Admission Requirements

Each application is considered in its entirety and in comparison with other applications for the same class. The admissions committee, composed of faculty members from all concentrations, review the applications carefully and consider many factors in admissions decisions. All materials must be submitted and/or uploaded through the online application system.

  • Transcripts
    From all colleges or universities you've attended must be submitted. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent international degree. (See Cornell's list of International Degree Equivalencies) There is no specific minimum grade point average used as a cut-off, although undergraduate coursework and grades are a factor in the admission decisions.
  • Recommendations
    2 letters of recommendation are required. Academic recommendations are preferred, but professional recommendations are also accepted. Letters of recommendation need to be submitted via the applicant's online application.
  • Interview
    After submitting an application for the MILR program, you will be invited to record an online video interview. For your convenience, our interview questions have been pre-recorded so that you can complete your responses at any time. The video interview is part of a holistic assessment that will be considered alongside your completed application. Detailed information about the video interviews will be provided by email after you submit your application.
  • Resume
    All applicants are required to submit a resume with their application.
  • Statement of Purpose
    All applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose with their application.
  • GRE or GMAT Scores
    All applicants are required to submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) test scores.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    Required for all international students. Applicants must meet set minimum scores in order to be admitted to Cornell University under the Cornell Graduate School policy:
    • Overall band score for the IELTS is 7.0
    • Minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL are: Listening: 15; Reading: 20; Speaking: 22; Writing: 20

      The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if you meet at least one of these criteria: (1) is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore, are not exempt from the requirement; (2) studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.

      International students may be required to complete Cornell's English for International Students and Scholars (EISS) program prior to enrollment to ensure students of the best chance of success in the program. This is determined by the ILR Graduate Committee.
  • Writing Sample (MS/PhD Only)
    MS/PhD applicants are required to submit a writing sample. Applicants who have already completed a Master's degree must submit a copy of their Master's thesis.


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