SCS Master's Programs Comparison

Program Overview and Comparison Data Sheet

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  • Internships are typically taken away from campus during the summer semester; some programs allow on-campus summers without classes or tuition, typically involving research.
  • A culminating activity involves more work than most classes, draws on learning from the rest of the program, produces a document and presentation and satisfies a graduation requirement.
  • After completion, Professional program students typically obtain jobs in industry; Research program students typically enter Ph.D. programs.


  • Selectivity is the ratio of student applications offered acceptance over applications received; some programs requirements may diminish qualified candidates significantly.
  • GRE score ranges are 25th percentile to 75th precentile; for example, 25% of the students offered acceptance by CMU had a score below the 25th percentile.
  • GRE quantitative and verbal are scored between 130 and 170 in 1 point increments; GRE analytical is scored between 0 and 6 in 0.5 increments.
  • July 2016-June 2019 worldwide GRE quantitative mean score: 153.39 (9.35 standard deviation); verbal mean score: 150.37 (8.49 standard deviation); analytical mean score: 3.58 (0.85 standard deviation).
  • For precentiles of all test takers, see
  • The scope of % female is the fraction of students offered acceptance by CMU who identify as female.
  • Enrolled includes deferrals from prior year who entered this year.

Post-degree Placement

  • Data for students graduating in August 2020, December 2020, or May 2021. No salary statistics are reported when fewer than 4 salaries are reported.
  • Cont'd Educ means some graduates continued in another educational program (Ph.D.). Seeking means still seeking a desired destination.
  • By popularity means in order of the destinations receiving the most students. Employers are only listed if they hired two or more students.

    * Students who obtained a Master's degree while enrolled in a Ph.D. program are omitted.