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M.Eng. Degree in Ithaca

Our Master of Engineering program is a full-time, professionally-oriented program that builds on traditional math, scientific, and engineering skills and concentrates on the application of these skills to practical problems. The M.Eng. degree requires the completion of an engineering design project in lieu of a research thesis.

The ORIE Master of Engineering degree offers specializations that are in demand in today's data-focused job market.

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For many students, the M.Eng. program can be completed in two semesters. Depending on the student’s undergraduate degree and intended M.Eng. concentration, a third semester may be required. (Notably, the Financial Engineering concentration is designed as a three-semester program.) Most program concentrations require participation in activities that take place during the winter intersession.

Most students begin the M.Eng. program in the fall semester. For a variety of reasons, including the sequencing of offered courses and the timeline for project activities, completing the M.Eng. program in the traditional fall-spring or fall-spring-fall semester sequence is strongly encouraged. Although students are occasionally admitted to the M.Eng. program in the spring semester, spring admission is typically limited to applicants who are already at Cornell and have been able to participate in project start-up activities that take place in the fall semester. Individuals not meeting these criteria are strongly advised to apply for fall admission.

ORIE M.Eng. in Ithaca offers a Financial Engineering concentration that includes a semester in New York City. Go here to read more about our Financial Engineering program.

Deadline for applying to the Master of Engineering degree program (M.Eng.) for fall admission is December 1 of the previous year.

M.Eng. students in ORIE concentrate in one of the following seven areas:

  • Applied Operations Research (AOR)
  • Data Analytics (DA)
  • Financial Engineering (FE)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering (MIE)
  • Strategic Operations (SO)
  • Systems Engineering Minor

For a copy of the current Handbook, please see M.Eng Resources. If you need assistance accessing this information, please contact Onnolee Wierson at or (607) 255-9128. If you would like a copy of prior handbooks, please email us at

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Information on the ORIE M.Eng. program at Cornell Tech can be found at Cornell Tech's ORIE M.Eng. website.