Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jan 24, 2021  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

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.

Research Degrees

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
    • Art
    • Creative Writing
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

See our fields of study website or download a PDF of our Catalog  for more information on the degree programs we offer.

Professional Degrees

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