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Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Student Spotlight

For Terry Vallery, the MPS program provides the opportunity to solidify his HCI work through hands-on projects.

Info Sci MPS student Val Mack shares the vision behind her 3D-printing start-up, Dimitri.

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A 2014 graduate of the Master of Professional Studies program in Information Science, Siddharth Bajaj now works with Doran Jones as a consulting so

Our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Science is a one-year program that prepares students for work in industry.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Science is an interdisciplinary, one-year program that prepares students for successful careers in information science. Students have the opportunity for study with faculty members who are leaders in their field. Capstone projects involve students in finding solutions to real world problems, providing experiences that can apply directly to jobs after graduation.  

Cornell's Information Science MPS allows each student to individually tailor a unique skill set for their career goals, such as user experience design, data science, interactive technology, and networks and markets. Our flexible curriculum allows students to develop strong technical skills and an in-depth understanding of the social and behavioral aspects of information technology. Students can choose from all the courses offered at Cornell during the program. For a look at this semester's MPS courses and approved electives, see here. Each MPS student can map a course of study particular to the career goals that student is hoping to achieve. MPS students gain practical experience by putting their new skills to use in semester-long projects

Some positions that our graduating students have accepted in recent years include: Application Designer, Business Technical Analyst, Front End Web Developer, Integrations Engineer, IT Leadership, Research Scientist, Software Engineer, Systems Administrator, Usability Analyst, User Experience Architect, and Web Applications Developer. The average starting salary of the class of 2015 was $83,925. Our alumni can be found at leading companies in the industry, such as Apple, Deloitte, eBay, GE, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Oracle, Verizon and Yahoo!.  (Please see our Post Graduate Reports for more details about recent MPS graduate outcomes.)

If you're interested in a career that involves both the technical and behavioral aspects of information technology, an MPS degree could provide you with the foundation you need. You can send your contact information to us to receive more information about the program, including reminders about application deadlines and upcoming information sessions. 

You can also direct questions to our Graduate Field Coordinator, Barbara Warner, by email or phone, 607-254-5347. 

Please review this page for deadlines, procedures, and requirements for applying to the MPS program.

Cornell undergraduates may take advantage of the Early Admit option in order to take courses in their final semester as an undergrad that will count towards the MPS degree.

See how you can customize the program to prepare for your future in industry, with coursework in Information Science and in disciplines across Cornell.

Focus areas are an optional tool for MPS students to structure their studies. They contain a mix of Information Systems area and Human and Social Systems area courses. 

As part of the MPS program, students carry out a semester-long project. The project offers students an opportunity to experience working with a client to complete work on time and to the satisfaction of the client. Further, projects are completed in teams of 3-4 students, giving students an opportunity to practice... more

This unique sequence pairs MPS and business school students together to work collaboratively on projects for partnering companies like Verizon, Ensighten, and Thomson Reuters.

Our Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Science graduates have gone on to jobs across the United States and around the world. More and more companies are looking to hire employees with the skillset that an MPS can provide. Cornell Information Science MPS alumni can be found at large corporations... more

From the time they arrive on campus, MPS students have opportunities to connect with employers and develop a career search strategy, with help from career services professionals.

Please review the frequently asked questions below for more information about the MPS program in Information Science.

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