indicator allows test takers to take the IELTS Academic exam online from the comfort and safety of their home. The test is available for a limited time in countries where IELTS testing has been suspended due to COVID-19.
  • TOEFL iBT®  Special Home Edition is being offered temporarily to meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® at a test center due to public health concerns. The test is identical in content and format to the regular exam and is available everywhere that the TOEFL iBT test is normally available, with the exception of China and Iran.
  • TOEFL ITP® Plus for China is no longer available, but will be accepted if scores are valid. All scores are valid for 2 years after the test date. 

Tuition, Program Costs, and Housing

Tuition for the MPS in Applied Economics and Management with the CEMS MIM is posted on the Cornell Graduate School website as a Tier 1 professional degree. The MPS AEM with the CEMS MIM is a three-semester program. Students pay Cornell tuition for all semesters in the program, including the term abroad. Note that tuition fees will be assessed based on the academic year in which courses are taken. As a general guideline, Cornell has experienced a 3-5% average annual tuition increase in recent years.

For other estimated program costs including fees, health insurance, living expenses, and supplies, please see the Cornell Graduate School’s Cost of Attendance page. Please note that your three-semester program includes one mandatory semester abroad during which you will continue to be registered at Cornell.

Private, off-campus housing in Ithaca and the surrounding area is available for students in the CEMS program. Information on university and non-university housing is automatically mailed to all applicants when they are accepted for admission to the Graduate School. CEMS students are encouraged to connect with other students in the program when making housing arrangements to share leases or sublet apartments during their term away from campus.

Most students rely on a combination of federal and private loans to finance their educational and living expenses. For more information on these options, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

CEMS Scholarship for Global Citizenship

CEMS Scholarships for Global Citizenship are granted each year to support students in the Dyson School’s Applied Economics and Management with CEMS Master in International Management program. These $33,000 awards are designated for U.S. Citizens who have an interest in international business. No additional application is required for consideration.

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