Admission to the Program-Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University

Admission to the Information Systems Program

Students are admitted into the Information Systems Program in three ways:

  • Direct admission when applying to Carnegie Mellon;
  • Internal transfer as a current student;
  • Admission as a transfer student to Carnegie Mellon from another institution.

Direct Admission:

Prospective Carnegie Mellon students may choose to apply by checking the box for Information Systems on the University application form. For further details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Internal Transfer:

Current Carnegie Mellon students who wish to study Information Systems must apply for transfer into the program (since it is not available as a second major or minor). For details regarding transferring into the Information Systems Program, please see the undergraduate catalog and speak with the Information Systems Academic Advisor.

Transfers into Information Systems will always be subject to availability of space in the major. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Strong record of academic performance at Carnegie Mellon (minimum QPA of 3.0)
  • Relevance and clarity of personal statement
  • Interviews with IS Academic Advisor and Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center (AAC) Advisors or Assistant Dean (AAC)
  • Relevance of courses completed to date
  • Completion of 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science with final grade of 'A' or 'B'
Application materials are submitted to the Academic Advising Center no later than the last day of classes of the fall or spring semester.


Applications for internal transfer are reviewed two times per year: at the end of the fall semester with decisions announced by the end of the second week in January, and at the end of spring semester with decisions announced by the end of the second week in June. 

Transfer from Another Institution:

Interested students should follow the Transfer Admission Process through Carnegie Mellon's Office of Undergraduate Admission.