M.Eng. Admissions

Master of Engineering Admissions in CBE:


Please note: Admission decisions for the fall semester will be sent via electronic mail as the decisions are made.  Decisions are not processed all at one time.

Admissions Deadlines: 
Fall 2023 deadline: May 26th, 2023
We do not offer admission any other time other than the fall.

Students interested in pursuing the Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular 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: 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Résumé

No GRE scores will be required

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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.  

Graduate School Admissions and Admitted Student FAQ


Please note: When filling out the application, the Proposed Field of Study and Program Name is Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, M.Eng.

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 and payment options can be found at the Graduate School's website: https://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/apply/application-fees/

Statement of Purpose

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


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

Three letters of recommendation are required for application to the CBE M.Eng. program. At least two of the three letters should preferably be from academic contacts. 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 admissions cycle.


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.


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. TOEFL University code is 2098. Minimum scores allowable for admission: 

  • Writing 20
  • Listening 15
  • Reading 20
  • Speaking 22


The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Instructions for delivering electronic IELTS or TOEFL scores are on our Required Test web page.

GRE/ GPA Minimum Requirements

The College of Engineering, of which we are a part, sets a minimum grade point average of 2.7 for admission. Our admissions committee takes a holistic view of applications therefore there is no minimum GPA or GRE.

Financial Aid and Tuition

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 at the Bursar's Office website: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/bursar/students-parents/tuition-rates-fees#professional, in the row for "Professional Degree Tier 1" programs.

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.

Loan Information:
http://www.globalslc.com/ (Information only - this is not an endorsement).