Carnegie Mellon University Admission Requirements, Courses Offered & Tuition Fee

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Carnegie Mellon University Admission Requirements, Courses Offered & Tuition Fee. Are you planning to study abroad in one of United State’s prestigious universities?

Carnegie Mellon stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions and sets its own course. Start the journey here.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private, global research university, and one of the 25 foreign-based universities Students Nigeria recommends for study abroad programme.

Established in 1900 by the famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie, initially as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912. In 1967 it merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, resulting in its present incarnation.

The university lays claim to many examples of ground-breaking inventions and pioneering research into brain science, data, start-ups and driverless cars, among others. It was the first institution (via professor Scott Fahlman in 1982) to create a ‘smile’ in an email.

CMU emphasises close collaborations between faculty and students to address scientific, technological and societal challenges, as well as making things ‘from art to robots’.

Its cohort numbers well over 13,000 students from 114 countries, and a faculty of more than 1,400. With its strong focus on creating new things, CMS says that many of its students go on to join some of the world’s most successful companies.

As well as its US locations in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley, Carnegie Mellon has a campus in Doha, Qatar, and offers degree programmes in AfricaAsiaAustraliaEurope and Latin America.

Carnegie Mellon University Courses:


  • Architecture
  • Art
  • BXA Intercollege Degree Programs
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • CFA Interdisciplinary
  • CIT Interdisciplinary
  • Carnegie Mellon University-Wide Studies
  • Center for the Arts in Society
  • Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science and Arts
  • Creative Enterprise: Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
  • Design
  • Dietrich College Information Systems
  • Dietrich College Interdisciplinary
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering & Public Policy
  • English
  • Entertainment Technology Pittsburgh
  • General Dietrich College
  • Heinz College-Wide Courses
  • History
  • Humanities and Arts
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Information Networking Institute
  • Information Systems: Sch of IS & Mgt
  • Institute for Politics and Strategy
  • Institute for Software Research
  • Integrated Innovation Institute
  • MCS Interdisciplinary
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Management: Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Naval Science – ROTC
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Management: Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
  • Public Policy & Mgt: Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
  • SCS Interdisciplinary
  • SCS: Computational Biology
  • SCS: computer Science
  • SCS: Human-Computer Interaction
  • SCS: Institute for Software Research
  • SCS: Language Technologies Institute
  • SCS: Machine Learning
  • SCS: Robotics
  • Science and Arts
  • Social & Decision Sciences
  • Statistics and Data Science
  • StuCo (Student Led Courses)
  • Tepper School of Business

Undergraduate Admission Requirements:

Review the content and links below for details on undergraduate admission requirements, application plans and deadlines, academic course and standardized test requirements and College of Fine Arts admission procedures.

Download the 2019 Carnegie Mellon Application Instructions Booklet here.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including veterans and other prospective students who are seeking a first bachelor’s several years after graduating from high school or those who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree.

Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Admission Requirements:

  • Common Application
  • $75 application fee*
  • Official high school transcript (please review our Academic Requirements)**
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay and personal statement
  • All fine arts applicants to the Schools of Drama and Music are required to arrange required pre-screen, audition or portfolio review.
  • All fine art applications to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design are required to submit required portfolio and creative materials.
  • Home-schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.
  • Applicants must provide proof of meeting all requirements for an official high school diploma, by the end of May of the year of graduation, and submit an official final transcript, GED or certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

Carnegie Mellon accepts fee waivers from students who meet one of the indicators of economic need as outlined on the Common Application.

Transcript/graduation requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to Carnegie Mellon (for applicants who are 17 and over). Applicants should submit official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and enrolling students are required to submit an official final transcript as well.

Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Office of Admission in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended.

Supporting Documents & Supplemental Information

Carnegie Mellon doesn’t accept supplemental submissions, such as resumes, artwork, portfolios, recording or websites. We encourage applicants to utilize the Common Application along with the Carnegie Mellon Supplemental Essays to highlight experiences or activities that have enhanced or defined their personal growth during high school.

Carnegie Mellon won’t accept applicant updates after January 15. Please note that mid-semester grades or transcript updates should be reported by your high school counselor throughout the admission process. For applicants to the College of Fine Arts, please reference College of Fine Arts admission requirements.

Instructions for DACA, Home-Schooled/Cyber or Non-Traditional Applicants

Applying as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. Follow the instructions for either freshman or transfers applicants and review the admission requirements noted at the top of this page. We accept College Board or NACAC fee waivers for the non-refundable application fee. Students who need an application fee waiver should contact the Office of Admission. Also be aware of this additional information:

  • When completing the Common Application, DACA students should apply for either freshman or transfer admission as international students (by selecting “other (non-US)” as your citizenship status).
  • DACA students may be eligible for institutional financial aid and must apply for financial aid in order to be considered.
  • To apply for institutional financial aid, you must complete the CSS PROFILE and provide either federal tax returns or documentation of household income to College Board IDOCS. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) isn’t required for DACA students. Students who need a CSS PROFILE fee waiver should contact the Office of Admission.
  • At the time of admission, Carnegie Mellon may request DACA documentation to confirm your status in order to process financial aid accordingly.

Applying as a Non-Traditional Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including prospective students who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree or those interested in a first bachelor’s degree several years after graduating from high school.

To apply for a second bachelor’s degree if your first degree is from Carnegie Mellon:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Arrange to have a copy of your Carnegie Mellon transcript sent to the Office of Admission by February 15, if applying as a transfer, or by January 1, if applying as a freshman.

To apply for a second bachelor’s degree if your first degree is from another college or university:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Follow the instructions for transfer applicants.

To apply for a first bachelor’s degree from a non-traditional background:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Submit an essay explaining what you have been doing since graduating from high school.
  • Submit a recommendation from a counselor, teacher, colleague or advisor who can speak of your potential for success at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Follow the instructions for transfer applicants.
  • Campus housing is only available for traditional age college students.

Applying as a Home-Schooled or Cyber Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students who have been schooled at home or online. Follow the instructions for freshman applicants and review the admission requirements noted at the top of this page.

Home-schooled applicants should submit the Common Application and academic portfolio/ transcript consistent with state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used for your coursework.

You must also provide proof that you’ll have met, by the end of May of the year of graduation, all requirements for an official high school diploma and submit an official final transcript, a GED or a certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

To apply to the university, you must:

  • Submit a completed Common Application.
  • Submit a syllabus/course descriptions of the work you’ve completed prior to applying.
  • Submit a transcript of grades and/or evaluation of your work.
  • Submit a recommendation from a counselor, representative of the State Board of Education, your home school association or other person of authority.
  • Follow instructions for required testing based on the college/program you’re applying to.

International Admission Requirement

Please review the undergraduate admission requirements mentioned above first. Then consider the following additional requirements or reminders for international students prior to applying:

  • Deadlines are the same for international students as those posted for Early Decision, Regular Decision and transfer applicants.
  • It’s important that the name used in your application, recommendations and test scores is identical to the name listed on your passport. This will eliminate any confusion in the processing of your application.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if your native language is not English. Carnegie Mellon requires TOEFL scores of 102 or better on the internet-based TOEFL (as of Fall 2010) or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. Carnegie Mellon carefully reviews the sub-scores of each of these exams and considers those candidates with reading, listening, speaking and writing sub-scores of 25 or more on TOEFL and 7.5 or more on IELTS to be candidates with high levels of English proficiency. Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than January 1st. Carnegie Mellon’s TOEFL code is 2074.
  • InitialView interviews are recommended for non-native English speakers but aren’t required. Often these interviews can measure readiness for engagement in the classroom and also showcase a student’s personality, likes and dislikes as well as the area of intended major. InitialView interviews can show English language proficiency while also corroborating the application with more details about the student.
  • If your secondary school transcript or any other admission document is written in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by an official translation and verified by a counselor or school official to be true copies of the original.
  • If you are preparing for the International Baccalaureate or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-level examinations, please send your expected exam results.

Carnegie Mellon doesn’t offer financial aid to international students. International students are not eligible for fee waivers.

Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Tuition and Fees:

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Carnegie Mellon doesn’t offer financial aid to international students. If you’re an international student who plans to enroll at Carnegie Mellon, you and your family must assume the total cost of attendance. International students aren’t eligible for fee waivers or monthly tuition payment plans.

Proposed Cost of 2018-19 Academic Year



Tuition $54,244
Fees $1,221
Books/Misc. $2,400 (Est.)
Room & Board $14,418
Health Insurance $2,340



International students enrolling at Carnegie Mellon must submit a completed Certification of Finances form and supporting documents that indicate his or her family or sponsor will have sufficient funds to cover tuition, room and board, and living expenses at Carnegie Mellon only after a student has been admitted to Carnegie Mellon and has chosen to matriculate.

2018-2019 Graduate Tuition & Fees

College of Engineering (CIT)

Tuition: Varies

Fees: $852

Information Networking Institute

Tuition: Varies

Fees: $852

Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (ETIM)

Tuition: $47,600

Fees: $852

College of Fine Arts

Tuition: Varies

Fees: $852

Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Tuition: $44,050

Fees: $852

Mellon College of Science

Tuition: $44,500

Fees: $852

School of Computer Science

Tuition: Varies

Fees: $852

Entertainment Technology Center (ETC)

Tuition: $49,412

Fees: $852

Entertainment Technology Center (Silicon Valley)

Tuition: $49,412

Fees: $852

Computational Finance (MSCF)

Tuition: $56,000

Fees: $852

All But Dissertation (ABD) In Residence/Pre-Dissertation

Tuition: Varies

Fees: $852

2018-2019 Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy Management Tuition & Fees

School of Public Policy & Management

School of Information Systems & Management

Heinz College (Adelaide)

2018-2019 Tepper School of Business Tuition & Fees

Masters Programs

Fees: $852

PhD Programs

Fees: $852

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