Master of Engineering Admissions in ORIE


PLEASE NOTE:  Admission decisions for the fall semester are processed from December through April, and will be sent via electronic mail as the decisions are made.  Decisions are not processed all at one time.

The deadline for fall admission to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program is December 1 of the previous year. The deadline for spring admission to the M.Eng. program is September 15 of the previous year. Please consult the School before applying for spring admission to the M.Eng. program, as admission restrictions apply.

Students interested in pursuing the Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Information Engineering apply through the Cornell University Graduate School. Admission is then determined by faculty members in the applicant’s chosen field. A completed online application includes a statement of purpose, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, official TOEFL scores (if applicable), résumé, and the prerequisites. Additional information may be submitted within the supplementary information section of the application.  We do not require a writing sample for the M.Eng. application and prefer not to have research papers submitted.  This is not a research program.  

For the Fall 2022 admissions cycle, we do not require (nor will we accept) GRE scores.


Follow the link to Cornell's online Graduate School Application.

The Cornell University Graduate School application must be submitted online. Information regarding current application fees, payment options, and need-based fee waivers can be found on the Graduate School's Application Fees page. A letter of request for a waiver and documentation of need must be requested through the Cornell Graduate School.

Please note that when you are filling out the application, the Proposed Field of Study and Program Name is Operations Research and Information Engineering, M.Eng., and the Concentration and Specialty should match. The choices are: Applied OR, Information Technology, Financial Engineering, Data Analytics, Manufacturing, Semester in Strategic Operations, and the Systems Engineering minor.

Statement of Purpose

This should describe your objectives in pursuing the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree program in ORIE. If you are interested in pursuing a specific concentration within the M.Eng. program, i.e., financial engineering, manufacturing, etc., please state specific reasons why you wish to be considered for that concentration.


Please include an up-to-date résumé where requested in the on-line application.


Please upload within the on-line application a copy of a transcript from each college or university you have attended. Please do not send transcripts through the postal mail. Hard copies of official transcripts will be requested for admitted students only.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for application to the ORIE M.Eng. program, but three are preferred. At least two letters from academic contacts are preferred. Any letters from professional references should specifically describe your accomplishments. Electronic recommendation requests are generated in the process of submitting the online application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GREs are NOT required for the Fall 2022 admission cycle. If scores are sent to Cornell, they will not appear as part of your application. Please refrain from listing your GRE scores on your resume or other items submitted for consideration.


Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or the IELTS and (for the TOEFL) have the official score reported to Cornell from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:  1) is a native citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (except Quebec).  (NOTE:  Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore are NOT exempt from the TOEFL requirement).  2) studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa.  You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.

TOEFL NOTE:  Admission to Cornell is not possible without having at least the minimum score in each category as set by the Cornell University Graduate School, and there are no exceptions to this rule.  Minimum scores allowable for admission:  Writing 20, Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 22.  In addition, the School of OR&IE requires a minimum total TOEFL score of 100.  TOEFL University code is 2098; department/school code is 67 or 69, but is not needed.

IELTS NOTE:  The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Please e mail for information about how to send your scores. At this time, ORIE does not have a department specific minimum requirement different from the one set by the Graduate School. 


Prerequisites Page

In order to confirm that an applicant has fulfilled the necessary prerequisites for the program, as listed below, specific information is requested within the application.

M.Eng. Program Prerequisites (must be satisfied prior to matriculation):

  • A standard engineering calculus sequence, including linear algebra (with eigenvalues and eigenvectors), and vector calculus, similar in content and rigor to Cornell courses MATH 1910, MATH 1920, and MATH 2940.
  • An introductory engineering probability and statistics course similar in content and rigor to Cornell course ENGRD 2700.
  • An intermediate-level computer programming course in a general programming language such as C, C++, Java, or Python, similar in content and rigor to Cornell course ENGRD 2110. Courses that entail programming applications, but where programming is not the primary focus are not acceptable substitutes. Courses in statistical modeling languages, such as R and SAS, are not acceptable substitutes.

Additional prerequisites for the Financial Engineering concentration  (must be satisfied prior to matriculation):

  • Two semesters of calculus-based probability, statistics, and/or stochastic processes, similar in content and rigor to Cornell courses ENGRD 2700, ORIE 3500 and/or ORIE 3510. Courses in which probability and statistical methods are used, but where theory is not the primary focus are not acceptable substitutes, nor are professional exam credentials (e.g., CFA, FRM).
  • An introductory finance course. Courses in economics and accounting are not acceptable substitutes.
  • Strongly recommended: A course in differential equations, similar in content and rigor to Cornell course MATH 2930.
  • Strongly recommended: Proficiency with R and/or Python.

Note: Courses completed to satisfy the prerequisites for the Financial Engineering concentration (at Cornell or elsewhere) do not count towards fulfilling any of the general requirements for the MEng degree.

Additional prerequisites for the Data Analytics concentration  (must be satisfied prior to matriculation):

  • A two-semester sequence of calculus-based probability and statistics theory, similar in content and rigor to Cornell courses ENGRD 2700 and ORIE 3500. Courses in which probability and statistical methods are used, but where theory is not the primary focus are not acceptable substitutes, nor are professional exam credentials (e.g., CFA, FRM).

Financial Aid and Tuition

Generally, two forms of financial assistance are available to Master of Engineering students: merit-based aid and need-based aid.

Merit-based financial aid for this program comes primarily from donors. The amount available is limited and the competition is intense, and consists of both fellowships and half-time teaching assistantships. There are no research assistantships open to M.Eng. students, since this is a professional program, not a research degree. The College of Engineering also awards a small number of full-tuition fellowships each academic year.

Cornell Engineering undergraduates and alumni are eligible to apply for the Lester Knight Scholarship Program which, along with the knowledge of an engineer and exposure to the cutting-edge techniques of an MBA, enables employers to hire applicants with the training and experience.

Except for the Knight Scholarship, submitting your completed Graduate School application and all accompanying materials for the Master of Engineering degree program by the application deadline (and answering “Yes” to the fellowships or assistantships question) automatically serves as your application for merit-based financial aid.

Information on need-based financial aid and loan information is offered through the Cornell University Graduate School. They also maintain a Fellowship Database, which lists grants and fellowships awarded by various government agencies, foundations, corporations, and private sponsors.

Tuition and fees for the M.Eng. program are those of the Graduate School endowed division for a professional program. Current tuition rates and fees can be found Office of the Bursar's Tuition Rates and Fees page, in the row for "Professional Degree Tier 1" programs.