How To Apply

The School of Computer Science has a centralized online application process for graduate admissions. Applications for the MCDS program will open on August 10, 2018. All supporting documentation for fall admission must be received by noon (EST) on Monday, December 10th. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply, go to the SCS online application.

In order to compare MCDS to other professional masters programs at CMU please refer here:

Important Deadlines

Early Deadline: 11/30/18 by noon (12pm EST)

Applications are due by noon (12 p.m.) on Monday, December 10th.


  • By noon (12 p.m. EST) Friday, November 30: $75 for one program, $50 each additional program.
  • From 12:01 p.m. (EST) Dec. 1 to noon (12 p.m.) Monday, Dec. 10: $125 for one program, $75 for each additional program.

The School of Computer Science requires the following for all applications:

  •  Students should report raw university GPA scores and NOT converted scores.  Please DO NOT convert your international score to a US GPA or weighted GPA or other system.
  • GRE scores: All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and have scores.  No application will be considered complete until we have received theses scores.  GRE scores will NOT be accepted if they are more than five years old.  The GRE Subject Test is not required, but a subject test in science, engineering, computer science, math, etc. is recommended. Our Institution Code is 2074; Department Code is 0402. (This requirement is waived for CMU undergrads.)
  • TOEFL scores: If your native language is not English, then you must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  All students will need to submit a TOEFL, no exceptions.
    If you are currently working on or have received a bachelor's and/or a master's degree in the U.S. and your native language is not English, the TOEFL is still required. However, you may submit an expired test score up to 5 years old. If you have not completed a Bachelor’s degree in the US, you will need to submit a TOEFL no older than 2 years. We will NOT accept an expired score in this case, no exceptions.
    A successful applicant will normally have a total iBT score of at least 100. We prefer that you take the TOEFL, but we will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The same restrictions of expiration dates apply with an IELTS.
    (While the TOEFL is preferred, the IELTS test may also be submitted.) Successful applicants will have a minimum TOEFL score of 100. Our Institution Code is 4256; the Department Code is 78.
  • Official transcripts from each university you have attended, regardless of whether you received your degree there.
  • Current resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Please upload your GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) to your application no later than December 14.


When you apply to the MCDS program, you must choose one (1) major:     

Systems, Analytics or Human-Centered Data Science.

You should select the major for which you are best prepared, based on your educational background, work experience and your areas of interest. Due to the large number of applications received, it is only feasible to evaluate each applicant for a single major. Please review the detailed curriculum requirements for each major, in order to determine the best fit.

For more details regarding application, please see the SCS Master's Admissions page. No incomplete applications will be eligible for consideration.