Carnegie Mellon University

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants to the MSE – Scalable Systems and MSE – Embedded Systems have: 

  • An undergraduate degree in computer science or an engineering-related discipline that includes coursework in discrete mathematics or statistics, data structures and algorithms.
  • Less than 2 years of software development experience.

In 2020, admitted students had an average 159 GRE verbal score, and 168 GRE quantitative score. Admitted international students typically average a 109 total TOEFL score. That year, the program admitted 45% women and 55% men to the program.

“In order to be successful and rise to the top in any organization, you eventually have to know how to get things done not just through your own efforts but through other team members as well. Learning how to leverage human and technical resources in the course of a software development project is something the program teaches extraordinarily well.”

Chris Nelson (MSE ‘06)
Senior Manager
Amazon Alexa ML Data Platform
Note: The scores provided are average scores of admitted applicants. There is no cutoff for scores, rather, the admissions committee will be viewing applications holistically and considering all of the components together and not solely rely on the test scores.