Cornell University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Ithaca, NY

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This is how we change the world. 

You want to change the world—and so do we
We’re a community with an unconventional sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has been changing the world for over a century and will continue to do so for a century more. In fact, The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences for their 2020 College Rankings. Grounded in agriculture and focused on life, Cornell CALS is a pioneer institution, shaping contemporary science and eagerly embracing international opportunity, while always serving the people of New York.

Pursue your goals through purpose-driven science
CALS offers research-centered advanced degree programs, like our MS/PhD joint degree, in more than 30 fields of study as well as course-based professional master’s degree programs in several key areas of specialization. While research-centered graduate degrees often lead to academic careers and scientific discovery, professional master’s degree programs—including an MPS, MLA, and MEng—are designed to enhance careers in industry, government, and nonprofit agencies.

Purpose-driven science through an interdisciplinary approach
At Cornell, graduate study is organized using a field structure, where fields span departments and even disciplines to teach grad students a broader range of skills. It’s possible for an Economics student to add courses and concentrations from industrial and labor relations, civil and environmental engineering, sociology, and more to their traditional economics and management learning for a unique and standout résumé boost.

Drawing from many different campuses and colleges within the University, fields are composed of faculty members from several departments who come together around a shared interest to provide graduate students with a multifaceted advanced education. 

Go beyond the classroom to make a meaningful impact
With nearly $700 million in total research expenditures, one of the 10 largest academic research libraries, and some of the best facilities in academia, Cornell University is consistently ranked as one of the most comprehensive universities in the world for undergraduate and graduate students alike. Cornell is also ranked first among the nation’s academic institutions for National Science Foundation research funding. Graduate research education receives strong financial support with nearly $50 million in tuition, stipend, and organized research expenditures going to grad programs each year. Grad students interested in research can earn a Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Joint MS/PhD from Cornell CALS.

Important application information
• Graduate students are admitted to a field of study, from which they will select major and minor subjects for their research interests or concentrations.
• Admission decisions for all CALS graduate degree programs are made by CALS graduate field faculty committees. 
• The Cornell University Graduate School administers the application process for graduate programs at Cornell and provides administrative support for all Cornell graduate research students.

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39 Graduate Program Options Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Animal Science              
Atmospheric Science              
Botany and Plant Sciences                
Communication Studies                
Computational Science                
Environmental Engineering              
Evolutionary Biology              
Food Science              
Information Systems              
Landscape Architecture                
Plant Pathology              
Resource Management              

Located in Ithaca, NY

From the shores of Lake Erie to the tip of Long Island and from the Southern Tier to the North Country, you'll find Cornell CALS campuses, facilities, and affiliates throughout the Empire State. Many of our facilities are located near Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, New York, where our undergraduate programs take place. Our next largest location is Cornell AgriTech, our New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, which has branch stations on Lake Erie and in the Hudson Valley. The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell AES) encompasses research farms and greenhouses in Ithaca, Freeville, Willsboro, Aurora, and Riverhead.

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Cornell Graduate Fields of Study

• American Indian & Indigenous Studies
   Grad minor
• Animal Science
   MPS, MS, MS/PhD, PhD
• Applied Economics & Management
   MPS, MS, PhD
• Atmospheric Science
   MS, MS/PhD, PhD
• Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
• Biological & Environmental Engineering
   MEng, MPS, MS, PhD
• Biophysics
• Communication
• Computational Biology
• Development Studies
   MS/PhD, PhD
• Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
   MS, PhD
• Entomology  
   MS, PhD
• Environmental Quality
   Grad minor
• Food Science & Technology
   MFS, MS, PhD
• Genetics, Genomics & Development
• Genomics
   Grad minor
• Global Development 
• Horticulture
   MS, PhD
• Information Science 
   MPS, MS, PhD
• Landscape Architecture
• Microbiology
• Natural Resources
   MPS, MS, MS/PhD, PhD
• Neurobiology & Behavior
• Nutrition 
   MS, PhD
• Plant Biology
• Plant Breeding
   MS, MS/PhD, PhD
• Plant Pathology & Plant Microbe Biology
   MS, PhD
• Risk Analysis, Communication & Policy
   Grad minor
• Soil & Crop Sciences
   MS, MS/PhD, PhD
• Water Resources
   Grad minor

Student Body

1,022 students

0 full-time

0 part-time




Application Fee
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