Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R).
In what language are classes conducted?
Do I have to pay the application fee?
No. The application fee is waived for all applicants and you can submit your application without paying this fee.
Is there an undergraduate program of study that is most suitable for admission to MSIT / MSECE at Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda?
Students with university education in any discipline are encouraged to apply. MSIT / MSECE requires individuals with strong skills in programming and in the English language. All undergraduate programs are treated equally in the evaluation process.
Does the Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda accept applications to the first year of the MSIT/MSECE Program from students who are currently in their final year of undergraduate studies?
Yes, it does. Upload transcripts of all your previous semesters.
Do I have to upload recommendation letters to my application?
No . You simply need to input contact details of your referees in the designated section of your application.
Getting my transcripts officially notarized is a long process and I’m afraid I won’t make the deadline?
You can upload unofficial transcripts with your application.
Are international students who are not Rwandan citizens or East African Residents eligible to apply?
Yes. International students are encouraged to apply, this is a Pan African program.
Why is CMU-R offering only graduate degrees?
The Government of Rwanda (GoR) approached CMU specifically to offer a graduate program. CMU-R is admittedly focusing on only one portion of the significant educational needs in Rwanda and East Africa. CMU-R is addressing the need for highly-trained individuals to be leaders and innovators in the emerging information and communication technology (ICT) industry. CMU-R's objective is to graduate students ready for the business world to support the economic development of the region. That need requires graduate-level education.
We believe CMU can play an important and distinct role in addressing this particular need, while other initiatives are addressing education and skills shortages at other levels. In addition to offering our master's degree programs, CMU is working with the Government of Rwanda to develop programs in practical training and executive education, and we anticipate that our students and faculty will be involved in educational initiatives at all levels.
I found a really good statement of purpose online. Can I use this to start my statement of purpose?
Absolutely not. Every application is checked for plagiarism. Applications that are found to have copied from others are rejected without further consideration. The online application gives detailed instructions to help guide you write a good statement of purpose.
I haven’t sat for my GRE and TOEFL/IELTS, so I don’t have the scores. Can I submit my application without these?
Yes. You do not need to have your GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores to submit your application. If you pass the first few steps of the admission process CMU-R will help you register for these exams and will cover the cost of these exams for you.
How does the education at CMU-R compare with the education on CMU's main campus?
CMU-R adheres to the same standards used at CMU'S main campus, which have given CMU a repuatation as a global thought leader with excellence in education and research. Course credits earned at CMU-R are fully transferable to CMU's main campus and vice-versa. The same academic faculty recruitment criteria used on the main campus applies to the faculty recruited for CMU-R. Academics recruited by Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda spend two semesters at CMU's main campus prior to coming to CMU-R to ensure that they transfer the CMU DNA to the new university in Rwanda. CMU-R delivers programs that are built upon a foundation of problem-solving based learning and interdisciplinary education similar to those delivered at CMU's main campus. While many of the courses are the same, their content is adapted to solving regional problems and addressing local culture and needs.
Are there quotas for how many graduate applicants are accepted?
No. There are no quotas of any kind. The most competitive of all applicants are offered admission to the program, regardless of academic level.
Why should students apply to CMU-R rather than to CMU in Pittsburgh?
CMU-R delivers the same quality of education and the same degree certificate as the main campus. However, while delivering a similar curriculum, CMU-R adapts its curriculum to regional problems and needs. As a consequence, students graduating from CMU-R acquire ICT expertise that is more directly relevant to emerging markets, making it easier for them to directly contribute to the local economy.
Students at CMU-R do not have to pay for travel to the United States or for the high living cost of an expensive area.
In addition, CMU-R students may benefit from scholarships and financial aid that are not available in the United States.
CMU-R collaborates with the Government of Rwanda for the development of an Innovation Incubator to help students graduating from CMU-R interested in starting their own business. In addition, CMU-R's campus life provides students with opportunities, activities, and services that enhance the student learning experience. The campus integration with the Rwandan Techonopole offers students networking opportunities with ICT professionals from the region. CMU-R students are required to perform an internship in regional enterprises, which should help them find employment after their graduation.
Are there opportunities for students to study in the United States?
Our best students are fully funded to spend a semester at our main campus in Pittsburgh. In addition any other CMU-R student who can self fund can spend a semester in Pittsburgh.
It is possible to take distance learning and online couses from Pittsburgh on topics not available in Kigali. Course credits earned at CMU's main campus are fully transferable to CMU-R.
What information is there for your under construction campus?
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is providing funds for the development and the building of the campus for the ICT Centre of Excellence, which will include the CMU-R program.
The new campus will be in the Bumbogo neighborhood near the new Free Trade Zone and will be integrated in the future Technopole (or ICT Park). Further details on the campus are available.
Are you collaborating with other universities?
We collaborate with other universities to promote our master's programs to their graduating students. We also share information about our programs with their academic authorities to coordinate our ICT curriculum with theirs, which ensure the development of a complete and complementary set of ICT skills in the country.
The cost of tuition is high compared with other universities in Africa. Why?
CMU-R is delivering the same quality of education in Kigali as it does on its main campus. Students obtain exactly the same CMU master's diploma. Therefore, the cost of tuition should not be compared with the cost at other universities in Africa, but rather with the tuition of other highly ranked universities in the U.S.
Each year, over 200,000 young Africans leave the continent in search of higher quality education in the Western world. These are often the best students from Africa, and they obtain scholarships from their governments and other organizations to support their studies. Now, they can stay in Africa and obtain that same support and quality of education at CMU-R.
Additionally, students studying at the CMU-R campus can now benefit from a combination of assistance from CMU and the Government of Rwanda which has made the effective tuition lower. Further details can be found in our Tuition and Costs section.