Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently asked Questions about MSE application process

NOTE: There is NO paper application available for submission. 
The entire process is completed online except the submission of your official transcripts, GRE and TOEFL test scores
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Yes, we accept students from other science and engineering disciplines to our graduate programs. We have had students from chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, and other engineering disciplines enroll in our graduate programs.

Application submission cycles open and close as follows:

Fall Term of Entry
    Ph.D.:  October 1 – December 15
    M.S.:    October 1 – January 15

Spring Term of Entry
     Ph.D.:  July 1 – September 26

The Admission’s office does not prescreen any application materials prior to the submission of your application. Also, the office will not advise applicants to whether they should or should not submit an application.

The nonrefundable application fee is required for us to process your application. We cannot waive or defer the fee.

Your transcripts, statement of purpose, affidavit of support (if applicable) and resume should be uploaded into the application, so it is not necessary to mail in these materials. You should request ETS to send official GRE and TOEFL score reports directly to the department -- this is the only supporting document that needs to be mailed. We encourage letters of recommendation to be uploaded by your provider via the ApplyYourself online application.

The Admissions Committee will review the unofficial transcripts that have been uploaded directly. Since the unofficial transcripts are already available, the Admissions Office will not rescan and re-upload as part of your application at this time. It is not necessary to mail in a hard copy of your transcripts until you have been requested to do so.

Yes, it is acceptable for your letters of recommendation and GRE and TOEFL score reports to arrive after the application deadline. Receipt of these reports a week or two after the deadline will not affect your chances of being admitted.

The most informative recommendations are written by those for whom you have done technical work or research similar to the type you will do as a graduate student in our program. Most often, this will be a professor in engineering or science with whom you have taken a course with a significant project component, an undergraduate (or MS) thesis advisor, etc. It may also be a professor in the social sciences or humanities. Supervisors or even co-workers in current or recent jobs are also often able to provide useful insights; however, we may be less likely to know them. Depending on how long it has been since you have been out of school, some combination of one or two (usually two) professors and one or two work supervisors (usually one) is the most common choice. Recommendations from people with whom you have not worked are generally not considered informative.

In order to sufficiently process your application, the Admissions Office suggests applicants request the provider submit the letter of recommendation online. Paper letters that are mailed in will delay the processing of application materials.  Since it is recommended that all letters be submitted online, there are no forms to submit with the letter.

TOEFL iBT Reading TOEFL iBT Listening TOEFL iBT Speaking TOEFL iBT Writing TOEFL iBT Total IELTS Band Score DuoLingo
22 22 18 22 84 6.5 105

The school/institution code is 2074
The GRE department code is 1402
The TOEFL department code is 73

As an applicant, an English proficiency exam is required for non-native English speakers. The department accepts TOEFL, IELTS and DuoLingo scores (must be sent electronically to the university from the company).  Applicants who are non-native English speakers can receive a requirement waiver if they have or will complete a four-year undergraduate program at a university within the United States before the start of the first term they are enrolled.

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The essay section is important and several faculty members read every word of it during the admissions process. It should be thoughtful, informative and written in crisp, clear English. It should show that you have thought about what you want to accomplish in graduate school, and why MSE is a place you believe would enable you to meet your objectives. Demonstrate that you are familiar with the program and specific research areas or projects that might interest you, but do not, however, copy whole sections of our catalogue or faculty bios, web pages, etc. into your statement of purpose. Suggest a few possible projects that might interest you, but do not limit yourself to a single, narrowly defined project.
Please sign into your graduate application to check the status. This site is updated when material is received and decisions are made, so please feel free to check your status frequently during peak admission season. 

Your completed application may be reconsidered for the next concurrent semester after your original application semester. If you would like your application to be reconsidered, send email to matsci@andrew.cmu.edu  stating your intentions. You may also send additional information if you wish; for instance, additional transcripts from other schools you may attend prior to admissions.