Graduate Admissions FAQ-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Admissions FAQ

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.

Can I apply to the MSE graduate program if I don't have an undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering?

When is the deadline to apply for graduate studies?

Will you please review my documents and scores (CV, GRE, TOEFL, publications, and/or any unofficial admissions information) before I submit my online application?

May I defer payment of the application fee until after I am admitted?

What supporting documents should I mail in?

I have uploaded a copy of my transcripts directly into the application and sent a hard copy of my transcripts, why are they marked “unofficial”?

May the supporting documents be received after the application deadline?

Do my recommendations need to be from Professors? … in engineering or science?

May I ask my recommenders to mail in paper letters of recommendation instead of giving uploading the letter online? And is there special recommendation form to download?

What school/institution code should I use when requesting score reports from ETS? What is the department code for GRE and TOEFL?

What if I sent my GRE and/or TOEFL scores using a different department code? Should I resend?

How important are the GREs?

What are the minimum GRE scores required for admission?

Do I have to take the TOEFL exam? Can TOEFL be waived?

What are the minimum TOEFL scores required for admission?

Do you accept IELTS scores as an English proficiency test?

When checking my application status online, it states that my GRE and TOEFL scores have not yet been received. Why?

How important is the essay section of the application?

What is the status of my application?

What are my options if not admitted?