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Cornell University Graduate School Report

8,877 Graduate Students
$30,006 Avg Graduate Tuition & Fees (In-State)
85.2% Took Classes Online
Get the facts about Cornell University Graduate School. Learn how it ranks, what graduate degree programs it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Click on any of the following links to jump to that section on this page.

Cornell University Graduate School Rankings

#15 Master's Degree School in U.S.
#13 Doctorate Degree School in U.S.

College Factual began producing its annual Best Quality Schools rankings as a means to assist students in finding top-quality graduate colleges and universities that are invested in preparing their students for their future endeavors. Factors that go into these rankings include how much money students make after graduation, the number of FTE students per instructor, and how much debt students take on to attend the school.

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Best Master’s Degree Schools Ranking

Cornell University came in at #15 out of the 1151 colleges and universities that were ranked in College Factual's 2023 Best Master's Degree Schools in the U.S. ranking. So, the school sits firmly among the Top 5% of colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to overall quality. As a result, Cornell is a recipient of this year's Best Master's Schools badge.

Cornell also ranked #2 for Best Master's Degree Schools in New York.

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Best Doctorate Degree Schools Ranking

Of the 676 institutions of higher learning that were examined in the 2023 Best Doctorate Schools in the United States ranking, Cornell came in at #13. So, the school sits firmly among the Top 5% of colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to overall quality. This makes Cornell a recipient of this year's Best Doctorate Schools badge.

In addition, Cornell took the #1 spot for Best Doctorate Degree Schools in New York.


Cornell University Graduate Student Diversity

8,877 Graduate Students
47.2% Women
21.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Around 8,877 graduate students chose to attend Cornell University during the most recent year for which we have data. Since diversity is such an important part of the grad school experience, College Factual looked deeper at the demographics of these students. Here is what we found.

Cornell Graduate Student Male-Female Ratio

Athough the male-female ratio may vary depending on the degree program, 47.2% of the total graduate students at Cornell are women and 52.8% are men.


Cornell Graduate Student Racial-Ethnic Diversity

Of all the graduate students at Cornell, around 21.8% belong to a racial-ethnic minority group. Cornell is popular with people from outside the United States, too. International students make up 41.8% of the graduate student population. The chart below shows the breakdown of graduate student demographics at the school. You can click on it for a more detailed view.


Cornell Graduate School Cost of Attendance

$30,006 Avg Tuition & Fees (In-State)
The average tuition per credit hour for part-time graduate students at Cornell University is $1,620. There is no discount for in-state students.

The average tuition and fees for graduate students is shown below.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $29,500 $29,500
Fees $506 $506

Average Salary of Cornell Grads with Master’s or Doctorate

$91,796 Avg Salary (Master's)
$107,405 Avg Salary (Doctorate)

Master’s Degree Average Earnings

The average early-career salary for master's degree recipients from Cornell is $91,796. That's pretty good comparatively. In fact, it is 57% higher than the national average of $58,425.


Doctorate Degree Average Earnings

After obtaining their doctorate degree from Cornell, graduates go on to jobs earning an average starting salary of $107,405. That's good news for those graduates since it is 43% higher than the national average of $75,260.


Location of Cornell University Graduate School

New York State
Small City Campus Setting
Private Public/Private
Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Ithaca makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Cornell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-2000

Online Learning for Cornell Grad Students

85.2% Took At Least One Online Class
18.9% Took All Classes Online

In 2019-2020, 85.2% of the graduate students at Cornell University took at least one class online. Roughly 18.9% of all grad students took courses exclusively online.


Cornell University Master’s Degree Programs

The only degree programs listed here are those in which master’s degrees were awarded in 2020-2021.

Master’s Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 23
Agricultural Economics & Business 44
Agricultural Engineering 18
Animal Science 3
Anthropology 5
Applied Mathematics 7
Archeology 2
Architectural Sciences & Technology 40
Area Studies 10
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1
Biomedical Engineering 75
Botany/Plant Biology 8
Business Administration & Management 548
Chemical Engineering 46
Chemistry 36
Child Development & Psychology 16
Civil Engineering 27
Classical Languages & Literature 1
Communication & Media Studies 8
Community Organization & Advocacy 2
Computer Information Systems 122
Computer Science 231
Design & Applied Arts 1
East Asian Languages 1
Economics 32
Electrical Engineering 148
Engineering Mechanics 3
Engineering Physics 19
Engineering-Related Fields 30
Ethnic Studies 1
Fine & Studio Arts 9
Food Science Technology 25
General Agriculture 10
General Biology 1
General English Literature 9
Genetics 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 69
Historic Preservation 3
History 8
Horticulture 5
Hospitality Management 47
Human Resource Management 124
Information Technology 44
International Agriculture 7
Landscape Architecture 27
Legal Research 35
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 230
Materials Engineering 46
Mathematics 10
Mechanical Engineering 76
Medieval Studies 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 5
Music 8
Natural Resources Conservation 16
Nutrition Science 1
Operations Research 138
Other Social Sciences 8
Philosophy 4
Physics 23
Plant Sciences 12
Political Science & Government 11
Public Administration 74
Public Health 32
Real Estate 27
Romance Languages 8
Science, Technology & Society 3
Sociology 9
Statistics 50
Systems Engineering 93
Urban & Regional Planning 36
Writing Studies 9
Zoology 5

Cornell University Doctorate Degree Programs

Just like the master’s degree programs, only programs that had doctorate degrees awarded in 2020-2021 are shown here.

Doctorate Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 2
Agricultural Engineering 3
Animal Science 7
Anthropology 5
Applied Mathematics 4
Architectural History 1
Area Studies 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 12
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 5
Biomedical Engineering 21
Botany/Plant Biology 14
Business Administration & Management 9
Chemical Engineering 16
Chemistry 28
Child Development & Psychology 5
Civil Engineering 7
Classical Languages & Literature 2
Communication & Media Studies 4
Community Organization & Advocacy 3
Computer Information Systems 7
Computer Science 25
Drama & Theater Arts 2
East Asian Languages 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6
Economics 19
Electrical Engineering 22
Engineering Mechanics 3
Engineering Physics 11
Ethnic Studies 1
Fine & Studio Arts 3
Food Science Technology 13
General Biology 8
General English Literature 9
Genetics 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 3
History 3
Hospitality Management 1
Human Resource Management 4
Industrial Production Technology 1
Law 194
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 6
Materials Engineering 7
Mathematics 11
Mechanical Engineering 17
Medieval Studies 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 5
Music 9
Natural Resources Conservation 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9
Nutrition Science 7
Operations Research 9
Other Social Sciences 2
Philosophy 3
Physics 20
Plant Sciences 11
Political Science & Government 8
Romance Languages 5
Science, Technology & Society 2
Sociology 13
Statistics 7
Urban & Regional Planning 3
Zoology 6

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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