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Minimum Qualifications

Required:
  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or another related technical field
  • Undergraduate coursework in data structures and computer programming
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) 
  • GRE General Test no more than five years old (Neither the GMAT or the GRE Subject Test is accepted.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS, no more than two years old, is required for applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English
Preferred:
  • Experience programming both in C and an object-oriented programming language (C++ or Java)
  • MSIT (only): two or more years of relevant work experience.

Application Submission Package and Details

To be considered for admission, applicants must complete and submit an application to the Information Networking Institute no later than December 31 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time). Applications completed after December 31 will be considered on a space-available basis. 

You must submit the following documents in your application submission package:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
      • All applications and recommendations must be submitted online.
      • ETS reports (GRE and TOEFL) must be submitted through ETS only. 
      • Academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, proof of graduation, i.e., degree or provisional certificates and/or diploma) should only be uploaded as unofficial documents to the online application. The INI will only request official (hard copy) records from admitted applicants who accept enrollment. Any academic records sent to the INI without a formal request will be discarded. Failure to list all colleges/universities attended may result in an offer of admission being rescinded. Please contact the INI Admissions staff prior to submitting your application if you have any questions about listing any colleges/universities/or other educational programs attended.
      • Applicants must answer “Yes” or “No” to the statement “If funding is available through your program, please indicate if you wish to be considered.” Academic records submitted to the INI before a formal request is made may be discarded. Choosing “Yes” will not affect a decision on admission nor will it affect the eligibility for funding. The purpose of the question is to determine which admitted applicants to consider for funding. Applicants must also identify any source of funding they currently have or plan to request.
  2. All unofficial transcripts
    • Must be uploaded to the online application
    • Applicants should not upload WES reports; they are not accepted unless requested and will be deleted if uploaded.
    • Admitted applicants who accept enrollment must be prepared to show Proof of Graduation from their undergraduate program. Proof of graduation includes final official transcripts or mark sheets and a quality photocopy of a provisional certificate, certificate of graduation and/or degree certificate, and/or a diploma.  Failure to provide these documents in the manner requested or at all, or failure to graduate will result in termination of enrollment.
      • Upload transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels, whether or not you earned a degree from that college or university.
      • All transcripts, mark sheets, and degree certificates that are written in foreign languages must be submitted in the original language and an English translation. 
      • Applicants who have not completed their undergraduate program may apply; however, transcripts must show at least six (6) completed semesters.
    • See current instructions for submitting Proof of Graduation; note that instructions may change based on altered policies of the schools or department of education in the student’s home country. Academic records submitted to the INI before a formal request is made will be discarded. Formal notice will be sent by email following the posting of admissions decisions.
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation (online only)
    • At least two of these should be from faculty or recent employers
    • People who recommend you should know you well and be able to evaluate the quality of your work. 
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
    • The GRE is required; neither the GMAT or GRE Subject Test are accepted for review. Applications will not be considered [if test scores are not reported in the online application. Scores will be verified by the INI Admissions Team. GRE scores will not be accepted if they are more than five years old. 
    • To submit your GRE test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), use the following institution code, #2074 (Carnegie Mellon U). There is no need to submit a department code. The 2074 code will make the test available to any department at the Pittsburgh campus.
    • To ensure the GRE scores reach the INI office before the application deadline, applicants should take the test no later than October.
  5. (If applicable) Official TOEFL scores 
    • If you are an applicant whose native language/mother tongue is not English, the TOEFL is required. The INI will accept the PBT (paper-based test) scores if the Internet-based test (iBT) is not offered in the applicant's country. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test will also be accepted to demonstrate ESL proficiency.
    • To submit your TOEFL test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) use the following codes: Institution #2074, Department (no department is required, but you may use 99 "unspecified department" if necessary).
    • If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS previously, you must submit a copy. If you have not previously taken one of those tests, you may request a waiver from taking it, but note that such waivers are rarely granted. 
    • Non-native English speakers who fail to take the ibTTOEFL or IELTS may not be reviewed for possible admission if these test results are missing from their completed application and a waiver of the tests hasn't been formally granted by the INI. 
    • Waiver requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are granted solely by the admissions committee. Contact the INI with any questions regarding waiver eligibility or requests, ini@cmu.edu. It is recommended such requests be submitted no later than October to leave time to take the TOEFL or IELTS if the waiver request isn't approved. Waiver requests submitted after October may be rejected without review.
    • When submitting IELTS reports, please use the following address*:
      Carnegie Mellon University
      College of Engineering
      5000 Forbes Avenue
      119 Porter Hall
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213

      *This address is only to be used for reporting the IELTS 
  6. Essay and Area of Interest questions
    • Responses must be typed out online. Failure to provide a complete response to any essay or area of interest question will be considered a failure to complete the application; such applications will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for possible admission.
    • Certificates obtained by the applicant should be listed in your resumeResearch project(s) should be addressed in the essay section of the application. Links to research projects may be provided in the essay.
  7. A non-refundable application fee of $75
    • Payments may be submitted by credit card online. The application fee will be increased by $25 two weeks prior to the deadline; therefore, early submission of applications is encouraged. There will be an announcement posted to all applicants prior to the increase.
  8. Do not mail official transcripts until requested by the INI.
    Transcripts will only be requested from admitted applicants who accept the enrollment offer.
    • Applicants are encouraged to send transcripts, mark sheets by courier (UPS, FedEX, DHL or other carriers) for tracking purposes and so receipt by the INI can be confirmed. Documents sent by regular postal service cannot be tracked if lost or misdirected and must be sent again.
    • Direct Mail to the INI Office:
      Information Networking Institute 
      Admissions Committee
      Carnegie Mellon University 
      4616 Henry St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 
      USA
      *If using a courier service, include the INI main number, (412) 268-7195.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline with a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.0 or equivalent 
    • Students who wish to study at Silicon Valley during their time in the U.S. are required to have a bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, or a related field.
  • Successful completion of introductory-level undergraduate computer science or information technology course
    • This may be compensated by appropriate professional/industrial experience, as judged by the admissions committee.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability, including successful completion of undergraduate probability or statistics courses
    • This may be compensated by appropriate professional/industrial experience, as judged by the admissions committee.
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers

Application Submission Package and Details

To apply for admission to the Kobe MSIT-IS program, applicants must complete and submit an application and fee to both the Information Networking Institute and the University of Hyogo (UH), https://www.ai.u-hyogo.ac.jp/english/entrance/index.html. The application to the single-degree program will be only be opened based on space availability following dual-degree admissions.

To be considered for admission for the INI segment of the dual-degree program, applicants must submit the documents listed below using the INI on-line application. For the application to the University of Hyogo (UH) segment of the dual-degree, applicants must complete the instructions provided on the UH website. Any questions about the UH application must be directed to that institution; the INI cannot provide guidance on their process. 

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
    • All application materials and recommendations must be submitted online.
    • Applicants should not upload WES reports; they are not accepted unless requested and will be deleted if uploaded.
    • Admitted applicants who accept enrollment must be able to provide Proof of Graduation from their undergraduate program; this is a condition of enrollment. Enrollment may be revoked if proof that an undergraduate degree has been awarded is not provided prior to the term of entry. Proof of graduation should only be submitted upon request by the INI. Instructions for submitting can be found at the following link. Instructions vary from country to country.
    • ETS reports--GRE General Test and TOEFL--may only be submitted through ETS. Applicants should enter their test date, registration number, self-reported scores in their online application. Verification will be completed by the department.
  2. All unofficial transcripts 
    • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. Upload transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels, whether or not you earned a degree from that college or university.
    • All transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates written in foreign languages must be submitted in the original language and an English translation.
    • Applicants who have not completed their undergraduate program may apply; however, transcripts must show at least six (6) completed semesters.
    • If admitted and enrollment is accepted, proof of graduation must be submitted no later than the end of July as a condition of enrollment (see “Submission of Package” under Admission). Proof of graduation includes final official transcripts or mark sheets, and final official transcripts, and a quality photocopy of a provisional certificate, certificate of graduation and/or degree certificate, and/or a diploma.  Failure to provide these documents in the manner requested or at all, or failure to graduate will result in termination of enrollment.
    • Admitted applicants who accept enrollment will be notified how to properly submit proof of graduation. Academic records submitted to the INI before a formal request is made may be discarded.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (in English, online only)
    • At least two of these should be from faculty or recent employers. 
    • People who recommend you should know you well and be able to evaluate the quality of your work. 
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
    • The GRE is required; neither the GMAT or GRE Subject Test is accepted for review. Applications will not be considered complete until the INI receives an official copy of test scores. GRE scores will not be accepted if they are more than five years old.
    • To submit your GRE test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), use the following institution code, #2074 (Carnegie Mellon U). There is no need to submit a department code. The 2074 code will make the test available to any department at the Pittsburgh campus.
    • To ensure that GRE scores reach the INI office before the application deadline, applicants should take the GRE test no later than October.
  5. (If applicable) Official TOEFL scores 
    • If you are an applicant whose native language/mother tongue is not English, the TOEFL is required. The INI will accept the PBT (paper-based test) scores if the Internet-based test (iBT) is not offered in the applicant's country. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test will also be accepted to demonstrate ESL proficiency.
    • To submit your TOEFL test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) use the following codes: Institution #2074, Department (no department is required, but you may use 99 "unspecified department" if necessary).
    • If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS previously, you must submit a copy. If you have not previously taken one of those tests, you may request a waiver from taking it, but note that such waivers are rarely granted. 
    • Non-native English speakers who fail to take the ibTTOEFL or IELTS may not be reviewed for possible admission if these test results are missing from their completed application and a waiver of the tests hasn't been formally granted by the INI. 
    • Waiver requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are granted solely by the admissions committee. Contact the INI with any questions regarding waiver eligibility or requests, ini@cmu.edu. It is recommended such requests be submitted no later than October to leave time to take the TOEFL or IELTS if the waiver request isn't approved. Waiver requests submitted after October may be rejected without review.
    • When submitting IELTS reports, please use the following address*:
      Carnegie Mellon University
      College of Engineering
      5000 Forbes Avenue
      119 Porter Hall
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213

      *This address is only to be used for reporting the IELTS 
  6. Essay and Area of Interest questions
    • Must be submitted online as hard copy statements will not be accepted. 
    • All technical and other certificates should be listed in your resume. Research projects should be addressed in the essay section in the online application.
  7. Two nonrefundable application fees
    • Applicants to the dual degree program must submit a non-refundable application fee of $75 to Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (see address below). 
    • Applicants to the dual degree program must also submit a non-refundable application fee of ¥30,000 to the University of Hyogo. Please send or bring a money order for the amount of ¥30,000 issued by the Japan Post Bank to the Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo. Keep the money order as it was issued, and do not write anything on it.
  8. Mail all supplemental documents and check payments
    • Dual-degree applicants must mail your check payments for the University of Hyogo and additional supplemental documents to the following address:
      • Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo
        7-1-28 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku
        Kobe, 650-0047 Japan
        Tel: +81-78-303-2050
        Fax: +81-78-303-2055
      • Any questions regarding payment of the application fee to the Graduate School of Applied Informatics, must be addressed to the University of Hyogo using the contact information provided
    • Applicants to the Dual-Degree and Single-Degree programs (Kobe MSIT-IS), may pay the INI application fee on-line when completing their submission. The online payment is only for the INI fee, the fee for the University of Hyogo must be mailed using the address above.

Rolling Admission

We recommend undergraduates approach the INI to discuss the opportunity no later than two semesters before they complete their undergraduate degree. Admission to the Integrated MSIN should be decided in the spring semester of junior year and is contingent upon fulfillment of:

  1. MSIN admission requirements; and
  2. Specific Integrated MSIN requirements.

1) To fulfill the MSIN admission requirements, students need to have taken:

  • A combination of 15-211, 15-212, 15-213, which would fulfill the C/C++ programming and data structures requirements.
  • A mathematics/probability course.

    All these courses are mandatory for the B.S. in CS degree. ECE students would need to make sure they select these courses as part of their electives.
  • Students would also need to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

2) To fulfill the Integrated MSIN requirements, which allow you to waive a certain number of core units, students would need to have completed the following courses:

  • 15-410/15-605 Operating Systems

  • CHOOSE ONE: 15-441/15-641 Computer Networks OR 18-441/18-741 Computer Networks OR 14-740 Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks OR 18-756 Packet Switching and Computer Networks

  • 18-349/14-642 Introduction to Embedded Systems

Students should earn at least a B, or above average (3.0), in the required undergraduate courses.

Completion of a subset of at least two of these courses would allow for conditional admission.

Students eligible for admission to the Integrated MSIN and Integrated MSIS would not be required to take the GRE.

Rolling Admission

We recommend undergraduates approach the INI to discuss the opportunity no later than two semesters before they complete their undergraduate degree. Admission to the Integrated MSIS should be decided in the spring semester of junior year and is contingent upon fulfillment of:

  1. MSIS admission requirements; and
  2. Specific Integrated MSIS requirements.

1) To fulfill the MSIS admission requirements, students need to have taken:

  • A combination of 15-211, 15-212, 15-213, which would fulfill the C/C++ programming and data structures requirements.
  • A mathematics/probability course.

    All these courses are mandatory for the B.S. in CS degree. ECE students would need to make sure they select these courses as part of their electives.
  • Students would also need to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

2) To fulfill the Integrated MSIS requirements, which allow you to waive a certain number of core units, students would need to have completed the following courses:

  • 15-410/15-605 Operating Systems

  • CHOOSE ONE: 15-441/15-641 Computer Networks OR 18-441/18-741 Computer Networks OR 14-740 Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks OR 18-756 Packet Switching and Computer Networks

  • CHOOSE ONE: 18-631 Introduction to Information Security OR 15-330/18-330 Introduction to Computer Security OR 18-730 Introduction to Computer Security

Students should earn at least a B, or above average (3.0), in the required undergraduate courses.

Completion of a subset of at least two of these courses would allow for conditional admission.

Students eligible for admission to the Integrated MSIN and Integrated MSIS would not be required to take the GRE.

Application Deadlines

Pittsburgh and Bicoastal Programs

December 31, 2018 (Fall 2019)

Integrated Master's Programs

Rolling admission

Kobe Dual-Degree Program

DECEMBER 31, 2018

Kobe Single-Degree Program

May 30

All documents and information to be considered in the review process must be submitted by the given deadlines. The application form and supporting documents are all that is required to make a fair assessment of each applicant's qualifications. If additional information is required, the applicant will be notified.