Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Eligibility & Documents Required for Admission

Note: The eligibility conditions differ by department, therefore check the department's website for particular information.
The documents needed for admission differ by department, however here are a few common ones:

  • list items Application for Graduate Students
  • list items Application fees
  • list items Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • list items TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo 
  • list items Even if no degree was awarded, a PDF of your most current transcript from each institution and/or university you attended.
  • list items Resume in PDF format.
  • list items Your Statement of Purpose – a one- or two-page essay outlining your principal research interests, associated experiences, and motivation for obtaining a masters degree in computer science.
  • list items At least two of the letters of recommendation must be from faculty or recent employers.
  • list items Additional Information (If applicable).
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    Admission Dates & Process

    Students can choose between Early Decision 1 or Early Decision 2. Early Decision 1 is for individuals who apply by November 1, whereas Early Decision 2 is for those who may decide after November 1 that Carnegie Mellon is their top option. 

    Early Decision 1

  • list items The deadline is November 1st.
  • list items By the 15th of December, you will have been notified.
  • list items Enrollment deadline is February 1st.
  • list items Acting, directing, dramaturgy, music theatre, and the School of Music do not provide Early Decision 1.
  • Deadline for Early Decision 2 is January 3rd.

  • list items By no later than February 1st, you will be notified.
  • list items Enrollment deadline is February 15th.
  • list items The Schools of Drama, Music, Design, and Art do not provide Early Decision 2.
  • The most common plan for students applying to Carnegie Mellon is Regular Decision. Students frequently apply Regular Decision to a number of colleges and then compare financial aid packages.

  • list items Regular Decision
  • list items The deadline is January 3rd.
  • list items By April 1st, you must have been notified.
  • list items Enrollment deadline is May 2nd.
  • Students can apply for admission using Carnegie Mellon University's online portal. They should have all of the necessary documentation on hand to avoid any problems when filling out the forms.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What address should I mail my transcripts and test results to?

    The candidate must go to the university's website and make sure that the transcripts are sent to the correct mailing address, and that test scores are sent to the correct department code.

    Can I apply to many courses?

    Of course. You must submit a different application for each course, taking into consideration the papers required for that course. Do not assume that you can utilize the same materials for all of your classes because requirements differ.

    When can I expect to hear back about my admissions application?

    Please keep monitoring the website for the most up-to-date information on admissions deadlines and programme start dates.