Application Requirements

The deadline for fall admission is December 1; there is no spring admission. We encourage applicants who are interested in the program to complete their application and have all credentials, including letters of recommendation uploaded before this deadline if possible. The application is available online.

Applicants will be required to supply the following items:

  • Current transcripts for all colleges attended should be uploaded into the application (Note: Official transcripts are not required at time of application).
  • Official GRE scores: Scores should be sent from ETS to Cornell University, university code #2098 (department code is not required). We highly encourage applicants to self-report scores if they are known; the admissions committee can use these scores for evaluation prior to receipt of official scores.  We use a holistic admissions process and do not have a minimum GRE score requirement.  Please note that the Field of BMCB, in recognition of the current difficulties faced in taking the GRE test in Puerto Rico, is waiving the GRE requirement for Fall 2018 applicants from Puerto Rico.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language competency:  Applicants should self-report their scores in the application if possible; these scores can be used for evaluation prior to the official scores being received.
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS test are required for applicants whose native language is not English. This is a university requirement and the Graduate School has set minimum scores for each section of the test: Reading – 20; Writing – 20; Listening – 15; Speaking – 22. To be considered for admission, an applicant must receive at least the minimum score on each individual section of the test. Official scores should be sent from ETS to Cornell University, university code #2098 (department code is not required).
    • Those taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test must score 7.0 or higher. Direct the IELTS test center to send electronic scores to Cornell University Graduate Admission at 143 Caldwell Hall; paper score sheets cannot be accepted.

Application Fee Waivers:  The Cornell Graduate School will consider requests for fee-waivers for applicants who are experiencing financial hardship and also applicants who have participated in specific pipeline programs.  For the 2018 cycle, the Graduate School is offering fee waivers for applicants from Puerto Rico.  More information on application fee waivers can be found on the application fee portion of the Graduate School web site.  Please note:  the Field of BMCB cannot issue fee waivers.

Recruitment Events:  Top-ranked applicants being considered for an admissions offer are typically invited to campus to interview. Recruitment interviews and interactions are an important part of our admissions process.  Should an invited applicant be unable to attend one of our Recruitment Weekends, they will be invited to interview with faculty via Skype.

Diversity and Inclusion

Cornell University and the Graduate School are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all Cornell students.  The Field of BMCB strongly supports this mission and, as a result, our graduate student community is a vibrant and diverse one. BMCB students come from all areas of the globe and all walks of life. We are committed to the equality of educational opportunity and success for all students. The Field actively seeks individuals from underrepresented ethnic groups and participate in many programs on campus to recruit and retain under-represented minorities and diversity students (including first-generation college students).

Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Field of BMCB has established a partnership with the Cornell University Student Disability Services Office. Any student who is invited to our recruitment events and requires special accommodations to participate should contact the GFAs to request necessary arrangements.

Admission Decision Timeline

The BMCB Admissions Committee will meet weekly starting in late November to evaluate completed applications. A select number of applicants will be invited to interview at our on-campus Recruitment events in February. Invitations are extended in December. Those who are unable to attend our Recruitment events (i.e. some international applicants residing outside the U.S.) are offered Skype interviews.  Admissions decisions are made by mid-to-late March, once all interviews have taken place.