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Degrees & Fields

The Cornell system of graduate education is built on a belief and tradition grounded in academic freedom that encourages students to work across departments, disciplines, and colleges.

As embodied in the graduate field structure, academic freedom is a foundational value for the Graduate School, which is a centralized unit, formally independent of the various colleges of the university.

Fields of Study

At Cornell, graduate study is organized using a field structure. Fields are composed of faculty members from a number of departments who come together around a shared intellectual interest, and may draw from different campuses or colleges

Graduate Degrees

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 and Scholarship

With nearly $700 million in research expenditures, one of the ten largest academic research libraries, top ranked graduate fields, and some of the best facilities in academia, Cornell University is consistently ranked as one of the most comprehensive universities in the world.