Below are some common questions of Cornell CS M.Eng. students together with the answers.

Q: Can I take non-CS courses for M.Eng. credit?

Yes, provided they are both "technical" and "advanced". More information can be found here, and a list of pre-approved non-CS courses can be found here. Note that at least 15 credits must be CS courses not counting any project courses, seminars, practicums or courses not taken for a letter grade.

Q: Can I apply credits I earned at Cornell (or another university) before I started my M.Eng. degree?

No. This is a rule of the Engineering College and we have zero flexibility on this issue. In particular, Cornell undergraduates should delay taking any courses they wish to count toward their M.Eng. degree until after they officially start as M.Eng. students (either as Early Admit or regular admits).

Q: How do I find a project to work on?

There are several ways to identify a project.

  • Faculty research projects - The M.Eng. Office compiles a directory of projects available through the Faculty and Researchers in CS and other University Departments. The Directory is usually available some time in the first two weeks of classes.
  • Come up with your own idea, write a proposal and find a faculty member or researcher to agree to be your advisor.
  • Join one of the many Cornell project teams - CUAIR, CUAUV, CMR - Click here for Information on Project Teams.
  • Some courses have projects which can be expanded upon.

Q: I have an idea for an M.Eng. project. Is that OK?

Sure, this is done every year! You will need to find a CS faculty member or researcher who is willing to supervise you. It is advisable that you meet with the CS M.Eng. Director prior to contacting faculty members directly as he will be able to direct you to the best match for your project. You should write up a clear proposal to present to prospective advisors.

Q: Am I allowed to stay for a third semester?

Yes. Although we encourage you to plan to complete your M.Eng. program in two academic terms. We realize that this is not always possible and sometimes students wish to stay an additional semester to further enhance their backgrounds. Students continuing for a third semester are required to register as full time students for all three terms and pay full time tuition. The CS M.Eng Office must be informed of your decision to continue for an additional term before the end of their second term so the student's record can be updated to reflect their continuation.