SCS Graduate Application Instructions

To apply for admission to our master's and/or doctoral programs, read the following instructions carefully and make certain that you have met all requirements when you submit your application. You can apply to up to three doctoral programs and any of the master's programs.

  • Application Fee
    • The application fee is $100 per program. If you apply before the early deadline of Nov. 20, 2024  (3 p.m. EST), then the application fee is $80 per program.
      • If you submit your application early, your recommenders still have until Dec. 11, 2024, to submit recommendations. 
      • Note: The MSE, MSE-ES, MSE-SS programs are not following any early deadlines in the application fee is $100.
    • Application Fee Waivers: We expect all applicants to submit payment with their online application. However, note that we do waive the required fee under certain circumstances. For information about how to apply for an application fee waiver, visit the SCS Graduate Application Fee Waiver Page.
  • Test Scores
    • If you need to take/retake your TOEFL, IELTS and/or GRE for this application, we highly recommend you take the exam no later than Nov. 27, 2024. Reportable scores can take two weeks to process and we may not be able to review any scores that arrive after our Dec. 11, 2024, deadline.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      • Each program sets its policy on whether GRE scores are required and which test type is accepted. You can read short descriptions of each program's GRE policy below.
      • Send scores via ETS using our SCS/CMU codes:
        • GRE Institution Code: 2074
        • GRE Department Code: 0402
      • GRE scores will not be accepted if they are more than five years old.
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable) 
      • If you will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa, and English is not a native language for you ("native language" meaning spoken at home and from birth), we are required to formally evaluate your English proficiency.
      • We require applicants who will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa, and for whom English is not a native language, to demonstrate English proficiency via one of these standardized tests: TOEFL (preferred), IELTS or Duolingo. We discourage the use of the "TOEFL ITP Plus for China," since speaking is not scored.
      • We do not issue waivers for non-native speakers of English. In particular, we do not issue waivers based on previous study at a U.S. high school, college or university. We also do not issue waivers based on previous study at an English-language high school, college or university outside of the United States. No amount of educational experience in English, regardless of the country it occurred in, will result in a test waiver. 
      • Some of our programs will accept expired test scores from applicants who have recently completed a degree in the United States if the applicant can present a copy of an official score report showing the applicant's picture, not an unofficial score listing. Please consult the information for each specific program you apply to.
    • Submit valid, recent scores: If, as described above, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency, your TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo test scores will be considered valid as follows: 
      • If you have not received a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., you will need to submit a English proficiency score no older than two years. (Test scores taken before Sept. 1, 2022, will not be accepted.)
      • If you are currently working on or have received a bachelor's and/or a master's degree in the U.S., you may submit an expired test score up to five years old. (Test scores taken before Sept. 1, 2019, will not be accepted.)
        • Important: Applicants applying to MCDS and MHCI are required to submit scores from an English proficiency exam taken within the last two years. Scores taken before Sept. 1, 2022, will not be accepted regardless of whether you have previously studied in the U.S. For more information about their English proficiency score policies, visit the MCDS or MHCI admissions websites.
      •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
        •  Send scores via ETS using our SCS/CMU codes:
          • TOEFL Institution Code: 4256
          • TOEFL Department Code: 78
          • A successful applicant will normally have a total iBT score of at least 100.
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 
        • We prefer that you take the TOEFL, but we will accept the IELTS.
        • The same restrictions of expiration dates apply with an IELTS.
        • An IELTS score of 7 is equivalent to a TOEFL score of 100.
        • We accept IELTS scores through E-delivery. Please use the information below when setting up your IELTS scores for delivery to our institution.
          Account Name: Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
          Address: School of Computer Science
          5000 Forbes Avenue
          Pittsburgh, PA 15213   
          United States 
      • Duolingo
        • We prefer that you take the TOEFL or IELTS, but if you cannot do that, you may take the Duolingo test.
        • A Duolingo score of 120 is equivalent to a TOEFL iBT score of 97-102.
        • Be sure to use the same email address as you plan to use when you apply to a CMU program. Also be sure that Duolingo scores are sent to “Carnegie Mellon University – Graduate Computer Science Programs."
        • Important: Make sure to request that Duolingo includes your subscores when they send your test results to Carnegie Mellon University – Graduate Computer Science Programs.
      • Additional details about English proficiency requirements are provided on the FAQ page.
  • Unofficial Transcripts 
    • All transcripts must be uploaded prior to submission.
    • Since fall grades are not required, upload your transcripts as early as possible.
    • We do not require hard copies of your transcripts at the time of application. If you are accepted to a program, you will be given instructions to mail your transcripts at that time. 
  • Resume/CV 
    • Submit your current resume. It should outline your education, research experience, work experience, publications, scholarships awarded, prizes and honors received, society memberships, and any other extracurricular activities. 
    • You must upload your resume in PDF format. 
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) 
    • Submit a Statement of Purpose. Each program has specific SOP instructions which can be found inside of that programs application.
    • Generally we are looking for you to prepare:
      • A concise one or two-page essay that describes your primary areas of interest in research, your related experiences and your objective in pursuing a graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon.
      • Your essay should be specific in describing your interests and motivations. When describing your research interests, you should explain why you think they are important areas of study and why you are particularly well-suited to pursuing them.
      • You should describe any relevant education, research, commercial, government or teaching experience.
    • Our review committees in every program value applicants who display persistence and resilience in the face of challenge and adversity, demonstrate a commitment to ethics, show concern for others and for their community, and/or exhibit leadership in one or more endeavors.
    • We recommend that you use AI tools only in a limited fashion. They are great for correcting grammar and spelling. They are terrible for expressing your own interests and experiences. Remember that you are solely responsible for 100% of what is submitted in your application. Please consider carefully how you use these tools as the use of them may impact your ability to be admitted.
  • Letters of Recommendation (LOR) 
    • Submit three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should know you relatively well and be able to evaluate the quality of your previous work. At least two should be from faculty or recent employers.
    • Letters of recommendation will be requested and submitted electronically. 
    • If you submit your application early, your recommenders still have until the final deadline to submit recommendations.

Application Deadline

Early Deadline: Nov. 20, 2024  
(3 p.m. EST)

Final Deadline: Dec. 11, 2024   
(3 p.m. EST)

GRE & TOEFL Codes

GRE Report Codes:

  • Institution Code - 2074
  • Department Code - 0402

TOEFL Report Codes:

  • Institution Code - 4256
  • Department Code - 78

 

ProgramShort NameGRE Policy
Master of Science in Automated Science: Biological ExperimentationMSASNeither general nor subject GREs are required for acceptance into the MSAS program. We assess applicants holistically and take into consideration many factors including quantitative and computational background and skills. These skills can be demonstrated by optional submission of GRE scores or by advanced coursework in computer science, mathematics (especially linear algebra), statistical inference or related areas. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Computational BiologyMSCBNeither the general GRE nor subject GREs are required. However, we assess applicants holistically and take into consideration many factors including computational background and skill. This computational skill can be demonstrated by optional submission of GRE scores or by advanced coursework in computer science, linear algebra, statistical inference or related areas. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Computer ScienceMSCSGRE scores are required. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon. The GRE at Home Test is not accepted unless the score date is between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021; or between August 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. If you are submitting at-home GRE scores, describe the circumstances which made that necessary in your Statement of Purpose. More information is available on the program website
Master of Human-Computer Interaction MHCIGRE General Test scores are optional though highly recommended as part of a holistic review and evaluation of applications. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website
Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning ScienceMETALSGRE General Test scores are highly recommended. If GRE General Test scores are not submitted as part of your application, we strongly encourage you to submit a portfolio and other relevant materials (such as coursework) to demonstrate your abilities and readiness for the program’s rigor. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Product ManagementMSPMStudents may apply for a GRE/GMAT waiver. Students must submit a letter to the Admissions Committee highlighting their past work and educational experience. Students may be required to complete supplemental coursework. More information is available on the program website
Master of Software EngineeringMSEGRE scores are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores. The GRE at Home Test is accepted. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Software Engineering - Scalable SystemsMSE-SSGRE scores are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores. The GRE at Home Test is accepted. More information is available on the program website
Master of Software Engineering - Embedded SystemsMSE-ESGRE scores are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores. The GRE at Home Test is accepted. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Software Engineering Online MSE OnlineGRE scores are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores. The GRE at Home Test is accepted. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Information Technology - Privacy EngineeringMSIT-PEGRE scores are optional, but applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit their scores. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Computational Data ScienceMCDSGRE scores are required. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Intelligent Information SystemsMIISGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is generally not accepted, but exceptions could be made. More information is available on the program website
Master of Science in Language TechnologiesMLTGREs are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, you may submit GRE results if you wish. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and InnovationMSAIIGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Machine LearningMSMLGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is not accepted unless the score date is between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021; or between August 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. If you are submitting at-home GRE scores, describe the circumstances which made that necessary in your Statement of Purpose. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in Computer VisionMSCVGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Master of Science in RoboticsMSRGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website
Master's in Robotic Systems DevelopmentMRSDGRE scores are required. The GRE at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Computer Science  GRE scores are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores. The GRE at Home Test is not accepted. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Machine Learning GRE General Test scores are optional. If you plan to submit the GRE, the at Home Test is accepted, but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Societal Computing (S3D) GREs are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, you may submit GRE results if you wish. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Software Engineering (S3D) We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Language and Information Technology GREs are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, you may submit GRE results if you wish. More information is available on the program website
Ph.D. in Robotics 
GREs are optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, you may submit GRE results if you wish. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes. More information is available on the program website.
Ph.D. in Computational Biology We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes. More information is available on the program website.

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