All degrees offered at the Integrated Innovation Institute require the following components. Specific requirements for each campus are listed at the end of this list.
DecisionDesk Application Form & Non-Refundable Application Fee ($100)
The application fee can be paid by credit card through the online application.
Official College Transcripts
Official transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution, to be considered official. Please upload unofficial copies in your on-line application for the admissions committee to review. A final decision cannot be confirmed until after your official transcripts are received. If you are having difficulty obtaining official transcripts, please contact the Admissions Office for your program for an alternative official verification process using the original transcripts you were issued as a a student.
Transcript GPAs must be evaluated on a 4.0 GPA scale for the Admissions Committee to review. If your undergraduate or graduate institution did not calculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale, please contact World Education Service for an official transcript evaluation. The evaluated transcripts must be submitted directly from WES before the admissions committe will process your application.
GRE or GMAT Score Report
Applicants are required to take the GRE or GMAT exam and request an official GRE/GMAT score report be sent by ETS/GMAC directly to the Integrated Innovation Institute campuses. We also recommend that applicants upload an unofficial copy of these scores into their online application.
Pittsburgh/Brooklyn Campuses Codes:
- GRE: 0089
- GMAT: 69H-J7-31
Silicon Valley Campus Codes:
- GRE: 4024
- GMAT: 69H-Z3-42.
The minimum GRE scores for Carnegie Mellon University are: Verbal (400 or 146 for new scoring system); Quantitative (500 or 144 for new scoring system).
Software Management Part-time Applicants: You may petition to waive the GRE or GMAT requirement if you have already earned a qualifying graduate degree in the U.S. Waiver decisions are made by the admissions committee. If the waiver is approved, under certain circumstances we may require demonstration of necessary quantitative skills to succeed in the program.
TOEFL or IELTS Score Report
All applicants whose native language (mother tongue) is not English MUST provide TOEFL scores from tests taken within the last 1-3 years. Unofficial scores should be added to the online application and official copies sent directly to Carnegie Mellon.
- ETS Code: 5325
Silicon Valley campus
- ETS Code: 5759
We require a minimum iBT score of 95 (with no sub-score below 23) to be considered for admission. Minimum subscores for reading, listening, speaking and writing = 23
*Part-time only: Petitions for waiver may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee. Under certain circumstances we may require demonstration of necessary English communication skills to succeed in the program.
Applicants are required to submit a current resume in DecisionDesk describing their educational and professional background.
Degree Specific Requirements: Review the details below for more information about each of the following categories.
- Statement of Purpose/Essay Questions
- Letters of Recommendation
- Video Interview
Pittsburgh & Brooklyn Campus - Requirements
Please note that applicants are highly discouraged from completing multiple applications for the MII-PS degrees. Please complete the degree application for your priority campus (Pittsburgh or Brooklyn). You will have the option to notify the Admissions Committe of your interest in the alternate campus within the application process.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page document (1000 words or less) that answers the following questions:
- What are your reasons for applying to the MII-PS program at Carnegie Mellon University?
- How will your education, experiences and graduate training in the MII-PS program help you fulfill your professional goals?
- Why are you a great candidate for the program?
Letters of Recommendation (3)Applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation. Letters are typically submitted by professors, work supervisors, or mentors who you have studied with, worked for or partnered with and who know you, your skills, strengths, capabilities, etc... Recommenders can submit their letters through DecisionDesk or to us directly via email. Once you've created an application in the system you will be asked for the email addresses of your writers. DecisionDesk will take care of emailing each writer and later adding their letters to your application.
In addition to your personal statement, you may be required to complete a brief video interview through the DecisionDesk application process. These questions are designed to share more insight into your interest in product & service development with the Admissions Committee.
A portfolio is a body of supporting work representing recent professional, academic or personal projects. We require a portfolio from all applicants. (Applicants with business backgrounds may want to include business plans, marketing and/or branding projects as part of the portfolio process.) A strong portfolio includes a range of projects that best illustrates your skills, talents and interests demonstrating your problem solving abilities, visualization skills, and overall level of craftsmanship. Quality of work is more important than quantity. As a guide, highlighting work from 3-6 projects is sufficient.
Photographs, drawings, videos, and/or interactive presentations are all acceptable. For each piece submitted, include a brief description so we understand the project/challenge and the solution/deliverable. If you include collaborative work, make sure to identify your contributions.
The maximum number of images/media you can upload is 18. You are advised to edit thoughtfully – consider this a short narrative of your experiences but you want to share a complete story. We advise against uploading a multiple page PDF as one image. If you take this approach only the first image will be reviewed and considered.All materials must be submitted through DecisionDesk to be considered. External portfolio links will not be considered.
Silicon Valley Requirements
Additional requirements for the Software Management Program
Undergraduate degree & Software Development experience
- Undergraduate degree in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, information science, information systems, information technology, or a related field, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent; from an accredited institution [Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.], Higher Learning Commission or U.S. Dept. of Education). Some work experience preferred.
- Applicants should have experience in hands-on software development, including knowledge of data structures and an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java. Experience can be from industry or academia.
Two letters of recommendation
We prefer letters of recommendation come from an individual who can offer insight into your performance outside of the classroom environment. Wor experience, project experience, team work, leadership skills, etc.
In addition to your application materials, you may be asked to conduct a video interview for the admissions committee. The video interview gives the admissions committee an opportunity to learn more about you beyond the written materials you have provided in your application. Specifically, the interview enables the admissions committee to learn more about your communication and interpersonal skills, background, education, and professional goals.
Information for Re-Applicants
In some cases, students choose to reapply. We allow for a reapplication within one year of the original application term. We will retain your original application on file, and any components you submitted previously, including your transcripts, GRE or GMAT test scores, and recommendation letters. As a re-applicant, you will need to submit the following:
- An updated application
- One additional letter of recommendation
- Any new test score reports for the GRE or GMAT
- Any new transcripts for classes or degrees you may have received
- An updated resume
The application fee is waived for re-applicants. Please keep in mind that, in general, the quality of the applicant pool increases each year, so it will be to your advantage to update your application with your most recent accomplishments.