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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 second preference.

During application review the admissions committee will assess your qualifications for both program choices. If you are deemed unqualified for your first-choice program, admission to your second choice will be considered. If you are considered unqualified for both of your selections, you still may be considered for another INI program you are deemed most qualified to enter.

The INI does not use a "formula" to rank applicants for acceptance. The list of requirements provided on the "How to Apply" page indicates the minimum recommended qualifications for admission consideration to any INI program. Further, in depth evaluation is undertaken during review of all completed/submitted applications in the chosen term of entry.

Yes, the INI does accept applications for spring semester admissions. Please visit our "How to Apply" page for more information.

Please note that with the College of Engineering's online application, you must submit a separate application to apply to different College of Engineering programs. Applicants who wish to apply to the INI and ECE for instance, must complete a separate application for each and pay a separate application fee as well.

The Information Networking Institute only administers the MSIN, MSIS, MSAIE-IS, MSIT-IS and MSMITE programs. 

For information on ECE graduate and doctoral programs, please contact ECE at

You may apply online. We do not accept paper applications. Please see the "How to Apply" page for more detailed instructions.

Students may submit their application by either the priority or final deadline. For an application to be considered submitted, the online portion must be submitted (which includes personal data, short answer questions, video and essay questions) as well as the payment. Supplemental materials (resume, test scores, letters of recommendations and transcripts) may be submitted after the deadline and/or after submission; however, it is important to note that applications cannot be reviewed until they are complete.  If they remain incomplete more than 2 weeks after the final deadline, it is most likely that they will not be reviewed.

If you are applying online, you must pay your application fee online with a credit card. 

No. All applicants are required to submit their recommendations via the online application. There will be no exceptions for any reason and no paper recommendations will be accepted.

If you are an applicant whose native language is not English, Proof of English Language Proficiency is required. Students may submit one of the following: TOEFL (including Best Score and At-Home Test), IELTS or Duolingo English Test that is current and can be reported officially through the testing website. 

TOEFL: use Carnegie Mellon ETS Institute Code #2074. A department code is not required because the INI does not require or accept paper reports. 

IELTS reports: The Test Report Form (TRF) number should be included when self-reporting test results. Please use the following address when ordering reports.

Carnegie Mellon University
College of Engineering
431 Hamerschlag Drive
Ansys Hall Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Duolingo English Test: select "CMU – College of Engineering"

We do not request or require GRE General Test scores and will not review them during the admissions process for Spring or Fall 2025.

The INI has no published minimum score requirements for the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English tests. Our most successful candidates demonstrate English proficiency with section scores of 25 and higher for the TOEFL, a total band score of 7.5 or higher for the IELTS, and above a 120 combined on the Duolingo English test. There is no assurance that you will be admitted if you exceed all of these scores due to all of the factors we evaluate, including other aspects of your academic record and the strength of the applicant pool in any given year. Additionally, scoring below these guidelines does not mean you will be rejected.
Students attending INI programs are not required to complete an internship, but may choose to do so as an optional elective course in the summer semester. Students who are F-1 visa holders must have earned their CPT work authorization benefit in order to pursue an off-campus internship in the U.S. See OIE guidance for qualifying for CPT.
The INI does not offer or manage any internship programs.

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.

All applicants are required to upload legible copies of "unofficial" transcripts and, if graduated, degree certificate in their application. All transcripts uploaded to your application are considered "Unofficial". Admitted students who accept enrollment will be provided formal instructions for how to submit official academic records.

This information is for internal INI use and is not tied to processing of the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019) which is managed by the Office of International Education (OIE), therefore; financial documents should not be uploaded or sent to the INI office.

The INI does not offer tuition waivers on request.

Tuition for INI programs is set in the spring by the College of Engineering. Please see the tuition page for fees assessed for the current class.

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 during the funding round which follows posting of admissions decisions. In general, students admitted to the program are responsible for the bulk of their tuition.

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 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program.

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