Research Master’s Program Statistics

Use this page to explore summary statistics for research master’s programs administered by the Graduate School. Definitions are provided at the bottom of the page. Best viewed on desktop. 

For additional statistics, survey results, and career outcomes data, see program metrics.


Admissions Counts

Applied, admitted and matriculated counts are reported for new, external applications only. Current students who transfer into a doctoral program from another graduate program at Cornell without submitting a new application are not counted here.

Some individuals defer enrollment after being admitted and/or matriculate into a program that differs from the one to which they originally applied. This can cause matriculated counts to appear higher than admitted counts in some fields.

Admissions Cycle

Admissions data is reported for the academic year in which the applicant intended to enroll. An academic year encompasses summer through the following spring and is denoted by the year of the spring term. For example, the 2021 admissions year includes those who intended to enroll for the first time in Summer 2020 through Spring 2021. Most new graduate students matriculate in the summer or fall. Because these dashboards are updated annually in the fall, the most recent year will not include data for the spring.

Admit Rate

Admit rate is the percentage of applicants who were admitted. Highly selective programs tend to have low admit rates. The five year average provides a good indicator of typical admit rates.

Enrollment Counts

Enrollment numbers are derived from the student enrollment snapshot that is captured the sixth week of each fall term. Only students who are enrolled on the census date are counted. Students on an approved leave of absence are not included.

Completion Rate

Completion rate is the percentage of entering master’s students who successfully completed the degree.

Entering Cohorts

Completion rates are reported by entering cohort, which is defined by the first term in which a student is enrolled in their master’s program. The cohorts included here entered their programs two to four years ago, and thus have had adequate time to finish a master’s degree. 

Status of Students in Recent Entering Cohorts

This graph shows the current status of students who began the program in each of the last ten academic years. Students listed as completed have received the master’s degree. Students are considered current in their program if they are still actively pursuing the degree or are on an approved temporary leave of absence. Students listed as discontinued have either left the university without a degree or switched to a different type of degree program.