Application Details

To be considered for admission, applicants must complete and submit an application to the Information Networking Institute no later than January 15, 2018. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

How To Apply

To apply for admission, 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 will not be accepted. You may upload unofficial score results directly to the online application.

Academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, proof of graduation, i.e., degree or provisional certificates and/or diploma) should only be uploaded as unofficial documents to the online application. The INI will only request official (hard copy) records from admitted applicants who accept enrollment. Any academic records sent to the INI without a formal request will be discarded.

International applicants who want to be considered for funding must complete the “Financial Support” section under “Supplemental Information” in the online application form. Applicants must answer “Yes” or “No” to the question “Do you wish to be considered for financial support from Carnegie Mellon?” Applicants who choose “No” will not be considered for funding if admitted. Choosing “Yes” will not affect a decision on admission nor will it affect the eligibility for funding. The purpose of the question is to determine which applicants to consider for funding if they are admitted. Applicants must also identify any source of funding they currently have or plan to request. 

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 have not 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. 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 or 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 no later than November.

5. All applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The INI will accept the PBT (paper-based test) scores if the Internet-based test (iBT) is not offered in the applicant's country. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test will also be accepted to demonstrate ESL proficiency.

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).

If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS previously, you must submit a copy. If you have not previously taken one of those tests, you may request a waiver from taking it, but note that such waivers are rarely granted. 

Non-native English speakers who fail to take the ibTTOELF or IELTS may not be reviewed for possible admission if these test results are missing from their completed application and a waiver of the tests has not been formally granted by the INI. 

Waiver requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are granted solely by the admissions committee. Contact the INI with any questions regarding waiver eligibility or requests, ini@cmu.edu. It is recommended such requests be submitted no later than October to leave time to take the TOEFL or IELTS if the waiver request isn't approved. Waiver requests submitted after October may be rejected without review.

6. All Essay and Area of Interest questions will be submitted online. Hard copy statements will not be accepted. 

All technical and other certificates should be listed in your resume. Research projects should be addressed in the essay section in the online application. 

7. Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $75. Payments may be submitted by credit card online. 

8. Do not mail official transcripts until requested by the INI. 

Applicants are encouraged to send transcripts, mark sheets by courier (UPS, FedEx, DHL or other carriers) for tracking purposes and so receipt by the INI can be confirmed. Documents sent by regular postal service cannot be tracked if lost or misdirected and must be sent again.

Direct Mail to the INI Office:

Information Networking Institute
Admissions Committee
Carnegie Mellon University
4616 Henry St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
USA

If using a courier service, include the INI main number, (412) 268-7195.