Computer Science, M.S. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
Students wishing to earn a Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. However, it is possible to apply directly to the M.S. program. This is a very small, highly selective, four-semester program for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of computer science through advanced coursework, research, writing, and teaching. The program is ideal for self-motivated students who have expository skills, enjoy the research environment, and like working with undergraduates in introductory courses. Students in the program serve as teaching assistants and receive full tuition plus a stipend.
Please refer to field of study directly for details.
Concentrations by Subject
- artificial intelligence
- computer science
- programming languages and logics
- scientific computing and applications
- theory of computation
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Spring; Nov. 1
Requirements for Admission
A Bachelors degree in CS is expected but applicants who have majored in another field and minored in CS will be fully considered. Applicants must have a proven record of excellence as an undergraduate grader/TA in a computer science course. Experience as an undergraduate researcher is highly recommended.
Applications are due January 1 for a Fall Semester start. An application consists of (a) transcripts of all college-level work, (b) three letters of recommendation including at least one that addresses expository skills and the ability to work in a classroom setting, and (c) an essay that explains how the degree program and the anticipated thesis area resonates with career plans. All applicants (except current Cornell undergraduates) are required to take the GRE general test. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL. Scores on the Writing, Listening, and Reading components must be 24 or higher and 28 or higher for the Speaking component.
The Research Option
Although MS students are normally supported by teaching assistantships provided by the department, the Research Option makes it possible to admit students with less background or interest in teaching, who are then supported by research assistantships provided by sponsored research projects. The source of funding must be identified in advance, and students who wish to be supported in this fashion must have a recommendation letter from the sponsoring faculty member. TA support is not guaranteed in the event of a research funding shortfall.