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M.S. and Ph.D. Requirements

Students can be admitted either into the M.S. program or into the Ph.D. program. The focus of these programs is on scholarly research. With top-ranked and diverse faculty, in one of the highest-ranked Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) departments in the country, we use basic biological and environmental science to generate solutions to societal problems involving air, water, food, energy and public health. Our goal is to enable our students to drive innovation as our discipline continues to be transformed by our changing world.

To give students the flexibility they need to participate in problem solving across traditional boundaries the fixed degree requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in BEE are minimal. There is no fixed curriculum. The student and the members of their Special Committee design a program of study that best suits their background, needs and interests. Cornell is unique in the structure of its graduate fields so as to enable students to participate in and contribute to interdisciplinary research across the university.

BEE offers full financial support for their M.S. and PhD students, including tuition, stipend, and health insurance to all students accepted into the program. Support may be through Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships. Applications are sometimes declined from otherwise very qualified students because the student’s interests are not a good match for our research programs. We encourage perspective students to visit our faculty websites and to contact perspective faculty members for more information. Contact the director of graduate studies, Peter Hess  for general information. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for full or partial funding from appropriate funding agencies (NSF GRFP, DoD NDSEG, DOE SCGF and others).