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.
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.
- 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)
- M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts), typically 2 years
See our fields of study search for more information on the degree programs we offer.
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.
- D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts), typically 3 or more years
- J.S.D. (Doctor of Science of Law)
- M.Arch. (Master of Architecture), 3 ½ years ¹
- M.Eng. (Master of Engineering), typically 1 year ²
- M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration), 2 years
- M.M.H. (Master of Management in Hospitality) 3 semesters ³
- M.I.L.R. (Master of Industrial and Labor Relations), 2 years
- M.L.A. (Master of Landscape Architecture), 3 years
- M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), 2 years
- M.P.H (Master of Public Health), 1-2 years; part-time option
- M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies), typically 1 year
- M.R.P. (Master of Regional Planning), 2 years
¹ M.Arch degree administered by the College of Architecture, Art and Planning
² M.Eng degree administered by the College of Engineering
³ M.M.H. degree administered by the College of Business
⁴ M.P.S. degree administered by the College of Business
Graduate research at Cornell, regardless of field, is bound by a common philosophy of academic freedom and flexibility. Therefore, (with the exception of some professional master’s degree programs) the Graduate School imposes no requirements for credits or courses, requiring “registration units”. Instead, students have the freedom to shape a course of study that cuts across interrelated field offerings, while working within an academic framework developed with a Special Committee of faculty advisors chosen by the student. For this reason, Cornell is especially well suited to those with cross-disciplinary interests.
The following degrees are offered by Cornell University, but not administered by the Graduate School:
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell Law School
- J.D. degree program
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) program
- Master of Science in Legal Studies (M.S.L.S.) program
SC Johnson College of Business
Weill Cornell Medicine
- Biochemistry & Structural Biology
- Cellular & Developmental Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
- Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology
- Health Sciences for the Physicians Assistants
- Clinical & Translational Investigations
- Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research
- Biostatistics and Data Science
- Health Informatics
- Health Policy and Economics
- Computational Biology & Medicine