Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT-SE Distance Admission Requirements

To apply to the MSIT-SE program, the GRE general test is required. Previously-taken GRE test scores may be submitted provided the results are less than five years old. Applicants are highly encouraged to take the GRE test in the October time frame in order to avoid typical delays in score reporting. Tests taken after December will not arrive in time for the January 15th application deadline. No application will be considered without all of the required admission documents. 

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To enter the Carnegie Mellon program you must have:

1. An undergraduate degree in Computer Science or other scientific or technical discipline. 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.

2. A cumulative QPA higher than 2.5.

3. One year of industry experience is required. While highly-qualified applicants with less than one year of experience may be considered for admission, no less than one internship program must be completed prior to starting the program.

4. Knowledge, at least at the level of an undergraduate course, of discrete mathematics, algorithms and data structures and programming languages.

5. Skills in programming-in-the-small, as well as competence in using an imperative block-structured or object-oriented languages such as Java, C++, Ada or C.

6. Practical knowledge of programming methods and computer organization.

7. Scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required except for CMU undergraduates with a QPA over 3.0. Your scores should be sent to the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. The subject test in Computer Science is not required but highly recommended.

8. Non-native speakers of English (international applicants who do not have a degree from a US school) should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Scores are to be reported informally on the application, and official scores sent thereafter directly to the MSE (code 4256).

9. 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
  • 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. In certain exceptional circumstances and at the program's discretion, the TOEFL requirement may be waived with evidence of undergraduate degree completion in the US coupled with additional US work experience.
  • application fee.
Please see Prerequisite Knowledge for more detail about the required background in these areas.