We offer qualified Cornell undergraduates the opportunity to begin work toward the MPS degree in their final semester of undergraduate study. This Early Admission Option is available for Cornell undergraduate students who have 8 credits or fewer left to complete their undergraduate degree. These students may take 4000-level courses during their Senior year that may count toward the MPS degree (as long as those courses don't also fulfill a requirement for the undergraduate degree). Students accepted into the Early Admit program should plan to complete the MPS program within one semester. Students should keep this in mind when selecting their courses during their final semester as an undergrad and also when they are enrolling as a graduate student.  

We will be looking for students who will have a bachelor’s degree in Information Science (B.A.) or Information Science, Systems and Technology (B.S.); or a bachelor’s degree with a minor in Information Science and a major in Computer Science (B.A.or B.S.), Operations Research and Information Engineering (B.S.), or Communications (B.S.).  Students who meet our written standards or have similar preparation and have demonstrated the skills needed to be successful in the program may also be considered. Students cannot count courses applied to the MPS in Information Science toward their undergraduate degree, or any other degree program, or vice versa. No courses taken prior to being admitted to the MPS program will count toward the MPS degree.

Acceptance to the Early Admit Program does not guarantee acceptance to the MPS program. Students must apply officially by completing the Cornell Graduate School Online Application.


You're eligible for the Early Admit option if you:

  • are enrolled in your last semester as a Cornell undergraduate
  • have 1–8 credits left to complete your undergraduate degree
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2

Application process

  1. Fill out the IS MPS Early Admit Application and submit it to the Info Sci Graduate Program Coordinator Barbara Woske.
  2. If the petition is approved by the MPS director, you will receive a letter from the graduate program coordinator. At that time, you will need to complete the Cornell Graduate School Online Application for admission to the MPS program and upload the completed and approved IS MPS Early Admit Petition as an attachment to your application.

If you are offered admission, it will be contingent upon successful completion of your undergraduate degree.


Cornell Undergraduates wishing to apply to the MPS program as an Early Admit candidate should follow the timeline outlined below in order to become eligible to apply for the program:

Graduating in December with your undergraduate degree?

  • After you have pre-enrolled for the last fall term of your senior year. Submit the Early Admission Petition by May 1. This also applies to juniors who intend to complete their undergraduate studies early. 
  • If the petition is approved, you will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses for the Fall term that will count toward your MPS degree. During the Fall term, you will be required to submit a Graduate Admissions application by October 1 for the upcoming Spring term. 

Graduating in May or August with your undergraduate degree?

  • Due to the exceptional circumstances of the fall 2020 semester we have a temporary change of process for the Early Admission Petition. We have put together a tentative listing of approved Information Science and Computer Science classes that are scheduled to be offered for the spring term. This listing can be found here. This listing along with the spring 2020 course roster should be used to identify which courses you may enroll in for the spring term. If you’re interested, input on this Early Admit Petition what courses you intend to enroll in for the spring 2021 and fall 2021 term (use the current fall roster for fall course guidance), have your undergraduate coordinator sign it electronically, and then return it to Barbara Woske, by November 9, via email at bae2@cornell.edu. After you are able to enroll for your spring courses Barbara will touch base with you to confirm which courses you actually enrolled in to count towards the MPS degree. This also applies to juniors who intend to complete their undergraduate studies early.
  • If the petition is approved you will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses for the Spring term that will count toward your MPS degree. During the Spring term, you will be required to submit a Graduate Admissions application by January 1 for the upcoming Fall term.

Planning for Early Admit

Early admit students will typically complete the MPS degree with one semester of additional study after their final undergraduate semester. Because most of the required courses for the MPS degree are taught only once per year, students planning on participating in the Early Admit program must plan carefully. Early Admit students will indicate which courses will meet requirements for their undergraduate degree and which will count toward the MPS. Each student's plan is confirmed by the undergraduate and graduate coordinators, in order to be sure the requirements for each program are being met.


In addition, the MPS program includes this note on the students' transcripts: "Student completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree with no credit hours counting toward both degrees.  Selected credits taken, in excess of B.S./B.A. requirements, during the last semester of the student's undergraduate degree program, were counted toward the Master of Professional Studies degree." In this way, when transcripts are requested, the requester receives the full transcript, not just the undergraduate or the graduate one.

This is not a dual degree program.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Barbara Woske, by email – bae2@cornell.edu – or phone, 607-254-5347.