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  1. Cornell also offers programs and internships in New York City and Washington DC. What is Cornell’s student body like? During the 2020-2021 academic year, Cornell University admitted 5,836 students to the Class of 2025. Cornell received 17,000 more applications than the previous cycle: an increase from 51,500 to 67,000+.

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    Contact person for more information, including applications:

    Tracey Sherwood, Graduate Field Assistant, Cornell University, Design and Environmental Analysis, MVR Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401 607/255-2168

    Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the programs:

    Focus is on human factors aspects of environment design. Course covers human-environment topics and ergonomics design issues. Emphasis is also placed on applied techniques and research methods.

    Minimum requirements

    1. GPA: 3.0 2. GRE: >1200 v + q 3. Other: TOEFL (overall) score should be 105, but section minimums must meet Cornell Graduate School's minimum scores. Psychology or related behavioral science, engineering, computer science, social science, design

    Importance of other criteria as admission factors:

    1. Research: medium 2. Relevant work experience: medium 3. Letters of recommendation: high 4. Personal interview: high when requested, but not required if application clearly meets criteria

    Required Courses (units):

    Making a Difference: By Design (audit); Intro to Human/Environment Relations (audit); Programming Methods in Design (4); Human Factors: Ergonomics-Anthropometrics (4); Human Factors: The Ambient Environment (4); Research Methods in Social Sciences (4); Applied Ergonomics Methods (4); Universal Design: Ergonomics and Accessibility (3); Statistical Methods (6–8)


    One from Directed Readings in Human Factors (4); Empirical Research in Human Factors (4); Supervised Fieldwork in Human Factors (4); Planning and Managing the Workplace (4); Minor electives (3–12)

    Research and support facilities available to students in the program: New research labs for environment simulations. Climate-controlled research laboratory. Extensive computer, electrophysiological, and environmental monitoring equipment, eye tracking, 3-D video motion capabilities, Faro arm. Whole-body scanner, hand scanner, and fMRI available. Biochemical analytic facilities available. Teaching opportunities available to students in the program: Teaching assistantships can include occasional class teaching. Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students: Research on human-computer interaction, input device (e.g., keyboard and mouse) design, ergonomic workplace design, scientific visualization methods, lighting and visual performance, noise and stress, ergonomics and health, personal environmental control systems, alternative work spaces, telecommuting, health care, universal design, aging and design.

    Based on current graduate students in the MS in Human Systems Engineering program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are:

    1. GRE 557 v, 757 q 2. 3.84 a 3. GPA 3.41

    Franklin D. Becker, PhD 1972, UC Davis; psychology Gary Evans, PhD 1975, U. Massachusetts Amherst; psychology David Feathers, PhD 2006, U. Buffalo; industrial & systems engineering Alan Hedge, PhD 1979, U. Sheffield; psychology Ying Hua, PhD 2007, Carnegie Mellon; architecture Joseph Laquatra, PhD 1984, Cornell U.; consumer economics & housing Lorraine Maxwell, PhD 1990, City U. of New York; psychology William Sims, Jr., PhD(Emeritus) 1974, MIT; planning Nancy Wells, PhD2000, U. Michigan; psychology and architecture [Updated May 2011]

  2. Cornell's renowned Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.) program combines theory and practice in both domestic and international realms, providing each student with a foundation in city and regional planning and spatial theory, economics, and the tools of planning analysis — both qualitative and quantitative. Each year, entering M.R.P. students create …

  3. Internship opportunities are available during the summer or academic year through one of our off-campus programs in Washington DC, New York City, Rome, or Mysore. Take advantage of our unique professional certificate offerings in Environmental Finance and Impact Investing or Infrastructure Project Management and Finance.

  4. Dec 31, 2021 · Programs are offered on and off campus during the summer and/or winter sessions, may include an internship, and may be combined with other courses. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-7259, or write to Special Programs, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

  5. Dec 02, 2021 · Programs are offered on and off campus during the summer and/or winter sessions and some may provide an internship, and/or be combined with other courses. For information, visit, email, call (607) 255-7259, or write to Special Programs, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

  6. Aug 30, 2021 · At Seattle Pacific University, officials adopted more of an approach like Cornell. Students from Washington State, California, Hawaii and Oregon are eligible. But the university also cut tuition by one-fourth for all students last year, to $35,100.