Preparation and Fit

The graduation requirements for the Masters program are based on the assumption that entering students have a foundation in technical, social science, and human-centered systems areas. An ideal incoming student will have solid writing skills, computing experience with some proficiency in a high-level programming language and an understanding of web technologies, good analytical skills, an understanding of the human/cognitive facet of information systems, and a mathematical foundation that includes calculus, probability, statistics, and linear algebra.

Exceptional students from related backgrounds who do not meet the basic requirements for the program are encouraged to apply.  The link to the online application can be found here.

Deadlines

The online application for the Information Science MPS is available through the Graduate School starting September 1, 2020. 

  • The Information Science MPS application deadline for Spring 2021 is October 1, 2020. Only Cornell Undergraduates or Cornell Alumni may apply for spring admission.
  • The deadline for Fall 2021 is January 1, 2021 for all applicants.
  • No preadmission application is required.
  • No application materials will be accepted, and no submitted applications will be updated after the deadline. 
  • Please direct all inquiries to: ISINFO@cornell.edu.

Apply

Requirements

To apply to the Information Science MPS program, you must complete the online application through the Graduate School. No preadmission application is required. To complete the online application, you will need the following materials - including letters of recommendation - submitted on or before October 1, 2020 for spring applicants or January 1,  2021 for fall applicants:

Official GRE scores are not required in the department of Information Science.

Optional Materials

The following are optional and are not required for admission into the Information Science MPS program.

REQUIREMENTS OF ALL APPLICANTS

Transcripts

Your application should include complete and scanned transcripts of all previous college and university work, including any work done at Cornell. If you are submitting unofficial transcripts, the Graduate School will require that you submit official transcripts should you be accepted into the program. In this case, please make sure your transcript has your name, birthdate, and the name of the attended university.

Applicants should scan their transcripts and upload the documents into the on-line application themselves as part of the submission process. For students who are subsequently admitted and accept the offer of admission, an official paper transcript will be required prior to matriculation; students will be reminded of this requirement on the “response to offer of admission” form.

International Credentials

All transcripts or academic records must be official documents provided in the original language. If that language is not English, they must be accompanied by certified translations into English. If not issued by the college or university as original documents, they should be notarized, full-sized photocopies. They should include grades received in each subject each year, and the number of weeks and hours per week that each subject was studied. Courses must be described in detail. The general subject name (e.g., “mathematics”) is not sufficient. The particular subject (e.g., “differential equations,” “algebraic topology”) must be identified.

If you are admitted into the program and you accept our offer of admission, the Graduate School will require an official transcript. They will contact you directly about this requirement.

Grade point averages

If your school uses a GPA scale other than 0–4.0, just leave this field blank when submitting your application. If you feel you must, you may enter 0. We will review your transcript and will rate your performance on the grades you received, not the number you enter into this field.

Letters of Recommendation

Your application must include two letters of recommendation. The letters should be from professors or supervisors who are familiar with your academic or professional work and who can testify to your potential in Information Science. Once you have submitted your application, a notification will be sent to your recommenders within 48 hours. These letters are a very important part of your application, and you should ensure that they are submitted into the electronic application system by the appropriate deadline. We discourage mailed letters of recommendation as this delays the processing of your application.

Statement of Purpose is required of all applicants 

A successful statement of purpose will address the following topics:

  • ​Identify areas of Information Science that are of particular interest and explain why.
  • Explain why you are interested in the Information Science MPS Program at Cornell University.
  • Review what makes you qualified for our program.
  • Discuss how the Information Science MPS program will help you meet your future goals.

The Statement of Purpose is limited to no more than 800 words.

For International Students

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

International applicants must demonstrate competency in the English language. You must have your official scores sent by Educational Testing Services to Cornell before our application deadline. Scores should be sent to Institutional Code 2098, the department code is not required.

The Information Science MPS program requires a higher speaking TOEFL score than the Graduate School. In order to be considered for admissions our minimum TOEFL scores are as follows:

  • Speaking: 24
  • Reading: 20
  • Listening: 15
  • Writing: 20

​IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

​The Graduate School and Information Science MPS program requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Please email gradadmissions@cornell.edu for information about how to send your IELTS scores.

Exceptions:

The language requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • is a native citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore, are not exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  • studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.

Video Interview

The video interview is accessed through the online application. You will receive an email containing the link to the interview session after you submit the application.

Before beginning the video interview, be sure you are in a private place where you will be undisturbed for 20-30 minutes. You will be given the oppurtunity to test your video and audio connection prior to starting the video interview. If you experience any difficulty with the interview, please email ISINFO@cornell.edu. The video interview is due on or before the application deadline. Therefore, you must submit your video interview in time to meet the application deadline.

OPTIONAL APPLICATION MATERIALS

Resume and Portfolio 

Additional materials such as resumes and portfilios are not required but may be submitted if you feel this will enhance your application. These must be submitted with your application, we cannot change or upload any material to  your application once the application is submitted.

General Information

Application Decision Notifications

  • Spring applicants - Prior to November 15, 2020.
  • Fall applicants - Prior to March 30, 2021.

Costs

  • Information Science MPS program tuition rate is $58,586 for the academic year 2020-2021. Students are billed per semester at the rate of $29,293 (each semester).
  • All students who are offered admission and accept the offer will be required to pay an $800 non-refundable acceptance deposit. This deposit will be credited towards your first semester tuition bill.
    • Employee Degree Program acceptance deposit is waived.