Carnegie Mellon University

There are two sections of our website that will help you find information about Carnegie Mellon University’s programs:

  • I am unsure which program is right for me:
    • The Guide to Graduate Degrees and Programs provides a college based list that will direct you to a short description of each program and links to the program websites for detailed information.
  • I know which program I will be applying to:
    • Our page of Department Contacts provides direct links to the college and program websites without any description.
This information varies by department, so be sure to visit the department website and look for specific details. Relevant information is often listed under Admissions, Prospective Students, and/or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Apply directly to the department/program for which you would like to be considered. Follow the directions provided on the department website.
This information varies by department, so be sure to visit the department website and look for specific details on application instructions. There is no central graduate school so make sure you use the appropriate departmental mailing address for transcripts and department codes for transmitting the test scores.
The departments do not assess a student’s qualifications until a full application has been received and processed. Some departments provide a few guidelines regarding the level of competitiveness. If provided, this would be found on the department website.
Most academic departments require standardized admissions exams. These will vary depending on the program, so pay special attention to application requirements for each program.
Contact the department(s) that you would like to visit.
Yes. Note that in most cases you will need to complete separate applications for each, so be sure to look closely at each program’s application requirements for any differences – do not assume that you can submit the exact same materials for each.
Information regarding tuition and fees is provided through the HUB and varies by college and/or program.
For the most part, students in the Master's programs are self-supporting and Ph.D. students are at least partially funded and encouraged to apply to fellowships as well. Each department manages their own graduate student funding. Applicants should seek information from the department of interest for their specific opportunities. Additional resources for financial assistance .
Check the department website – many departments have a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will address common issues. If the problem is not addressed on the website, contact the department directly.
Check the department website for an admission notification timeline or contact the department’s graduate program coordinator. Please note that during peak admission season, there may be a delay in response time.
Graduate housing is not provided by Carnegie Mellon. However, Pittsburgh has a variety of affordable housing options, friendly neighborhoods, and easily accessible public transportation. Housing resources
Once admitted, you will attend a number of orientations before the start of the semester.

University-wide Graduate Student Orientation:
  • FALL- two weeks before start date;   SPRING - Friday before start date
  • Information on campus resources and services available to graduate students from all programs and colleges
  • REGISTRATION opens one month before orientation
  • Questions should be directed to the Graduate Education Office

International Graduate Student Orientation:
  • Focuses on completing mandatory immigration check-in and immigration, adjustment and practical information to address the unique needs of international students
  • Required for international students
  • Registration is highly recommended. A link to the online registration will be available on the OIE website prior to the orientation. 
  • Questions should be directed to the Office of International Education

Your department orientation:
  • Schedule will vary by department
  • Questions should be directed to your department