Proposition 41.19.3. Let $A$, $B$ be Noetherian local rings. Let $f : A \to B$ be an étale homomorphism of local rings. Then $A$ is Cohen-Macaulay if and only if $B$ is so.

** Being Cohen-Macaulay ascends and descends along étale maps. **

**Proof.**
A local ring $A$ is Cohen-Macaulay if and only if $\dim (A) = \text{depth}(A)$. As both of these invariants is preserved under an étale extension, the claim follows.
$\square$

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