How To Apply

The School of Computer Science has a centralized online application process for graduate admissions. Applications for the MCDS program will open on September 6, 2023.

All supporting documentation for fall admission must be received by the final application deadline of Wednesday, December 13, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply, go to the SCS online application.

In order to compare MCDS to other professional masters programs at CMU please refer here:

Important Deadlines


Early Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 (3pm EST)

Final Deadline: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (3pm EST)


  • By the early deadline: $80 per program, By final deadline: $100 per program.

The School of Computer Science requires the following for all applications:

  • Students should report raw university GPA scores and NOT converted scores.  Please DO NOT convert your international score to a US GPA or weighted GPA or other system.
  • GRE scores are highly recommended. If you cannot provide them, please briefly explain in your application. GRE scores are waived for applicants who have graduated from, or are enrolled at, Carnegie Mellon.  GRE scores will NOT be accepted if they are more than five years old.  Our Institution Code is 2074; Department Code is 0402.
  • The GRE At Home test is accepted but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible.
  • English Test Scores: Required if English is not your native language. No exceptions. (While the TOEFL is preferred, the IELTS or DuoLingo test scores may also be submitted.) Successful applicants will have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing scores all 25 or above), IELTS score of 7.5 (Reading 7 or above, Listening 7 or above, Speaking 7.5 or above, Writing 6.5 or above), or DuoLingo score of 120 (Literacy 115 or above, Comprehension 125 or above, Production 100 or above, Conversation 105 or above). 
  • Please send scores via ETS using our SCS/CMU codes: 
    • TOEFL Institution Code: 4256
    • TOEFL Department Code: 78
  • MCDS applicants who are not native English speakers are required to submit a TOEFL score taken within the last two years. TOEFL scores taken before August 20, 2020, will not be accepted.
  • A successful applicant will normally have a total iBT score of at least 100.
  • Test Scores: All test scores must be uploaded (as PDF) to your application.  If they are NOT uploaded by December 9, you will not have access to upload them and your application may not be considered for review.
  • Official transcripts from each university you have attended, regardless of whether you received your degree there.  We do NOT require mailed, hard versions of transcripts at the time of application.  Do not mail your transscripts to the admission office.  If you are accepted to the program, you will be given instructions to then mail them.  All electronic transcripts should be uploaded by the time you submit your application.  If they are not uploaded by December 13, you will not have access to upload them and your application may not be considered.  **NOTE** Electronic transcripts and test scores are not marked as received until you submit and pay the application fee.  It may take several days or weeks to check the uploaded material, so please allow time. 
  • Resume, please submit your current resume, outline your education, research experience, work experience, publication, scholarships, prizes and honors received, society memberships.
  • Statement of Purpose, prepare a consise one or two page essay that describes your primary areas of interest in research, your related experiences, and your objective in pursuing a graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon
  • Three letters of recommendation, recommenders should know you relatively well and be able to evaluate the quality of your previous work.  At least two should be from faculty or recent employers.  With the on-line application, letters will be requested and submitted electronically.  Paper recommendations will NOT be accepted.  Letters of recommendation are due by December 12.  All deadlines are FINAL.  Letters received after this date may not be considered in the review of your application.

It is your responsibility to make certain that your application, supporting documents, and letters of recommendation are uploaded to your application by the final deadline. You may check your submitted application to make certain that it is complete.

For more details regarding application, please see the SCS Master's Admissions page. No incomplete applications will be eligible for consideration.