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Biological and Environmental Engineering M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Biological and Environmental Engineering

Program Description

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Biological and Environmental) is intended primarily for students who plan to enter engineering practice. This program is intended to develop students' backgrounds in engineering design as well as to improve their fundamental engineering knowledge. Cornell's catalog has additional information. Graduate Study in Engineering and Applied Science has additional information.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2173

207B Riley-Robb Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • bioenergy and integrated energy systems
  • bioenvironmental engineering
  • biological engineering
  • bioprocess engineering
  • ecohydrology
  • environmental engineering
  • food engineering
  • industrial biotechnology
  • nanobiotechnology
  • sustainable systems
  • synthetic biology


2018-2019: $54,584

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, March 1; Spring, Oct. 1

Early Admit MEng Program (for Cornell Students only); Fall, April 8; Spring, November 8

Requirements Summary:

Applicants to the Master of Engineering program must have a baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree) in engineering or its equivalent. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores (not required for Cornell students). Cornell students who are within one to eight credits of completing their engineering baccalaureate degree may apply to the MEng program as early admit students. The early admit application must be made in the semester prior to the last undergraduate term.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • M.Eng. -- two recommendations; resume; GRE general test (GREs not required for Cornell students)


Learning Goals

As a graduate student in the field of Biological and Environmental Engineering we will help you to develop into an outstanding engineering researcher and ethical scholar in our field. We will work together so that you can further your strengths that brought you here and expand your abilities beyond. This means that you will be able to make original and substantial contributions to our discipline. It also means that you will seek opportunities to reach out to the community at large and engage in activities increasing the impact of your research to our society.

Your time as graduate student will be spent in part with classes and in large part with your research project. The knowledge you obtain from your classes will form a strong basis onto which you can build your research. You will become skilled in the techniques important to your research. In addition, you will have many opportunities to also develop your communication skills for oral and written presentations at formal and informal events. Thus, as a successful graduate student you will synthesize and create new knowledge in biological or environmental engineering.

You will be working independently on your research project and will be embedded in a team of researchers with similar aspirational goals. You will be supported by a committee of engaged faculty members and will have the opportunity to form a strong bond with your graduate advisor throughout the time in our program. Your graduate time in BEE will be your starting point of forming your professional network that can supportively accompany you for your future career and professional life.

Your progress in our graduate program will be assessed throughout your time in BEE by your faculty committee each semester. During the M.S., A and B exam formal assessment will provide you with written feedback at critical points in your graduate education with us and assist you in the continuing improvement of your proficiencies as a biological or environmental research engineer.

Learn more about learning outcomes for the M.Eng. degree.

Learning Outcomes and Associated Assessments.