Carnegie Mellon University

Ready to Apply?

To apply, please complete the online application process via the CMU College of Engineering website. After creating your account, you will receive a PIN via email. This PIN, combined with your password, enables you to save your application progress and continue at a later time. Through your account, you can track the status of your application and access your admission decision.

Fall Semester

Master's Program

Application Open: October 1st
Priority Deadline: January 5th
Final Application Deadline: January 31

PhD Program

Application Open: October 1st
Final Application Deadline: December 15th

Spring Semester

Master's and PhD Programs

Application Open: July 1st
Final Application Deadline: August 31st

What To Include in Your Application

Your Application Will Include:

Application fee of $75
Online application form
Three letters of recommendation
Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be requested upon enrollment)
Essay Questions

If you have publications that you would like the admissions committee to review, please link to them in your online resume.

What Not to Include:

Please DO NOT mail any paper documents to the CEE Graduate Admissions Office, such as a resume/CV, test scores, publications, official transcripts, financial documents, or certificates as they will not be included in your file for review by the admissions committee. 

Any additional hard copy material mailed to the CEE Graduate Admissions Office will be discarded.

Non-Native English Speaker Applicant Information

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by taking either the TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS exam. Please arrange for the official test scores to be sent directly to us from the respective testing agency.

If you have previously earned a degree from a U.S. institution, you may submit an older version of your TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS scores for consideration. Contact our graduate admissions office for questions about qualifications. 

Test Reporting


Institution/School Code: 2074
TOEFL Department Code: 65
TOEFL minimum acceptable score is 84


An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact your IELTS testing center and request that your scores be sent to:

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
431 Hamerschlag Drive
ANSYS Hall Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

IELTS minimum acceptable score is 7.0

Duolingo English Test 

In addition to TOEFL and IELTS, we will now accept the online Duolingo English Test for applicants for whom English was not their native language. These tests include a proficiency composite score, section subscores, video interviews, and a writing sample. Test scores should be reported to: Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Duolingo minimum acceptable score is 105

GRE Currently, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is not considering any GRE scores during the application review process. Please note that this policy applies solely to CEE admissions requirements. If you are planning to apply to multiple departments at Carnegie Mellon, we recommend reaching out to those departments individually to inquire about their specific application requirements.

Students with a Degree Outside of Engineering

While many of our incoming students have a degree in Civil Engineering, we have admitted individuals with backgrounds in various engineering, science, and information technology branches.

Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the graduate program in CEE and must have completed a set of basic mathematics and science courses.

You will be asked to upload a completed Course Audit Form with your online application.

Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.