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MSIT-ESE Admission Requirements

The MSIT-ESE degree program is a collaborative effort between Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Software Research in the School of Computer Science and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The professional masters program is designed to meet the needs of practitioners currently working in embedded systems domains, or those wanting to transition into the embedded software engineering area.

Three-year undergraduate degrees from outside the United States (i.e., United Kingdom, India, etc.) are generally not considered to be the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor degree. A bachelor degree from an accredited institution is the minimum requirement for admission to our professional master's programs.

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To enter the Carnegie Mellon program you must submit:

Note: While it is not essential that applicants have formal education in both computer/electrical engineering and computer science/software engineering, students that lack background in both of these areas may have a difficult time succeeding in the program.

Application Materials for the graduate software engineering degree programs are as follows:

  • a completed application form
  • a well-developed statement of purpose (SOP) 
  • a 1-page summary of significant professional experience
  • a current resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • a video essay of yourself. Tell us something about yourself in a 1-2 minute video that we can’t know from the rest of your application materials. This is not a required part of the application, but it is strongly recommended.
  • unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts
  • unofficial Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • unofficial TOEFL (or equivalent) exam scores for all international applicants/non-U.S. citizens
  • application fee.

**Note: Official GRE and TOEFL score reports are required to be sent at the time of application.  Please note that these will not be tracked until acceptance of admission offer.  

Official hard copies of your transcripts will need to be sent upon acceptance of admission offer.

Please see Prerequisite Knowledge for more detail about the required background in these areas.