Carnegie Mellon University

How to Apply

Graduate admissions at Carnegie Mellon are handled at the department level. Interested students apply to the Department of Chemistry directly.

A complete application must include all of the following:

  • Complete online application form
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose describing your previous research experience, research interests for Ph.D. work, and how you hope to pursue those interests at Carnegie Mellon. If possible, include the names of the faculty whose work most interests you.
  • Three letters of reference
    A letter from your current or previous research advisor is especially important. When you provide their names in your application, your references will receive an an email describing how they can submit their letter. See the FAQ for more information.
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Unofficial transcripts, from each of the colleges or universities attended, are required for the application review process and should be uploaded as a pdf. International students’ unofficial transcripts must also be translated into English with a GPA that has been calculated on a 4.0 scale. One source for this service is World Education Services.
    • Official transcripts from all universities attended will be required from admitted students before they will be eligible to enroll.
  • Tests
    • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General and Subject test scores
      Official copies sent directly from the College Board are required for admission.
      • You can still submit your application without the scores, but you must indicate when you will take the test.
      • The Chemistry Subject Test is strongly recommended for all applicants; you are at a competitive disadvantage without this score.
      • CODES: Institution 2074, Department 0301.
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) is required for students whose mother tongue is not English. An official score report should follow in order for your application to receive consideration.
      • CODES: Institution 2074, Department 62.
      • If TOEFL iBT is not available, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable as an alternative.
  • A non-refundable application fee of U.S. $75 must be paid by credit card (American Express, Mastercard, Visa) before your application will be thoroughly reviewed.
    • Application fee waivers will not be granted.
    • Checks and cash cannot be accepted.
  • You may upload 1-2 optional items at the time you submit your application.
    • Resumés
      We particularly encourage the submission of resumés or CVs. These are especially helpful with complete citations for publications (including titles of papers) and presentations (including where the presentation was given). You will be at a competitive disadvantage without a resumé or CV.

Questions can be directed to:

Valerie Bridge, Graduate Program Specialist, or (412) 268-3150.

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