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Cornell University — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Program Type:
Master's International
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Degrees Awarded:
International Development Studies (MS), Professional Studies-Agriculture (MPS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Deadlines are set by individual majors, which are: International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) and  International Development (ID).

Admissions Cycle:

Deadlines are set by individual majors, please check with majors for dates.

Program Start:
Program Founded:
February, 1998


Up to six credit hours may be earned during Peace Corps service through the completion and acceptance of the MPS project paper. During Peace Corps service, students are not required to pay full tuition. They will, however, be required to pay an absentia tuition of $200 per semester.


The Master of Professional Studies  program, including the International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) MPS degree and the International Development MPS degree, focuses on , various aspects of international development such as agriculture, conservation of natural resources, population, nutrition, planning, and policy.  The program prepares students, through a combination of academic studies and application of analytical skills, to assume a leadership position in development programs, in government and non-government organizations, or in the private sector. Students can choose from the following areas of study: Biological and Environmental Engineering, Applied Economics & Management, Animal Science, Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, Food Science and Technology, International Agriculture and Rural Development, International Development, Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Protection, Pomology, Crop & Soil Sciences, and Vegetable Crops.

The MPS degree combined with a Peace Corps tour will require satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours related to the candidate's professional interest.   After two semesters of academic work, the student will undertake his/her Peace Corps assignment. During the 27-month field experience, the student and faculty advisor will stay in contact and share new knowledge and experiences relating to the MPS project paper to be written based on the field experience. Following the Peace Corps experience, the candidate will prepare and submit a problem-solving project paper. The project paper may analyze and evaluate the execution of a particular program, the development of a plan of action for dealing with a selected problem, the development of materials or methodology for field programs or the development and execution of research appropriate to a selected problem of development.


Although specific requirements vary by field of study, the following hold true to most all fields: (1) A baccalaureate degree granted by a university of recognized standing, or completion of studies equivalent to those required for a baccalaureate degree at Cornell; (2) Evidence of ability to perform well in graduate studies at Cornell, such as undergraduate academic record, and letters of recommendation; (3) A statement of purpose projecting clear professional objectives that could be well served by the joint MPS/Peace Corps program at Cornell. Students should submit electronically their completed applications.  Please address any questions to Ms. Denise Percey, Graduate Field Coordinator/Global Development, email: dmp3@cornell.edu or phone: 607-255-3035

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Peter Hobbs
MI Coordinator

International Programs, CALS
611 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853

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