Graduate Programs

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: a master of engineering (M.Eng.), a master of science (M.S.), and a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.).

Admissions Review Considering COVID-19 Disruptions

GRE scores are preferred but not required this year.

Recognizing the serious challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for student learning, faculty teaching, and academic performance assessment, the Cornell University Graduate School asserts the following principles:

Admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional programs in the Graduate School will take into account the significant disruptions and challenges associated with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when reviewing applicants’ academic transcripts and other application materials as part of these programs’ ongoing practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. 

As admissions bodies review applications in future admissions cycles, we will respect decisions made by individual students and/or by their academic institutions with regard to the enrollment in or adoption of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail and other similar grading options during the pandemic disruptions.  Applicants are invited to describe their individual experiences during the pandemic to provide context to inform the application review process.  We strive to form future graduate student cohorts composed of intellectually strong, diverse, and resilient individuals who will make the most of their graduate education opportunities at Cornell University.

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Connect With Us

Graduate Program Contacts: 

Professor Mircea D. Grigoriu
Director of Graduate Studies

Melissa L. Totman
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
Cornell University
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
219 Hollister Hall


Choose your direction

Are you interested in a specialized program to enhance your professional goals? Or do you want an an opportunity to develop your research skills in close collaboration with world-renowned experts? Explore our options to find the best fit for you. 

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M.Eng. in Engineering Management

The Cornell Master in Engineering Management (MEM) program is focused on preparing the next generation of engineering leaders. In particular, the program is aimed at engineers who want to be leaders in a technical environment and who want to advance into managerial roles. The Cornell Engineering Management Program offers two exciting opportunities to earn your M.Eng. degree: On Campus and Distance Learning.

The master of engineering degree is normally completed in two or three semesters of intensive study. Thirty credit hours that include coursework in major and supporting areas and a project are required. We offer 2 programs, M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and M.Eng. in Engineering Management. 

In the master of science program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members who represent major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires a thesis and a final oral examination. A minimum of two registration units from Cornell is required for the M.S. M.S. degree students can not receive registration credits for previous study at other graduate schools.

In the Ph.D. program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members representing major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires qualifying and comprehensive examinations, as well as a thesis and final oral examination. A minimum of six registration units is required for the Ph.D. Generally one registration unit is awarded for each semester of satisfactory full-time study at Cornell. By petition, up to two registration units for M.S. work completed in a relevant program outside of Cornell may be transferred to the Ph.D. program.

Justyna Kosianka

My field of research deviates quite a bit from from traditional structural engineering, and it's comforting to be in a program that fosters innovation.

— Justyna Kosianka, Structural Engineering