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 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.
Can you tell me my chances of being accepted into an INI program?
The INI does not use a "formula" to rank applicants for acceptance. The list of requirements provided on the "Guide to Applying" 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.
Do you offer admissions for the spring semester?
Yes, the INI does accept applications for spring semester admissions. Please visit our Guide to Applying page for more information.
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?
For information on ECE graduate and doctoral programs, please contact ECE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I submit my application?
What happens if I can’t complete my application by the deadline?
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.
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?
Do I have to take the TOEFL if my undergraduate language was English?
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"
Do I have to take the GRE General Test?
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the lack of available testing, the INI is not accepting GRE General Test scores for the Fall 2024 application cycles.
What are the minimum required English Language Proficiency 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 "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.
I'm an international student; do I have to include financial documentation with my application?
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.
Does the INI offer tuition waivers?
How much is tuition?
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.
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 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.
Can I visit the INI?
INI is happy to welcome visitors in-person, schedule a visit here.