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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

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 prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors before applying. 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 early December, although they may vary slightly by Field.