This guide lists all the documents required in order for your application to be considered complete by the INI admissions office. If you are missing any of the documents listed below, your application cannot be reviewed for admission.
* ETS reports must be sent to the INI using the codes provided above. Due to the volume of applications that need to be processed, the INI will no longer contact other departments to retrieve misdirected reports.
The only supplemental documents that must be sent to the INI in support of your application are the ETS reports, which must be ordered through ETS to be considered official.
The INI no longer requires applicants to the Pittsburgh and bicoastal programs (MSIN, MSIS and MSIT programs) to submit hard copy transcripts for the review. Only applicants who are admitted and accept enrollment in the INI will be asked to send their official transcripts. Transcripts sent to the INI without the request of the admissions staff will not receive acknowledgement of delivery.
Financial document should not be sent either. All financial information must be entered or uploaded to the online form in order to receive funding consideration.
Applicants to the Kobe dual-degree MSIT-IS program should send their documents to the University of Hyogo using the address provided in the online application and in the "Apply" section of the program description.
There are two rounds of reviews for the Pittsburgh and bicoastal programs. The first round is conducted immediately following the application deadline, January 15, and all applications that are submitted and complete by this date will be included in the first round. All applications that have been submitted online by the January 15 deadline but are still missing supplemental documents, such as transcripts, test scores and recommendation letters that are required to complete the application, will be reviewed in the second round in March on a space-available basis.
Note: International applicants must include financial support information in their application as part of their submission. There are fields to identify your sponsor and the amount of support they will offer. Applicants may also upload a letter providing information about who their sponsor is and how much support they will offer. A sample letter with instructions is linked in the application form. No specific amount of funding is necessary to show, the INI is only seeking general demonstration of ability to cover costs. Applicants who do not provide funding information as requested may not be considered for financial assistance even if they answer "yes" to that question in the application.
If you are admitted, please note that you will need to send additional support documents for processing of the I-20 or DS-2019 Certificates.
1. The statement of purpose can no longer be uploaded; it must be completed online. Answers must be detailed; single-sentence responses or short responses will render the SOP incomplete and the application will not be reviewed.
Applicants upload their transcripts to the online application. The transcripts submitted with the application do not need to be official; however, if admitted, the INI will require official transcripts and proof of completion to be submitted by the end of July. Admitted applicants who accept enrollment will receive a formal request for official transcripts.
Applicants must identify a course in data structures in the application form where requested.
Applicants who identify a course that is does not have “data structures” in the course title on their transcript must provided an official university syllabus of the course they have identified as covering the subject matter. The course description cannot be written by the applicant, but must be a soft-copy document that is produced and posted by the university or the faculty member who taught the course. Applicants must first obtain permission from the INI to submit a course description from the professor who taught the course.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all required information on the program application and to submit all requested supporting documents in the manner stated on the INI website or requested by the Admissions Staff.
An application may remain "Incomplete" if required documents are not received in the INI office, or are not submitted in the proper manner. Applications not completed by the posted deadline will remain incomplete.
The admissions staff makes every effort to assist applicants in completing their submission, however, the INI does not accept responsibility for documents that are missing or are improperly submitted resulting in an application remaining incomplete and un-reviewed.
Applicants awaiting review may not contact the INI faculty or staff other than the admissions staff managing the application submission. Applications may be removed from consideration if applicants make any attempt to discuss their application with INI/CMU personnel or faculty other than the admissions staff or submit additional documents or information after the application deadlines in order to gain an advantage in the review process. All documents and information to be considered in the review process must be submitted by the given deadlines.
The application form and supporting documents are all that are required to make a fair assessment of each applicant's qualifications. If additional information is required, the applicant will be notified.
Please see the individual program pages for details on each program: