Carnegie Mellon University


If you know that Information Systems is the right path for you, the next step is to apply!

Students are admitted to Carnegie Mellon University's Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program in one of three ways:

Prospective Carnegie Mellon students may choose to apply by checking the box for Information Systems on the University application form.

For further details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Current Carnegie Mellon students in high academic standing may apply to transfer by the last day of classes of their second or third semester (see application for current deadline dates). If admitted, students will be declared as an IS major prior to the start of the following semester. If admitted, students will be declared as an IS major prior to the start of the following semester. All internal transfer students will be required to take 67-200: IS Research Colloquium during the first fall semester of their IS enrollment. For full details, see the undergraduate catalog and speak with an IS Academic Advisor.

*Note: Applications from students applying to the program during their fourth semester of study will be considered, but we cannot guarantee successful completion of the IS degree in their remaining four semesters. For this reason, we require these students to submit a sample plan demonstrating completion of all IS required courses and Dietrich General education courses required for graduation. 

Admission to the IS Program is competitive. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science with final grade of 'B' is required; a final grade of 'A' is preferred
  • Preferred, but not required: completion of 15-121 or 15-122, with a grade of 'B' or higher
  • Strong record of academic performance at Carnegie Mellon (minimum QPA of 3.5 required)
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages single spaced) on the following topic: In your personal statement, please describe how your academic and career goals relate to the Information Systems Program. Please discuss your previous experiences that have led you to pursue the IS major, and how IS aligns with your future goals and aspirations. You may also discuss any other IS related experiences (e.g. internships, course projects, research, co-curricular experiences, etc.) or relevant coursework.
  • Interview with an IS Academic Advisor: IS advisor appointments should be made with the appropriate advisor (based on student last name) via the links on the advising page and should be completed by the deadline set forth for the current semester.
  • Sample course plan through graduation (4th semester applicants only) When making your plan, we strongly recommend utilizing Stellic. The only Dietrich General Education course that will be waived is the Grand Challenge Seminar.

Application materials must be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the fall or spring semester. Students admitted into the IS Program will be officially declared in the semester following their application to the IS Program.

Students interested in applying for transfer to the Information Systems major should contact an IS Academic Advisor for information regarding availability, application procedures, and deadlines.

Interested students should follow the Transfer Admission Process through Carnegie Mellon's Office of Undergraduate Admission.