Carnegie Mellon University

Application Process

To be considered for admission, applicants will need to complete the online application including the following components:

To start your application, create your account.

The application is a self-managed process. Once you start your application, you may save your work and return at any time to complete your application. There is no application fee, and we recommend that candidates apply by January 15, 2024 for the Fall 2024 entering class. We will accept applications thereafter on a rolling basis. Click here to access the online application system.

Be sure to check our FAQs for questions and reach out to our office with any questions.

We do not require nor collect GRE general or subject test scores.

The M.S. in Data Analytics for Science program requires non-native English language speakers to submit an official score of one of our accepted English language proficiency tests – Duolingo English Test, TOEFL or IELTS.

Be sure to request the official scores be sent by the testing agency using the following program code:

  • Duolingo English Test: Select “Carnegie Mellon University – Mellon College of Science”
  • TOEFL:
    • Institution Code: CMU 2074
    • Department Code: 99 (Other)
  • IELTS Program Code: Select “Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science”
NOTE: Exceptions to this policy will not be granted except in the case of non-native English speakers who have completed or expect to complete a 4-year undergraduate degree in the United States. These candidates ,may use a prior score, including the test score used for the undergraduate application. Please include a copy of your prior score report in the optional materials section of the application.

To be considered for admission, you must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country prior to the start of the program.

Applicants are required to upload legible scanned/digitized copies of official transcripts and degree certificates indicating name, degree earned and the date the degree was completed (if applicable) for ALL institutions attended, including exchange programs and transfer credits. All transcripts should clearly state your name and the name of the institution. Upload all pages of your transcript, including the transcript key for your university (for U.S. institutions, this is often found on the back of the transcript). If any transcript is in a language other than English, an official translation must also be included.

Should you be admitted, you are required to submit official transcripts directly to our admissions office from your educational institution.

Your Statement of Purpose should be a well-written, 1-2 page essay that details:
  • your motivation for pursuing the MS in Data Analytics for Science degree;
  • prior internship, research and/or programming experience, if any;
  • future career intentions.

You will be required to upload a current copy of your resume. Your resume should be one to two pages and highlight the achievements you have made in your professional, research and/or academic career.

Three (3) letters of recommendation from a professional or academic source are required. Letters will be requested and submitted electronically through the online application system. You should select recommenders who know you well and can speak to the quality of your prior work and your potential for success in a computationally rigorous graduate program of study. At least one letter should come from an academic source.

There is no application fee for the Fall 2024 application cycle.