How to Apply

Applications for the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in hotel administration are available online through the Cornell University Graduate School.  For those considering the MS degree, please do not apply to the professional Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program.

Application Deadline and Admissions Timeline

MS and PhD programs begin in the fall term, starting in August. Applications and all supporting materials are due by December 15 for the subsequent fall term. The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and invite the strongest candidates for personal interviews with members of our graduate faculty.

Application Requirements

  • Submit the graduate program application form to Cornell's Graduate School by December 15 for the subsequent fall term you wish to enroll.
  • Submit the application fee with the online application.
  • Submit a resume or CV that includes a detailed description of dates and specific duties performed for each job.
  • Arrange to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Records Examination). A GMAT or GRE test score is required. Have your GMAT score report sent to Cornell University Graduate School using the institutional code 5811, or your GRE score report sent using the institutional code 2098. More information can be found on the Graduate School's website.
  • Arrange for official transcripts of all college or university academic work to be sent to the Cornell University Graduate School, Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2602. Transcripts must list all courses and grades, the degree earned, and the conferral date of the degree.
  • Students who have completed degrees outside the U.S. are encouraged to review their degree eligibility by submitting an evaluation of their transcripts that provides the U.S. equivalent of the credits earned (for example, by the World Education Services). If your transcript is not in English, please submit an original copy as well as an official and certified English translation.
  • Submit at least two original letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a college-level academic instructor, and one should be from an employer or professional reference.
  • If your native language is not English, you will need to provide proof of your English language competency by taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Additional information and criteria to waive this examination can be found on the English Language Proficiency Requirement website.