Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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International Students

Welcome! 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 from 115 countries, giving the univeristy one of the 10 most international student bodies, by percentage, among four-year U.S. institutions.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city of 300,000 people and home to a dynamic arts, cultural and technology community. 22 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.

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, are required to submit TOEFL either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The TOEFL code for Carnegie Mellon University is: 2074

Department code is: Humanities-Music 19

Minimum TOEFL Scores

MM or MS

AMS or AD

iBT:

Reading:

22

15

Listening:

22

17

Speaking:

18

17

Writing:

22

15

TOTAL:

84

64

Minimum IELTS scores

For MM or MS

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

For AMS or AD

Overall band score: 6

 

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 2018-2019

EXPENSE:

ESTIMATED COST:

Tuition MM/MS

$38,750

Tuition AMS

$9,900

Graduate Student Fees

$852

Living Expenses

$20,855

Books and Supplies

$2,212

Health Insurance

$2,340

TOTAL:

$26,259 + Tuition

 

 

WITH SPOUSE AND CHILDREN

 

Spouse

$8,472

One Child

$6,384

Each Additional Child

$4,176

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.

Documents should be mailed in one package to:

Director of Recruitment and Enrollment
School of Music CFA 108
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Attn: International

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.