Online Application Process
We offer an online application in order to make applying to the program as easy and convenient as possible. Our online application system is now open for Fall 2021 applications.
Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions staff. No applications are reviewed until after the final submission deadline.
To get started on your application, go to our secure application site! All applications are due January 15, 2021.
Please refer any questions to the Tepper School Ph.D. Program.
Completing and Submitting Your Online Application
Please carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application pages. You can only submit your application one time. If you have updates to any information you have submitted, please notify the admissions office at once.
Best of luck. We look forward to reviewing your application.
Details on Application Requirements
Please provide us with all of the requested contact information.
Field of Study
You may apply to up to three fields of study. There is no need to repeat the same field of study for all choices; if you only have one choice, please enter it in the "First Choice" field. Your application will be reviewed by each area/field to which you apply.
List all colleges and universities you attended, with the most recent first. Please supply a transcript and evidence of degree from each school listed. Evidence of degree for most US-based institutions is posted directly on an official transcript. Another acceptable evidence of degree is an official document from the Registrar of a given school confirming the degree earned. For the online application, these documents can be unofficial; if you are offered admission, you must provide official versions of all.
It's helpful for us to know your computer programming background.
All applicants are required to submit either an official and valid GRE or GMAT test score.
Additionally, if your native language isn't English, we require an official TOEFL score (our program doesn't accept the IELTS). We now also accept the Duolingo English Test (DET), an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under one hour, for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with the Tepper School when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
Please note that we do not waive these requirements.
Be sure that you request to have your official score(s) be sent to us electronically from the testing agencies. If you haven't done so yet, please do so now! Make sure you select the appropriate Program code when you send your scores. We cannot easily access scores sent to other departments at Carnegie Mellon University. The correct test score codes are as follows:
- GMAT Program Code - Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business Ph.D. Program: 69H-XH-19
- GRE Program Code - Carnegie Mellon University: 2074 [do not use 4883]
- TOEFL Program Code: 2074 - Carnegie Mellon University
- Duolingo English Test (DET): choose Tepper School of Business in the list of institutions [be sure to filter for "Graduate" programs/schools].
- We will verify your self-reported scores with the testing agencies after you submit your application. Failure to send your scores to the Ph.D. program directly may impact processing time and our ability to finalize a decision in accordance with our posted deadlines.
- For example, while only one score is required, if you list both a GRE and a GMAT score in your application, your application will remain incomplete until BOTH official scores are received.
Achievements, Activities, Employment
Please provide a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume which details your history of scholarly achievements, extracurricular activities, and employment.
We ask for a minimum of three recommendations, and a maximum of five. You should choose individuals who know you well and are able to provide specific and relevant information about your potential for doctoral studies and your future as a research scholar.
Statement of Purpose
What are your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study at the doctoral level at the Tepper School? You should provide any information, not obvious from your test scores, transcripts, etc., about how your background and training have prepared you for doctoral studies.