Graduate Programs

Applications for our 2022 graduate programs are OPEN. See below for our next admissions cycle deadlines.

  • MEng application deadlines: Spring 2022: October 15, 2021; Fall 2022: January 15, 2022
  • PhD application deadlines: Fall 2022: January 2, 2022. No Spring admission.
  • MS application deadlines: Fall 2022: February 1, 2022. No Spring admission.

Graduate admissions questions:

Consistently ranked among the top 10 materials science and engineering graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (currently #8), the Cornell Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate field offers students a world-class education in a world-class research environment. We offer three graduate degrees: M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D.

Our MSE graduate field includes more than 40 faculty members across three colleges and 10 departments, and our faculty routinely conduct interdisciplinary research with members of other departments. For our graduate students, this provides exposure to a broad spectrum of concepts and the experience of an unusually collaborative culture.

MSE graduate students master a set of core concepts and principles critical to a fundamental understanding of materials science and engineering, but also have tremendous flexibility in designing a sequence of coursework and research. With guidance and approval, programs are tailored to meet particular needs and interests across four strategic research areas: Energy Production and Storage, Electronics and Photonics, Bio-inspired Materials and Systems, and Green Technologies.

Admissions Questions? Email: or schedule a virtual meeting with the Graduate Field Representative.

General Questions? Contact the graduate field representative below or schedule a virtual meeting.

Contacts for the Graduate Programs: 

Cornell University
Materials Science & Engineering
210 Bard Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-1501

Marissa Porter
Graduate Field Representative

Eve Donnelly
Director of Graduate Studies (MS, PhD)

Shefford Baker
Director of MSE MEng Program