How to Apply
1. Online Application Form
Please go here to apply for CMU degree programs for 2011/2012.
- All application materials must be submitted on-line with the online application form (with the exception of letters of recommendation, which may be mailed). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered.
- You may apply to two departments simultaneously and to any number of degree programs within the selected departments. You will be considered by each department in the order these are ranked on the application form (preferred department vs. alternative department.) Please note that if you are going to apply for multiple programs, whether delivered by one or more departments, you will need to submit a separate application for each program.
- You can track your progress and learn the outcome of your application by checking your online application form. The admissions decision will be displayed in it as soon as it is posted by the relevant academic department. Please go here to find out more about this feature.
- Non-degree candidates should submit the application form and documents required for non-degree and visiting students.
- CMU does not return application documents, or copies thereof under any circumstances.
2. Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must have two (or, to certain doctoral programs, three) letters of recommendation submitted assessing their ability to conduct graduate-level work, and potential for a successful academic or professional career. The letters of recommendation must be written by faculty members or job supervisors – i.e. people most familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities and character – in English, and should be sent by the recommenders via Embark's online recommendation form (OREC.)
Alternatively, letters of recommendation may be sent by regular (postal) mail also. In such cases, the recommender should provide one copy for each department the applicant is applying to, place each copy in a separate envelope, sign it across the seal, and mail it to the CMU Admissions Office.
NOTE: Recommendations sent by postal mail are often delayed, misbelieved, or lost in transit. Also, they take longer to process even if received in time. We therefore strongly encourage the online submission of recommendation letters.
3. Academic Records
Applicants must submit with the online application form a scanned image of:
- An official English translation* of their transcript (transcript = an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received) or an official copy thereof if it is originally in English;
- An official English translation* of their diploma or an official copy thereof if it is originally in English.
Admitted students must supply hard copies of the above documents, as well as
- An official copy of their diploma in the original language, if other than English, with the ink stamp and signature of a notary public or an authorized university official;
- An official copy of their full transcript in the original language, if other than English, with the ink stamp and signature of a notary public or an authorized university official.
- Applicants in the process of completing a degree program must submit an interim transcript and an official letter in English signed by the registrar, stating that they are expected/scheduled to complete their current course of study by August 1, 2011.
- Admitted students must submit a hard copy of their full transcript (with an official translation if applicable) listing ALL courses studied, including any transfer credits with the relevant grades, while completing their degree program.
- Applicants to Master's programs must submit academic records of their first (Bachelor's) degree. Applicants to doctoral programs must submit academic records of both their first (Bachelor's) and second (Master's) degrees.
- Students holding an official transcript containing a statement about the degree earned, including the date of graduation and the title of the academic degree awarded, are exempt from the requirement to submit an official copy of their diploma.
- For students holding an official "Diploma Supplement," which is an additional document given with a diploma: according to EU rules, this document cannot be accepted in place of the diploma. Therefore, students holding a "Diploma Supplement" are still required to submit an official copy of the diploma in the original language with an ink stamp and signature of a notary public or an authorized university official and an official English language translation* of the diploma.
bears the ink stamp and signature of a sworn translator or an authorized official of the institution that issued the original; contains the stamp and signature on each page or over a folded and fastened corner of the document; includes a statement of authenticity in English.
4. A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
5. Proof of English proficiency
This is defined as an official score report from one of the English-language examinations listed under Language Requirements. Please submit available scores with your application, or request exemption from the English testing requirement, if applicable. Candidates applying are eligible to take the CMU-administered institutional TOEFL. Admitted students must provide documentary evidence of their scores prior to enrollment.