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Masters admissions policies and procedures at the School of Computer Science vary by department and program.
SCS Graduate Online Application
There is a common online application form available for admission to SCS Ph.D. programs and any Masters programs (except for the Master of Science in Computational Biology) within the School of Computer Science. With the SCS Graduate Online Application, you may apply to up to three Ph.D. programs and any of Masters programs.
Application deadlines, procedures and policies for all other programs are at the discretion of the home department. Please refer to the Masters Programs page for links to individual program pages and application information.
Application Deadlines & Fees
Please note, we have made a big change for Fall 2016 Admissions! We no longer require mailed, hard versions of transcripts or test scores at the time of application. Do not mail anything to the admissions office. If you are accepted to a program, you will be given instructions to then mail your materials.
Important Dates to remember:
- Dec. 3, 2015 - Reduced Application Fees end 12:01 p.m. EST
- Dec. 15, 2015 - Final deadline - noon (12 p.m.) EST
Early deadline, noon (12 p.m.) EST December 3: If you submit your application and pay the required fee by noon (12 p.m.) EST December 3, the application fee is $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program. At 12:01 p.m. EST on December 3, the application fee increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program. The early deadline does not imply an early decision. You may continue to edit your application until the final deadline of noon (12 p.m.) EST December 15.
You may pay the fee by credit card. The credit card payment system is part of the online application, and instructions are given when you submit your application.
If you do not want to pay by credit card with the online application, you may pay by a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University. DO NOT SEND CASH. We expect all applicants to pay the application fee.
For answers to common questions regarding graduate admissions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
If your specific question is not addressed on the FAQ page, we are always happy to answer your questions by electronic mail. Send inquiries to: applygrad [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu (applygrad [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu.)
To apply for admission to doctoral programs within the School of Computer Science, read the following instructions carefully and make certain that you have met all requirements when you submit your application.
Complete the online application form for admission to graduate programs within the School of Computer Science. With the online SCS application form, you may apply to two Ph.D. programs, and/or the Masters programs offered by the Robotics Institute and the Language Technologies Institute. The online application must be completed and submitted electronically as instructed by noon (12:00pm) EST December 3 with a final deadline of December 15. Letters of recommendation must be requested and submitted electronically by noon (12:00pm) EST December 15.
All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and have scores. These scores no longer need to be sent via mail at the time of application. If you are accepted, we will give you instructions on where to send the scores. See individual program requirements for complete details. Please refer to the GRE testing schedule to determine test dates. No application will be considered complete until we have received these scores. GRE scores will not be accepted if more than five years old.
If your native language is not English, then you must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you are currently working on or have received a bachelors and/or a masters degree in the US and your native language is not English, the TOEFL is still required. These scores no longer need to be sent via mail at the time of application. If you are accepted, we will give you instructions on where to send the scores. A successful applicant will normally have a total iBT score of at least 100. We prefer that you take the TOEFL, but we will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Please upload your GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) to your application no later than December 15. Again, do not send any hard, official scores at time of application.
We understand ETS may have already sent your score, this is fine. Please do not ask us to check if the test score has been received. We will not look at any physically mailed GRE or TOEFL scores until you are admitted. Mailing your scores will in no way help your chances of acceptance. We will not file or mail back your test scores if they are sent.
Please note, we have made a big change for Fall 2016 Admissions! We no longer require mailed, hard versions of transcripts or test scores at the time of application. Do not mail anything to the admissions office. If you are accepted to a program, you will be given instruction to then mail your materials.
All electronic transcripts should be uploaded by the time you submit your application. If they are not uploaded by December 15, you will not have access to upload them and your application may not be considered. Since fall grades are not required, please upload your electronic transcripts as early as possible. Please note that electronic transcripts and test scores are not marked as received until you submit and pay your application. It may take several days or weeks to check the uploaded material, please allow time.
Submit your current Resume. Outline your education, research experience, work experience, publications, scholarships awarded, prizes and honors received, society memberships, and any other extracurricular activities.
Statement of Purpose
Submit a Statement of Purpose. 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. If you are applying to more than one program, you may (but are not required to) submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program. You must upload your Resume and Statement of Purpose in either PDF, MS Word, or text format. Include your name and User ID on the essay.
Notes for specific programs:
- Human-Computer Interaction applicants: Indicate your intended area of emphasis in the first paragraph of your Statement of Purpose. If appropriate to your background, you may include a link to your portfolio. If you are unable to provide a link, you may mail a CD of your portfolio to the Applications Coordinator. Contact applygrad [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu for mailing instructions.
- Software Engineering applicants: Concisely summarize your background in software development, experience with particular parts of the software life cycle, and how your industrial experience prepares you for graduate-level academic work. Submit this information in the Supplemental Information section under Experience (Research, Industry) in the online application.
- Computation, Organizations and Society applicants: Indicate your intended area in the first paragraph of your Statement of Purpose along with the name of a possible advisor. For those with industrial or government experience, please describe how this experience prepares you for graduate-level academic work. Submit this information in the Supplemental Information section under Experience (Research, Industry) in the online application. Applicants may also submit a short prior publication related to their research interests.
- Masters in Robotics System Development applicants: Please provide some background information on your academic/industrial career to date, and why/how that leads you to be interested in CMU's unique industry-oriented MRSD degree-program. In order to aid in our candidate evaluation it would be helpful for us to understand your career aspirations, how you see the mix of technical/management education in the MRSD-program assisting you in achieving these, and what you see yourself doing in 5 to 10 years after graduation.
- Masters in Computer Science applicants: Please discuss your purpose in pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science. For example, you might explain how advanced study in Computer Science fits into your future career ambitions. There are no right answers, and you do not need to have worked out your future plans in detail. We just want to see that you have thought your purpose through. If your background is unusual, this is also the right place to explain it to us.
Letters of Recommendation
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. With the online application, letters will be requested and submitted electronically. Paper recommendations will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation are due by December 15. All deadlines are final. Letters received after this date may not be considered in the review of your application.
Submitting the Application
Submit the online application, pay the non-refundable application fee, upload all of your official transcripts and test scores to the application itself. Do not send anything via mail at time of application.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required for one program and $50 for each additional program if submitted and paid by December 3. Between 12:01pm EST on December 3 and 11:59 pm on December 15 the application fee increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program. You may pay the fee by credit card. The credit card payment system is part of the online application, and instructions are given when you submit your application. If you do not want to pay by credit card with the online application, you may pay by a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University.
It is your responsibility to make certain that your application, supporting documents, and letters of recommendation are uploaded to your application for the by the final deadline. You may check your submitted application to make certain that it is complete.
We are always happy to answer your questions by electronic mail. Send inquiries to: applygrad [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu.