In the Graduate School .
Students interested in professional and research master’s and doctoral degrees at Cornell pursue their graduate studies through the Graduate School, which administers nearly 100 graduate fields, ranging from aerospace engineering to zoology.
Master’s degree programs are designed for those who wish to obtain further education in a selected field and to develop their ability for critical inquiry, independent scholarship, and teaching.
Doctoral programs are designed for individuals who demonstrate the potential to perform original research under guidance, with a view to various careers, including those in research and teaching.
- M.S. (Master of Science)
- M.A. (Master of Arts)
- M.A./Ph.D. or M.S./Ph.D. (joint Master’s/Doctor of Philosophy)
- M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts), typically 2 years
- Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
See our fields of study page for more information on the degree programs we offer.
Professional degrees prepare students to practice their profession at an advanced level, to teach the subject matter of their profession, or to pursue original investigations into its functions, administration, history, and progress.
Advanced degrees offered outside the Graduate School include:
Barbara A. Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
Jan Allen, associate dean for academic and student affairs
Sara Xayarath Hernandez, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement
Jason Kahabka, associate dean for administration
Janna Lamey, assistant dean for graduate student life