Carnegie Mellon University

Applying to MS in EPP

External applicants can apply for the MS in EPP program using the online application.

Application Checklist

The application fee to the MS in EPP program is $75. Application fees can be paid by credit card using the EPP online application. Application fees are not able to be received by way of bank wire.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from both undergraduate institutions and any previous graduate work. For a transcript to be official, it must be sent to the EPP admissions office by the university where the studies were completed. If you are currently enrolled in a degree program that you have not completed at the time you submit your application, please submit your current transcript. An additional (final) transcript must be submitted upon completion of your work.

You may expedite the processing of your application by submitting an unofficial copy of your transcript to the admissions office. An unofficial transcript can be submitted by uploading an electronic copy through the Academic History submission option on the online application.

If you upload unofficial transcripts with your application, we will review it. However, if you are offered admission, you will need to produce official transcripts prior to enrollment.

Applicants for the EPP program must take the GRE general test (Graduate Record Examination test administered by ETS), and must request an official GRE score report to be mailed to the EPP graduate admissions office. For a score report to be official, it must be sent the EPP graduate admissions office by ETS.
The GRE codes for EPP are -- 1699 for the department and 2074 for the institution. 

Note: when selecting the Department Code, do not enter the number first. Type the NAME "Engineering" and scroll down to select "Engineering Other". 

You may expedite the processing of your application by submitting an unofficial copy of your GRE scores to the admissions office. An unofficial score report can be submitted with the application.

Because of the accelerated nature of the MS in EPP program, it is essential that students have a strong command of the English language. If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English, you must take the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by ETS), and must request an official TOEFL score report to be mailed to the ETIM graduate admissions office by ETS. 

The TOEFL code for EPP is 69 for the department and 2074 for the institution.
When prompted to choose a department, please choose “Graduate,” not “Graduate Management.”

To be successful at Carnegie Mellon, graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English need to begin their academic careers with a strong foundation in academic English and a high level of proficiency with speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. Academic work requires the ability to comprehend, process, and master complex materials presented in English, both in written and spoken form. Students need to have the fluency to communicate their ideas and questions to faculty, classmates, research partners, and others, in a learning environment that is often highly participatory and demanding. Studying in a new culture also requires openness and flexibility to adapt to a new, and often very different, academic system.
 
Students who have sufficient language skills to begin academic work can take advantage of training in advanced academic English and cultural skills provided by CMU’s Intercultural Communication Center (ICC). Students are strongly encouraged to attend an ICC Language Support Orientation session when they first arrive to better understand if language work is appropriate for their success.
 
For this reason, the program requires minimum TOEFL scores of (Total= 100: Reading= 25, Listening= 25, Speaking=25, Writing= 25) or IELTS scores of (Total 7: Reading= 6, Listening=6, Speaking=6, Writing=6). These minimum scores indicate that an applicant has the fundamental building blocks needed for academic tasks and for continued language development once in the program. Previous academic work in the US (or other English speaking countries) is not a sufficient reason to waive the TOEFL /IELTS requirement as this does not necessarily indicate a sufficient level of English mastery.

Though the TOEFL test is preferred, the EPP program will also accept the submission of official IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System).

You may expedite the processing of your application by submitting an unofficial copy of your TOEFL scores to the admissions office. An unofficial score report can be submitted with the application.

For international students only

If admitted, you will be required to submit an official document Carnegie Mellon's Office of International Education as proof of funding in order to obtain immigration paperwork.

Applicants to the MS in EPP program must submit an updated résumé describing the applicant’s educational and professional background.

Résumés can be submitted with the application.

The first two questions are required

  • What are your goals after you complete your degree, and how will our graduate program help you achieve your immediate and longer-term future career objectives
  • Describe how your work, research, educational or other life experiences have prepared you for graduate study in this program.
  • You may include any additional information for the admissions committee that is relevant to your application but not provided elsewhere either in the text box or the upload option below. There is no guarantee this information will be included in the admissions committee review. (Optional)

Three letters of recommendation are required to be submitted by applicants to the MS in EPP program. Letters are typically written by professors or work supervisors. At least one of your three recommendations must be from a professional experience and one from a professor at the educational institution last attended. 

For a letter of recommendation to be considered by the EPP graduate admissions committee, the recommender must complete a recommendation letter form. Letters of recommendation and recommendation letter forms can be submitted in the application.

Applicants may supply the admissions committee with any additional information relevant to his or her application. Additional documentation can be submitted by uploading to optional essay #3.