Carnegie Mellon University

Application Requirements

MS IRP Application Requirements

  • Application Fee: $55
  • Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words): State your purpose in undertaking graduate study in political science and international relations. Include your academic objectives, research interests, potential thesis topics, and internship and career goals. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application, or résumé/curriculum vita.
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vita: Required
  • Transcripts: Unofficial copy from each college/university attended (official required prior to enrolling)
  • Letters of Recommendationn: Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one should come from a professor who knows you well and can attest to your academic and professional abilities, as well as your potential for graduate study.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Required, GMAT or LSAT may be substituted
  • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS required if native language is not English or if undergraduate degree was not taught in English. Minimums are as follows:
    • TOEFL score of 102 with a speaking subscore of at least 26, for TA eligibility. Only iBT TOEFL version is accepted.
  • Interview: None required, but one may be requested.

IRP/AMP Application Requirements

The accelerated version of the master's program is only open to current Carnegie Mellon University students. 

  • Student Information Sheet (see next page): Complete fillable pdf and submit electronically (PDF format).
  • Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words): State your purpose in undertaking graduate study in political science and international relations. Include your academic objectives, research interests, potential thesis topics, and internship and career goals. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application, or résumé/curriculum vita.
  • Résumé / Curriculum Vita: A current outline of your education, research experience, internship experience, publications, scholarships awarded, prizes and honors received, society memberships, and extracurricular activities (PDF format).
  • Transcripts: Unofficial Carnegie Mellon transcript, downloaded from SIO and submitted electronically to IPS (PDF format).
  • Letters of Recommendation:Two (2) letters from Carnegie Mellon faculty who can attest to the quality of your academic abilities.   Letters should be submitted by recommenders to IPS deputy director via email (PDF format).
  • Interview:  None required, but one may be requested.