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 3 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Early Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Final Deadline: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
$100 per program, $80 for applications submitted before November 29,2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST (early deadline).
The School of Computer Science requires the following for all applications:
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- GRE scores: These must be less than five years old. Our Institution Code is 2074; Department Code is 0402. (This requirement is waived for CMU undergrads.)
- The GRE At Home test is accepted but we prefer you take the GRE at a test center if possible.
- Unofficial transcripts from each university you have attended, regardless of whether you received your degree there.
- Current resume.
- Statement of Purpose.
- Three letters of recommendation
- A short (1-3 minutes) video of yourself. Tell us about you and why you are interested in the MCDS program. This is not a required part of the application process, but it is STRONGLY suggested.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency:
Proof of English Language Proficiency:
If you will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa, and English is not a native language for you (native language…meaning spoken at home and from birth), we are required to formally evaluate your English proficiency. We require applicants who will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa, and for whom English is not a native language, to demonstrate English proficiency via one of these standardized tests: TOEFL (preferred), IELTS, or Duolingo. We discourage the use of the "TOEFL ITP Plus for China," since speaking is not scored.
We do not issue waivers for non-native speakers of English. In particular, we do not issue waivers based on previous study at a U.S. high school, college, or university. We also do not issue waivers based on previous study at an English-language high school, college, or university outside of the United States. No amount of educational experience in English, regardless of which country it occurred in, will result in a test waiver.
Applicants applying to MCDS are required to submit scores from an English proficiency exam taken within the last two years. Scores taken before Sept. 1, 2021, will not be accepted regardless of whether you have previously studied in the U.S. For more information about their English proficiency score policies, visit the MCDS admission website.
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). Our Institution Code is 4256; the Department Code is 78. Additional details about English proficiency requirements are provided on the FAQ page.
Applications which do not meet all of these requirements by the application deadline (see above) will not be reviewed. For more details on these requirements, please see the SCS Master's Admissions page.