Carnegie Mellon University

Admissions Criteria

The Information Networking Institute's four master's degree programs provide robust, interdisciplinary experience and unique flexibility to build depth and breadth from coursework and research opportunities across four of Carnegie Mellon University's top-ranked colleges. 

Minimum qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale). 
  • Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Duolingo English Test that is no more than two years old is required for applicants whose native language is not English.

Successful applicants to the INI also typically have:

  • A technical background or academic exposure that supports advanced study in their area of interest.
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and programming skills. 
  • Effective communication and other interpersonal skills needed for success at the INI and beyond.

Components of Your Application

1. Online application

You will create an account and have unlimited access to perfect your application until you are ready to submit. 

2. Transcripts

As part of the online application, you will be asked to share details of your full academic history.  Be sure to list all schools of attendance and upload an unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended, regardless of whether you have obtained a degree.

Please do not mail your official transcripts; the INI will only request official (hard copy) records from admitted applicants who accept enrollment. 


3. Three letters of recommendation

The letters should be from faculty and/or recent employers who know you well and can speak to your technical abilities and quality of work. Letters may be submitted by your recommender(s) following the submission of your online application.

4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores

The INI is not accepting GRE General Test scores for Fall 2023 application cycle.

Please note: students will not have the option to upload scores to their application; should scores be received, they will not be included in the application review. 


5. Proof of English Proficiency (if applicable)

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, IELTS or Duolingo English Test that is no more than two years old. 

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

IELTS reports: we accept electronic IELTS scores only, using the physical address to confirm the right college/department. The address should be:

College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
250 Ansys Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

TOEFL: use Carnegie Mellon ETS Institute Code #2074 (department code not required)


6. Area of interest, short essays questions and video response

This section is an important aspect of your application, as it helps the admissions committee to understand your desire to attend the INI and what sets you apart from other applicants. In a variety of formats, you will be asked to provide descriptions of your most significant programming projects, in addition to your relevant technical coursework and leadership experience.

We encourage you to utilize this space to highlight your specific INI strengths and how your work, research, educational and other experiences have prepared you for graduate studies at the INI.

All students will be required to upload a short, 3-minute video response to a random question. There is no need to prepare for this portion in advance other than to ensure you have an active camera and microphone available. Using video allows students to supplement their written essays and "meet" the admissions committee in a new way.

7. Employment history and resume

You will be asked to share any industry experience, relevant internships and/or research experience, in addition to uploading a recent resume of no more than 2 pages. 


8. Financial support

You will be asked if you wish to be considered for financial support. Answering "Yes" to this question will enable us to consider you for funding. (Please note that your answer will have no impact on your admissions decision.) 

The INI offers students a variety of awards and funding assistance to ensure financial need is not a barrier for students who are passionate about becoming a leader in information networking, information security or mobile and IoT engineering. 

We recommend U.S. citizens to submit the FAFSA


9. Non-refundable application fee

Our preferred method of payment is by credit card as part of the online application.

  • Application Fee: $75

Application Deadlines

All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. ET on the dates below*

*Please note that the deadlines for upcoming admissions cycles are tentative and subject to change.

Spring 2023

The application deadline has past. The INI Fall 2023 application will open October 1.

Priority Application Deadline: August 1, 2022

Final Application Deadline: September 1, 2022

Fall 2023 - Opens Oct. 1, 2022

Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

Final Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

Accelerated Master's for CMU Undergraduates

Complete our interest form to learn more!

Note: the INI Accelerated Master's is available only to qualifying CMU undergraduates. All other applicants must apply through the regular admissions process.

Explore Our Programs

M.S. in Information Networking (MSIN)
M.S. in Information Security (MSIS)
M.S. in Mobile and IoT Engineering (MSMITE)M.S. in Information Technology-Information Security (MSIT-IS)

Accelerated Master's Learn more

Highly-qualified Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students are eligible to add a fifth year to a customized undergraduate curriculum to earn an INI's master's degree. We recommend undergraduates approach the INI to discuss the opportunity no later than two semesters before they complete their undergraduate degree.

Part-Time Program LEARN MORE

Consider enrolling part-time in our highly-acclaimed master’s programs, the M.S. in Information Networking, M.S. in Information Security or M.S. in Mobile and IoT Engineering, offered on-site at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus.


Statement of Assurance

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