Executive Master of Public Administration, How to Apply
The application for admission to the May 2021 EMPA cohort is now closed. The application for the May 2022 EMPA cohort will open in late August.
Steps for Completing the Application
Complete Cornell’s Online Graduate School Application (and related fees). When asked about your "Academic Program Selection," type in and select "Executive Master of Public Administration." For questions pertaining to any technical issues or errors, contact the Graduate School office at 607-255-4884.
Submit your résumé. The Cornell EMPA requires that applications demonstrate at least 8 years of professional experience. Applicants with fewer than 8 years may be considered if their experience is especially relevant and other qualifications are strong.
Submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. If you are admitted into the program you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Cornell University Graduate School.
Submit two letters of recommendation.
Submit a statement of purpose. See detailed information below for completing your submission.
Video interview: After we receive your complete application, we will contact you to schedule a 20–30-minute online interview over Zoom.
Provide TOEFL or IELTS scores, if from outside the US.
GRE, GMAT, scores are not required
About the Statement of Purpose
This is a one- or two-page statement that includes your: