Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Application

Ready to Apply?

All applications are submitted online through the CMU College of Engineering.

Once you've created your account, the system will email you a PIN. This PIN, along with your password, allows you to save your application over several sessions. Within your account, you can monitor the status of your application and view your admission decision.

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15
Fall: January 5

What To Include in Your Application

Your Application Will Include:

  • Application fee of $75USD
  • The online application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be requested upon admission)
  • Essay Questions
  • CV/Resume
  • GRE test scores – please have scores sent directly to CMU by ETS.

Your official GRE and TOEFL scores from ETS and IELTS scores are the only hard copy documents that should be mailed to the Admissions Office. Please DO NOT mail any other paper documents to the CEE Graduate Admissions Office such as a resume/CV, publications, official transcripts, financial documents, or certificates as they will not be included in your file for review by the admissions committee. 

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

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

Test Reporting

  • Institution/School Code: 2074
  • GRE Department Code: 1102
  • TOEFL Department Code: 65

TOEFL minimum acceptable score is 84


Please contact your IELTS testing center and request that your scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. An institutional code is NOT required but test scores should be directed to Carnegie Mellon University – Civil and Environmental Engineering. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

IELTS minimum acceptable score is 7.0

Non-Native English Speaker Applicant Information

If your native language is not English then you will be required to take a TOFEL or IELTS exam to test your english proficency. These scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agency.

If you attended and completed a four-year undergraduate degree at a university or college within the United States, you may be able to be granted a testing waiver. Please contact our graduate admissions office for information about testing waivers.

  • TOEFL minimum acceptable score is 84
  • IELTS minimum acceptable score is 7.0

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 branches of engineering, science and information technology.

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 on-line application.