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SCS Graduate Admissions Overview

SCS Graduate Admissions Overview

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science! Our online application allows you to apply to up to three of our doctoral programs and any of our master’s programs included in the combined application.

Note that five of our master's programs have separate online applications, which you can learn more about on their admissions pages. MSIT in Privacy EngineeringMaster of Human-Computer Interaction, Master of Software Engineering,Master of Software Engineering - Scalable Systems and Master of Software Engineering - Embedded Systems.

GREs will be optional for fall 2020 applications to programs for the academic year 2021-22, although many programs strongly recommend taking them. See a short description of each program's GRE policy

Important Dates & Deadlines

For Programs Beginning in Fall 2021
 
Application Opens:August 17, 2020 
Early Application Deadline (Reduced Fee):November 19, 2020 (11:59 a.m. EST)
Final Application Deadline:December 10, 2020 (11:59 a.m. EST)
TOEFL, IELTS & GRE Deadlines:

If you need to retake your TOEFL, IELTS and/or GRE for this application, then you must take the exam no later than November 7, 2020. We will not accept any exam scores taken past the date of November 7, 2020 because the test scores will not be reportable until after our December 10, 2020 deadline.


Application Checklist

For detailed information about each section of the application, visit the SCS Graduate Application Instructions Page.

  1. The Graduate Application
  2. Application Fee
    • If you submit your application and pay the required fee before 11:59 a.m. EST on November 19 2020 (Early Deadline) the application fee is $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program.
    • At 12 p.m. EST on November 19, 2020, the application fee increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program.
    • 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. Fees for application to a limited number of our programs can be waived for participants in certain programs. In addition, if you are unable to pay the application fee, the School of Computer Science will consider a fee waiver request. For information about how to apply for an application fee waiver, visit the SCS Graduate Application Fee Waiver Page.
  3. GRE - GREs will be optional for fall 2020 applications to programs for the academic year 2021-22, although many programs strongly recommend taking them. See a short description of each program's GRE policy
  4. TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo - If you are an international applicant and your native language (language spoken from birth) is not English, an official copy of an English proficiency score report is required. The English proficiency requirement cannot be waived for any reason. We strongly encourage applicants to take either the TOEFL or IELTS. In cases where these are not available it is acceptable to take the Duolingo test. We discourage the use of the "TOEFL IPT Plus for China", since speaking is not scored. Additional details are provided on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
  5. Unofficial Transcripts 
  6. Résumé/CV 
  7. Statement of Purpose (If uploading multiple SOPs, upload them as 1 PDF file and include a table of contents page). 
  8. Three Letters of Recommendation 
  9. Supplemental Information (If applicable).

Application Deadlines

Early Application Deadline:
November 19, 2020 (11:59 a.m. EST)

Final Application Deadline:
December 10, 2020 (11:59 a.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 ExperimentationMSASGREs are optional, but strongly recommended if your transcript does not contain much coursework in mathematics, computer science or other heavily quantitative disciplines (in order for you to provide evidence of your quantitative abilities).
Master of Science in Computational BiologyMSCBGREs are not required. We assess applicants holistically and take into consideration many factors, including computational background and skill. This skill can be demonstrated by optional submission of GRE scores and/or by coursework in computer science, linear algebra, statistical inference or related areas. 
Master of Science in Computer ScienceMSCSGRE scores are highly recommended. If you cannot provide them, briefly explain why in your application. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon. More info: https://csd.cmu.edu/academics/masters/admissions
Master of Human-Computer Interaction MHCIGRE scores are highly recommended for the MHCI application. If you are unable to provide them due to COVID-19, briefly address this in your application. 
Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning ScienceMETALSThe GRE General Test is strongly encouraged. 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. 
Master of Science in Product ManagementMSPMWaived GRE and GMAT for 2020 applications only.
Master of Software EngineeringMSEGREs are optional but recommended as part of a holistic review and evaluation of applications by the MSE Programs Admission Committee.
Master of Software Engineering - Scalable SystemsMSE-SSGREs are optional but recommended as part of a holistic review and evaluation of applications by the MSE Programs Admission Committee.
Master of Software Engineering - Embedded SystemsMSE-ESGREs are optional but recommended as part of a holistic review and evaluation of applications by the MSE Programs Admission Committee
Master's of Software Engineering - DistanceMSE-DistanceGRE scores are optional; however, applicants who have taken the GREs are encouraged to submit their scores.
Master of Science in Information Technology - Privacy EngineeringMSIT-PEWhile this year GRE scores are optional due to COVID-19, applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit their scores. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon.
Master of Computational Data ScienceMCDSGRE scores are highly recommended. If you cannot provide them, briefly explain in your application. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon. More info: https://mcds.cs.cmu.edu/apply-mcds-program.
Master of Science in Intelligent Information SystemsMIISOptional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage, however you may submit GRE results if you wish.
Master of Science in Language TechnologiesMLTOptional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage, however you may submit GRE results if you wish.
Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and InnovationMSAIIOptional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage, however you may submit GRE results if you wish.
Master of Science in Machine LearningMSMLWe understand that the GRE may be difficult to take for applicants in 2020. If you have taken it or want to take it, include your scores in your application. Otherwise, know that the lack of GRE results will not be held against you for admission to the MS in Machine Learning program. More info: https://www.ml.cmu.edu/academics/primary-ms-machine-learning-masters.html.
Master of Science in Computer VisionMSCVGREs are strongly recommended. Adequate performance on all GRE elements (analytical, verbal, and quantitative) is considered critically in the admissions evaluation.
Master of Science in RoboticsMSRGREs are strongly recommended. Adequate performance on all GRE elements (analytical, verbal, and quantitative) is considered critically in the admissions evaluation.
Master's in Robotic Systems DevelopmentMRSDGREs are strongly recommended. Adequate performance on all GRE elements (analytical, verbal, and quantitative) is considered critically in the admissions evaluation.
Ph.D. in Computer Science  Optional. Not required, but if you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to submit the score.
Ph.D. in Machine Learning Optional. Not required, but if you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to submit the score.
Ph.D. in Societal Computing (ISR) Optional. Ph.D. applicants are welcome to submit a GRE score (<5 years old) if they wish, but are under no obligation to do so this year.
Ph.D. in Software Engineering (ISR) We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes.
Ph.D. in Language and Information Technology Optional. An application without GRE scores is not at a disadvantage; however, you may submit GRE results if you wish.
Ph.D. in Robotics 
Optional but strongly recommended. If you cannot submit GRE scores, explain the reason.
Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes.
Ph.D. in Computational Biology We don't use GRE scores at all in our admissions processes.

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