To apply for admission to the dual-degree program or single-degree (Kobe MSIT-IS) program, applicants must complete the following steps:
1. Complete the Online Application form.
All applications and recommendations must be submitted online.
ETS reports (GRE and TOEFL) must be submitted through ETS only. Hard copies received from applicants are not official and will not be accepted. You may upload unofficial score results directly to the online application.
2. Upload transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels, whether or not you earned a degree from that college or university.
All transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates written in foreign languages must be submitted in the original language and an English translation.
Applicants who haven't completed their undergraduate program may apply; however, transcripts must show at least six (6) completed semesters.
If admitted and enrollment is accepted, proof of graduation must be submitted no later than the end of July as a condition of enrollment (see “Submission of Package” under Admission). Proof of graduation includes final official transcripts or mark sheets, and final official transcripts, and a quality photocopy of a provisional certificate, certificate of graduation and/or degree certificate, and/or a diploma. Failure to provide these documents in the manner requested or at all, or failure to graduate will result in termination of enrollment.
Admitted applicants who accept enrollment will be notified how to properly submit proof of graduation. Academic records submitted to the INI before a formal request is made may be discarded.
3. Submit three letters of recommendation in English. At least two of these should be from faculty or recent employers. People who recommend you should know you well and be able to evaluate the quality of your work. Recommendations must be submitted electronically via the online form.
4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required; neither the GMAT nor GRE Subject Test is accepted for review. Applications will not be considered complete until the INI receives an official copy of test scores. GRE scores will not be accepted if they are more than five years old.
To submit your GRE test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) use the following codes: #2074 (Carnegie Mellon U), department code #0404 (Information Sciences).
To ensure that GRE scores reach the INI office before the application deadline, applicants should take the test well in advance of the application deadline.
5. Applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The INI will accept PBT (paper-based test) scores if the Internet-based test (iBT) is not offered in the applicant's country.
To submit your TOEFL test results through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) use the following codes: Institution #2074, Department (no department is required, but you may use 99 "unspecified department" if necessary).
Admission decisions on applications without the required test scores may be delayed.
Applicants who have attended and graduated from a four-year undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. university may have this requirement waived.
Applicants attending a graduate program at a U.S. university should submit a copy of their most recent TOEFL test for evaluation. The INI may request additional information to demonstrate sufficient ESL skill.
6. The Statement of Purpose will be submitted online as responses to a series of questions. Hard copy statements will not be accepted. The questions include:
There is limited space to respond to the questions, so the responses should be concise and to the point. No additional space will be provided, nor will addendums to the questions be accepted.
All technical and other certificates should be listed in your resume, and the INI will no longer accept photocopies of such documents. Research projects should be addressed in the Statement of Purpose question in the online application. Research summaries also will no longer be accepted.
7. Applicants to the dual-degree program must submit a non-refundable application fee of $65 to Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (see address below). Applicants may also pay by personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, money order or cashier's check for the exact fee amount. Payments should be made payable to Carnegie Mellon University. Money transfers cannot be accepted. Applicants to the dual-degree program must also submit a non-refundable application fee of ¥30,000 to the University of Hyogo. Please send or bring a money order for the amount of ¥30,000 issued by the Japan Post Bank to the Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo. Keep the money order as it was issued, and do not write anything on it.
8. Dual-degree applicants must mail your check payments for the University of Hyogo and additional supplemental documents to the following address:
Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo
7-1-28 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku
Kobe, 650-0047 Japan
Applicants for the single-degree program (Kobe MSIT-IS) must mail your check payment for the INI, and supplemental documents to the following address:
Information Networking Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
4616 Henry Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
If using a courier service, include the INI main number, (412) 268-7195.