Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I apply to more than one INI program?
In the online application you will be given the option of choosing a first choice program and a second choice program. Applicants should only submit one application that indicates a first preference and an optional second preference. Duplicate applications will be deleted.
During application reviews the admissions committee will consider your qualifications for the other INI program you've indicated. If you are not qualified for the program to which you've applied for your first choice, the INI will consider you for your second choice program.
Can you tell me my chances of being accepted into an INI program?
Competition is keen for admission to the INI. Application to our programs has consistently increased year after year. Admission is based on many factors including your academic record, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation, programming skills, and written and spoken English abilities. We also consider any work/internship experience, research experience, publications, your essay responses, and all other information you submit in your online application.
The INI does not use a "formula" to rank applicants for acceptance, and thus there is no magic number in terms of GRE scores, GPA, etc. that will guarantee admission. The list of minimum requirements provided on the How to Apply page provides guidelines for the basic qualifications needed to be considered for admission to the programs. Any further evaluation must be undertaken by the admissions committee once a full application is available for review.
Do you offer admissions for the spring semester? What is the deadline for spring admissions?
Can I use the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department application or other department applications to apply to the INI?
I have a question about ECE Graduate Programs, can you help me?
How can I submit my application?
What happens if I can’t complete my application by the deadline?
Incomplete applications will be reviewed in the second round. Seats in the second round are offered on a space availability basis. The majority of seats are offered in the first round.
Can I pay my application fee online?
If you are applying online, you must pay your application fee online with a credit card.
Can I submit my recommendations in hard copy?
I sent my GRE scores through ETS to the wrong department; do I need to resend my scores to the INI?
GRE scores may be retrieved from the Carnegie Mellon central database. However, if we are unable to retrieve your scores, you will be contacted and may need to send them again. Make sure to self-report your ETS scores; they will be verified in the system. You cannot upload your scores.
If you send your ETS scores to another department this may cause a delay in completing your application, so you are encouraged to use the GRE and TOEFL codes provided on the How to Apply page.
What is the department and institution code I should use to send my GREs through ETS?
Do I have to take the TOEFL if my undergraduate language was English?
Yes, all non-native English speakers are required to provide a test of their ESL skills by taking the iBTTOEFL (preferred), or the IELTS (if unable to take the TOEFL). See “How to Apply” for additional information on TOEFL requirements.The codes for reporting the TOEFL test are institution code 2074, no department code is required, but if one is needed to complete the ETS order, you may use department code 99.
If the applicant has never taken the TOEFL, the INI may consider waiving the test if sufficient ESL skill is proven. The waiver must be requested and formally approved. Applicants who do not obtain a formal waiver, will not be considered for admission. Contact the INI Admissions Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver.
The IELTS should be sent with an official cover sheet as verification of authenticity.
Do I have to take the GRE General Test? Can I substitute another test for it?
What are the minimum required GRE scores for admission?
What are the minimum required TOEFL/IELTS scores for admission?
Does the INI offer internship positions?
Does the INI offer TA or RA positions?
Students at the INI have the opportunity to get involved with the activities of other departments by assisting in courses as teaching assistants or working with faculty on research projects. These assignments typically offer compensation that is determined by the offering department. In addition, students with an interest in cybersecurity may have the opportunity to work on research projects through institutions, such as CyLab or CERT, that may also offer additional compensation.
Please note that the INI itself does not typically assist students in finding campus opportunities and will, on rare occasion, offer an RA position. TA appointments are determined by individual faculty members teaching those classes. INI students are allowed to apply for RA and TA positions, or any other student job on campus, while they are students at the INI. Students usually learn of many opportunities upon their arrival to campus in the first fall semester.
I’m having trouble getting my original transcripts; do I need to include originals with my application or will you accept copies?
All applicants are required to upload legible copies of their unofficial transcripts and degree certificate if they’ve graduated at the time they are applying. Hard copy official transcripts will only be requested of applicants who are admitted and accept enrollment. The INI will not accept hard copies of transcripts as part of the application. Documents sent to the INI without a specific request by the department will not be retained.
See the following website for information on submitting transcripts. Note that documents should only be submitted once requested by the department. Admitted applicants will generally receive a formal email request for official transcripts as part of the demonstration of Proof of Graduation--a condition of enrollment. Proof of Graduation emails are sent after admissions decisions are posted.
I’m an international student; do I have to include financial statements with my application?
Financial statements should not be uploaded to your application. To be considered for funding the INI requires that you answer “Yes” to the questions “Do you wish to be considered for funding,” and that you provide information about what funding you expect to use, either your own funds or those of a sponsor (family member, friend, funding organization, etc…). Do not name the INI as your sponsor. You may provide the funding information by answering the questions presented.
This information is for internal INI use and is not tied to the I-20, so financial documents should not be provided.
Does the INI offer tuition waivers?
How much is tuition?
How much financial assistance can I expect?
Most graduates entering the program receive some assistance in the form of a tuition scholarship. The amount of the assistance, if any, is determined by the admissions committee at the time of application review. In general, students admitted to the program are responsible for the bulk of their tuition.
The majority of students find funding either through family, personal loans, government programs, or educational funding organizations. U.S. citizens admitted to our security programs have several unique full scholarship opportunities funded by the U.S. government under the Scholarship for Service program and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Can I visit the INI?
Prospective students are welcome to visit the INI in Pittsburgh or Silicon Valley. Request a Tour and Information Session