Regional Science, M.Sc. | Cornell University | Ithaca, United States
12 months
20800 USD/year
20800 USD/year
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The Regional Science program at Cornell University is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of regional, interregional, location, and conflict theory in the context of physical and policy spaces and the framework of existing economic, social, and political systems. 


Students master techniques of analysis of urban-regional systems as they relate to public and private decision making, with heavy emphasis on mathematical models and quantitative methods. Students are fully exposed to the existing and newly developing social science theory that directly relates to the multidisciplinary approach of regional science. 

Course offerings focus on the socioeconomic aspects of the physical environment and on the spatial and conflict aspects of socioeconomic systems. Students may ask any member of the Graduate Faculty to serve on their Special Committee. The chairperson must be a member of the Field of Regional Science. 

Applicants to the Regional Science master's degree program from Cornell University,  who have appropriate and strong background in quantitative methods and economics may, with a very focused program of study, be able to complete their course work in the minimum two semesters. Applicants lacking this background, or those seeking a more broadly based education in regional science, should expect to spend up to four semesters in residence for the master's degree.

Learning Outcomes

Cornell’s graduate programs in Regional Science are intended to help students synthesize knowledge from different cognate areas, make plausible inferences about phenomena they study, and exploit course-based knowledge to address problems at the frontiers of the field.

Graduate training in Regional Science should prepare students to be professional applied social scientists. 

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • environmental studies
  • international spatial problems
  • location theory
  • multiregional economic analysis
  • peace science
  • planning methods
  • urban and regional economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

Grades, class standing, GRE general test scores (required of all applicants), and letters of recommendation must collectively indicate superior ability for creative research. Applicants are expected to have substantial preparation prior to entrance, which may be supplemented by work at Cornell.

  • all Graduate School Requirements 
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test is optional 
  • TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test

Tuition Fee

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    20800 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 USD /month
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