Graduate Degrees

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The Graduate School offers research and professional degrees in nearly 100 fields of study, with opportunities for further exploration in 18 minor (non-degree granting) fields.

Research Degrees

The M.A. and M.S. degree programs are designed for those who wish to obtain further education in a selected field and to develop their ability for critical inquiry, independent research, and teaching.

Ph.D. programs are designed for individuals who demonstrate the potential to perform original research under guidance, with a view to various careers, including those in research and teaching. 

See our fields of study search for more information on the degree programs we offer.

  • M.S. (Master of Science)
  • M.A. (Master of Arts)
  • M.A./Ph.D. or M.S./Ph.D. (joint Master’s/Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Research degrees with an original thesis or dissertation as part of the degree requirements.

Professional Degrees

Professional degrees prepare students to practice their profession at an advanced level, to teach the subject matter of their profession, or to pursue original investigations into its functions, administration, history, and progress.

Professional Degrees Administered Outside the Graduate School

The following degrees are administered outside the Graduate School, but prospective students will use the Graduate School application.

Additional Professional Degrees

The following degrees are offered by Cornell University, but not administered by the Graduate School. Students interested in these degrees should visit the following websites.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Cornell Law School

Cornell Tech

SC Johnson College of Business


Weill Cornell Medicine

Ph.D. Degrees
Master’s Degrees
EMBA/Master’s Degrees