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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T lymphocyte (also called a T cell) from the immune system of a healthy donor. Courtesy: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Graduate student training at Cornell is organized into degree-granting disciplinary “Fields“. Graduate Fields are composed of Cornell faculty from multiple departments, coalesced around a central research discipline or theme, and most faculty members belong to several Fields. This structure brings diversity to research groups and departments and builds bridges throughout campus. The different Fields vary in their curricular structures and course requirements, but the graduate research experience at Cornell is very similar regardless of training Field.
Graduate students interested in CIHMID research areas may earn M.S. or Ph.D. degrees through a number of Fields, including:

Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)


Genetics, Genomics and Development (GGD)


Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB)

Most of the CIHMID faculty have membership in several Fields, and we strongly encourage prospective students to contact potential faculty advisors even before applying to Cornell. Please note that all graduate applications must be submitted through the Cornell Graduate School and that final admissions decisions are made by faculty committees within each Field. Application deadlines are typically in December, although they may vary slightly by Field and from year to year.