Application Deadlines

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate reviews and admits students to the master’s degree program in four rounds. Applying in earlier rounds ensures earlier decision notification to assist with your planning. Priority for Baker Program scholarship funding is given in earlier rounds.

  • Round one: December 1
  • Round two: January 15
  • Round three: March 1
  • Round four: April 15*
    *In response to applicants experiencing delays in obtaining required application materials, we are extending the Fall 2020 application deadline to June 15.

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Apply Online

The application for the Baker Program is available only via ApplyWeb, the Cornell Graduate School’s online application system. The Baker Program in Real Estate application for fall 2021 will be available beginning August 15, 2020.

  • The application can be completed in one session, or can be saved and returned to in subsequent sessions.
  • Students applying online with electronically submitted supporting documents will be able to track the status of their application through an account on the ApplyWeb website.
  • A $105 non-refundable fee is required to complete the application.
  • If you have questions or problems while completing the online application, contact the Baker Program coordinator of admissions at 607.255.7110.

What You Need to Apply

In addition to the requirements outlined by the Graduate School, the Baker Program has the following requirements:

Statement of Purpose

One of the most important pieces of the application, the statement of purpose provides an opportunity to discuss your motivations, background, character, personal goals, and any other insights that you want the admissions committee to consider in evaluating your application. There is no set format, but statements should be no longer than 750 words. The admissions committee reads the statement of purpose to gauge an applicant’s passion for real estate, leadership potential for the real estate industry, and the ability to contribute in the classroom. Questions the committee hopes to finds answers to within the statement of purpose include:

  • Are you someone that positively impacts the people and organizations around you?
  • What experiences can you share that point to your character and integrity?
  • Do you have the traits that will inspire a legacy at whatever organization you serve during your future real estate career?

Video Essay

After your application has been submitted you will be invited to record an online video essay. For your convenience, our questions have been pre-recorded so that you can complete your responses at any time. The video essays are part of a holistic assessment that will be considered alongside your completed application. Detailed information about the video essays will be provided by email after you submit your application.


Please provide your most current resume. If you have updates to your resume after submitting your application, you are welcome to email an updated resume at any time during the admissions process.


Transcripts from all prior academic institutions attended are required. Please upload a PDF copy of transcripts from each institution, including any at which you are currently enrolled and/or from any institution from which you have received or will receive a degree.

Competitive applicants to the Baker Program in Real Estate will have completed coursework in the following subjects prior to enrollment:

  • Microeconomics
  • Financial Accounting

For students who have not taken a microeconomics or financial accounting class, the prerequisites can be satisfied before matriculation (before the first day of the program). If you have questions about your credentials, please feel free to email the Office of Admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. Applicants may submit letters of recommendation directly to the Baker Program on appropriate letterhead, or may have references submit their evaluations directly through the online application process. You are encouraged to request recommendations from people who are well acquainted with you and your professional capabilities.

*GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Records Examination)


All applicants are required to submit either the GMAT or GRE taken in the last 5 years.

If you have graduated from Cornell University in the last 2 years with a GPA of 3.3 or greater, please submit your transcript and request a waiver by emailing

When sending your official score report, have your GMAT score report sent to Cornell University Graduate School or your GRE sent to Cornell University, Institution Code 2098.

The official score must arrive at Cornell prior to processing the application. Applicants who take the GMAT/GRE more than once benefit from having only their highest score considered in the admissions process, but no super scoring will be performed (i.e., adding the best verbal to the best quantitative scores). If you plan to retake the GMAT/GRE after applying, please email the Admissions and Student Services office of the date on which you intend to take the test.

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Information for International Students

(International applicants only)

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Baker Program in Real Estate does not accept My Best Score reports for the TOEFL examination and requires a minimum cumulative TOEFL score of 100 in addition to the minimum sub-scores that can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

In some cases, these testing requirements can be waived. For more information on score minimums, how to submit test scores, and the criteria for waiving the requirement, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

  • Cornell must receive official TOEFL or IELTS scores before the university can process your application.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid only if dated within two years of your program’s application deadline.


For applicants in regions where the TOEFL iBT is not available, Cornell will continue to accept scores for the paper-based test (PBT).

  • Please request TOEFL scores to be sent to: Cornell University Graduate School, Code #2098. If you are required to take the TOEFL, please note the following:
  • Photocopies of TOEFL score reports will not be accepted.
  • Take the TOEFL early enough to have the results submitted at the time of your application. Please note that we cannot confirm receipt of test scores until the student has submitted an online application. Exam dates are posted on the TOEFL website.
  • If you receive your test results and any sub-score does not meet the requirement, you should make arrangements to retake the test. If your TOEFL score does not meet the requirement, we cannot issue a visa document, and you will not be able to enter the country.
  • An application cannot be considered complete until Cornell receives official scores from ETS. An offer of admissions cannot be made, nor can a visa document be issued, if an application is incomplete.


The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Please email for information about how to send your scores.

  • International students may also be required to pass a writing benchmark. All of our classes are in English and require participation in class discussions, as well as intensive writing, reading, and involvement in group projects. Successful candidates will have a full command of both spoken and written English. Even if your TOEFL score exceeds the minimum requirement, you may still be required to enroll in an intensive English course, preferably in the United States, before you begin the program.

International students can find detailed information on specific application requirements on the Graduate School’s website.

Dual Real Estate Degree Candidates

Applicants to the dual-degree program must apply separately to both the Baker Program for the MPS RE and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) for the MRP.

Each college or school makes its admissions decisions independently. The Baker Program is not responsible for other college’s requirements and does not have access to information pertaining to those application files.

To be accepted and enrolled in a dual-degree program, students must:

  • Meet each program’s application deadline and fulfill all admissions requirements (admissions decisions are made independently by each program)
  • Accept admittance to both programs, and submit any required tuition deposits
  • Submit GMAT score reports, transcripts, and TOEFL, if needed, to each program

Requests to enroll as a dual-degree student must be declared on the initial application to the Baker Program. Students not admitted to a dual-degree program upon initial enrollment in the Baker Program must complete the MPS RE degree requirements before enrolling in any other degree program at Cornell.

Students already enrolled in the MRP program may still apply to the Baker Program and, upon admission, be formally admitted to the dual-degree program.

Students applying to meet an early deadline in another college should inform the Baker Program; an early decision on the real estate application may be possible as well.


An interview with a member of the Baker Student Admissions Team is an optional part of the admissions process. These interviews can either occur in person at Cornell or virtually from anywhere. In order to request an interview, an applicant must have created a profile in the application portal and shared a resume with the Office of Admissions. You may also request your interview after you have submitted your application. To request an interview please send an email for more information.

The interview allows the Baker Program to get to know you and your professional goals. It is also your opportunity to get a firsthand understanding of what studying at the Baker Program will be like for you.