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: How many credits may I enroll in each semester?

Students may enroll in a maximum of 20 credits each semester. Be sure your course plan accommodates this as petitions will not be approved without strong mitigating circumstances.

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

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 sometime in the first two weeks of classes.
  • The COE hosts an online directory of MEng projects being offered by faculty and researchers within the College. All MEng students have access to this directory. A link will be shared at the start of the semester.
  • 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.

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.