Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

Frequently Asked Questions 


Step by Step - Application Overview

You can apply to a single certificate, directly into the master’s degree, or start with a certificate and apply for the full master’s degree at a later date.

Learn more on the Admissions page.

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the purpose of rendering an admission decision. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Official transcripts will be requested upon enrollment, which may be submitted the following ways:
1.      Mailing directly to the Integrated Innovation Institute's Pittsburgh address.
2.      Sending electronically via an official parchment service (e.g. When using these services, please send to
3.      Via a credential evaluation service - Required for certain transcripts*

Applicants whose native language (mother tongue) is not English must provide a valid English proficiency score including TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. We require a minimum score of 95 for IBT on the TOEFL (with no sub-score below a 23), and a minimum score of 6.5 for IELTS, and a minimum score of 105 on DuoLingo.


Institution Code: 2074

Department Code: 99 (Other)


We accept electronic IELTS scores only, using the physical address to confirm the right college/department. 

Please contact your IELTS testing center and request that your scores be sent to:

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering

431 Hamerschlag Drive

ANSYS Hall Suite 250

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

United States

Duolingo English Test

Select "CMU – College of Engineering"

Waiver: You may petition for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver if you have completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or if you are applying to the part-time program and have previous English-language work experience. For more information, please email us.

When applying to the MIIPS Online degree, please include 
your most recent professional resume or curriculum vitae.
When applying to the MIIPS Online degree, please include three professional and/or academic references. Each reference will automatically be emailed a link to submit a letter of recommendation directly to our online system. 

When applying to the MIIPS Online degree, the video platform gives our admissions committee the opportunity to learn more about you beyond the written materials you have provided. You required to answer one question; the questions are randomized and are not something that you should prepare for.

When applying to the MIIPS Online degree, the portfolio is an opportunity to tell us your story. Showcase three to six projects that best illustrate your skills, talents, and interests. Your examples should speak to your problem-solving abilities, visualization skills, and overall level of craftsmanship.  In each project, please briefly describe and summarize your contributions.

We accept photographs, drawings, or interactive presentations. Please submit your portfolio in our online application system as a PDF (Max: 20 pages).

Additional Admissions Resources

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until approximately one month before start of classes.

Check upcoming deadlines

Classes are offered to start your certificate or degree each semester - fall, spring or summer.


Starting in fall 2021, the GRE/GMAT will be optional for iii applications. For those who have not taken the GRE, the weight of components considered in the review process will be redistributed among all submitted materials. In short - YES the GRE is really optional.
If you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to add strong scores to support your application. Please send your scores directly from ETS or GMAT using the following codes:


Institution Code: 2074 
Department Code: 1699 (Engineering – Other)


You can only send GMAT scores by mail. When sending, use the following codes:

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (MIIPS)  69H-J7-31
Master of Science in Software Management 69H-J7-56
Master of Science in Technology Ventures 69H-J7-33

The average scores of our accepted applicants for the GRE are Quantitative: 159, Verbal: 155, and Analytical Writing: 3.5. The average score for GMAT is 600.

There is no prerequisite background, undergraduate degree, or work experience to enroll. The minimum requirement is that applicants have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Eligibility criteria for enrollment in certificate programs are determined by individual schools and colleges, however, the following groups generally should not apply to become certificate students:

  • Students on or facing academic or disciplinary action.
  • CMU undergraduate applicants for the current or upcoming academic year.
  • International students who do not already have a valid visa to study in the United States (Carnegie Mellon, unfortunately, is not able to issue student immigration documents to certificate students).
  • Prospective graduate applicants for the current or upcoming academic year should consult with their intended graduate program before applying to a certificate program.

Academics / Student Experience

Yes, students earn 20 units of graduate-level credit per certificate upon completion.
Due to the specific curriculum design for our online and residential degree formats, it is not possible to switch from MIIPS Online Degree to residential or vice versa.
Certificates may be taken in any order except the final capstone course.

Each certificate is comprised of two courses. You can complete Course 1 and 2 simultaneously or sequentially. If taken sequentially, Course 1 of a certificate must be taken before Course 2.

Students typically complete a single certificate in one academic term, which requires 20 hours of work per week. Certificates can be extended to two academic terms by taking half of the certificate or one course per term which requires 10 hours of work per week.

Students typically complete the full online MIIPS master’s degree in a part-time capacity which requires approximately 20 hours per week over five terms. However students can also complete the program at an accelerated full-time pace which requires approximately 40 hours per week over three terms or at an extended pace which requires approximately 10 hours per week over nine terms.

Upon completing a certificate, you will have access to iii department alum resources, including virtual events and our private LinkedIn Group. Please note that completion of a certificate(s) does not confer alumni status with the university. You will, of course, always be a welcomed member of the iii community!

Each course meets synchronously for live online classes every other week for 90 minutes. Outside of scheduled class sessions, there might be the need for synchronous team meetings or projects throughout the week. Other work for the courses can be completed asynchronously on your own time.
iii Online Certificates incorporate a balanced combination of live online and remote work. Remote work  will have deadlines but can be completed at your own pace. Live online work will include live zoom class to be held once every other week in the evening 8-9:30 pm Eastern time.
Certificates of completion are electronic and provided by a third party vendor.

Students enrolled in professional programs at CMU are primarily self-funded. The MIIPS Online Degree and iii Online Certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid loans.

Learn more about options here

Tuition for 2021-2022 Academic Year
  • iii Online Certificate - $10,157
  • MIIPS Online Degree - $51,800


Students in the MIIPS Online or residential degree program will earn the same degree. Your diploma will state: Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services.