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For Fall admission, the application file must be completed by January 15. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

Documents required for completion of your application file are:

For USA Applicants

$105 Application Fee.

  1. Completed application form. Use 'Policy Analysis and Management' as proposed field of study.

  2. Statement of Purpose.

  3. GRE scores.

  4. Scan all transcripts and save as a single pdf file, then upload into the online application.

  5. Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders need to scan and upload their letter into the online application.

  6. A writing sample illustrative of your independent research is optional and can be submitted online.

All materials should be submitted through the Graduate School online application process. In the event that you need to submit additional material, please submit to:

Graduate Field Assistant, Dept. of PAM, 2301 MVR Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401,

Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

For Foreign Applicants

  1. Fulfill all requirements above, as well as provide:

  2. Proof of English Proficiency

    Acceptable proof is:

    • TOEFL scores - minimum of 105 total required

    • IELTS - The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS

    • A degree from a college or university in a country where English is both the language of instruction and the native language, or
    • Two or more years of full-time study where English is both the language of instruction and the native language.