Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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International Students

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music has a highly competitive program with many talented students from all over the world. Nearly 35% of Carnegie Mellon students are international students, representing 115 countries around the world. The university ranks in the top 10 "Most International Student Bodies," by percentage among four-year U.S. institutions.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city of 300,000 people (over 2 million in the larger area) and home to a dynamic arts, cultural and technology community. Twenty members on the School of Music's faculty are members of the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Please carefully review the application and Audition/Portfolio Review Requirements for your intended program of study as well as the International Student information pages.

Undergraduate international applicants should carefully review the requirements outlined by the International Undergraduate Admissions Page If your native language is not English, Carnegie Mellon requires a TOEFL score of 102 or better with a minimum of 25 on each sub-section or an IELTS score of 7.5 or above.

TOEFL scores and supporting documents should be sent with your Common Application and should not be sent to the School of Music directly.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Office of International Education website for further questions.

As an international graduate student, you will need to complete the following items along with the online application and supporting documents outlined in Graduate Application Requirements.

Transcript Requirement: The School of Music prefers translated transcripts sent from SpanTran, World Education Service, or Educational Credential Evaluators.

Language Test Requirement: All students whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship or prior educational experience, are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or DuoLingo English Test score. All applicants must submit their highest single-test score by the December 1 application deadline. Please note: the School of Music only accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores. The School of Music will accept both in-person and at-home tests; please choose the safest available option to pursue.

Minimum TOEFL Scores

Please note: the School of Music only accepts TOEFL scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.

The TOEFL code for Carnegie Mellon University is: 2074
Department code is: Humanities-Music 19

MM -
Education

MM or MS

AMSC

 

Reading:

24

22

15

Listening:

22

22

17

Speaking:

20

18

17

Writing:

24

22

15

TOTAL:

90

84

64

 

Minimum IELTS scores

Please note: the School of Music only accepts IELTS scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.

For MM or MS
Overall band score:  7
No sub-score lower than: 6
Sub-score topics: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking 

For AMS
Overall band score: 6

Minimum Duolingo scores (NEW: 2020-2021)

Please use this link to access the exam: englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

For MM or MS
Overall score:  108
No sub-score lower than: 88
Sub-score topics: Literacy, Comprehension, Conversation, Production

For AMS
Overall score: 93

Please submit scores to "Carnegie Mellon University School of Music." 

 

Admitted International Students

IMPORTANT DATES:

April 15: Submit Intent to Enroll Form

May 1: Submit all other required materials:

  1. The International Student Information Form
  2. Affidavit of Financial Support along with original supporting financial documents
  3. Copy of passport identification page(s)
  4. Transfer in Form (if applicable)

REQUIRED FORMS:

After being accepted, you will receive the required forms. You must complete the following required forms in order to receive the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) from Carnegie Mellon.

  1. The International Student Information Form
  2. Affidavit of Financial Support along with original supporting financial documents (see examples)
  3. Copy of passport identification page(s)
  4. Students who currently hold F-1 or J-1 student immigration status from a school in the United States must also submit the Transfer in Form

Estimated Expenses for 2020-2021*

EXPENSE:

ESTIMATED COST:

Tuition MM/MS

$41,000

Tuition AMS

$9,900

Graduate Student Fees

$872

Living Expenses

$22,710

Books and Supplies

$2,212

Health Insurance

$3,021

TOTAL:

$28,815 + Tuition

 

 

WITH SPOUSE AND CHILDREN

 

Spouse

$9,492

One Child

$7,272

Each Additional Child

$4,428

*Estimated cost of attendance for 2021-22 will be available by December 2020. 

Document Financial Support

Please follow the instructions below to document financial support.

  1. Provide an official translation of documents (not in English)
  2. Attach these documents to your Affidavit of Financial Support
  3. Keep two original copies for yourself
    (They will be needed when applying for a student visa and/or during immigration)

The supporting financial documents must be:

  1. In English
  2. Original documents (NO copies, faxes or scans)
  3. No older than 6 months
  4. Include:
    1. Name of the account holder
    2. Amount of funding in U.S. dollar equivalent 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

50% of the value for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, certificates of deposit and similar investments can be counted. However, property and the proposed sale of property does not count as evidence of financial support. Chartered Accountant statements, life insurance policies and retirement accounts are not accepted by the Office of International Education.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Office of International Education website for further questions.

Please contact contact the Office of Recruitment & Enrollment by email at music-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu with any additional questions.