Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Table For International Students

Bachelor's degree Resume Professional Work Experience Standardised Test Scores English Language Test** Personal Statement Two Letters of Recommendation
MSIT-ITM 12-Month ≥ 3 years
MSIT-ITM 21-Month -
MSIT-BIDA 21-Month -
MISM Global -
MSPPM 12-Month ≥ 3 years
MSPPM 21-Month -
MSPPM Global -

**refers to English Language Proficiency section in the accordion item below

Details of entry requirements for all CMU Australia programs (except MISM Global and MSPPM Global)

Please read the explanation for each of the entry requirements carefully.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must provide documentation of their completed undergraduate degree (bachelor's degree or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution. (Applicants who have not completed their bachelor's degree when they submit their application, may receive a conditional offer and be required to submit their final transcript, including the date of graduation, prior to the start of their first semester at CMU Australia).

Programming Skills

All Information Technology programs require programming experience in an object-oriented programming language such as Java or C++. Students who do not have this experience must achieve a grade of B or higher in one of the courses listed here: Pre-Approved Object Oriented Programming Courses.

Professional Work Experience

All 12-month tracks require at least 3 years of professional work experience.

All 21-month tracks do not require professional work experience.

Standardised Test Scores

Students applying for Public Policy and Management

For the 2022 admission cycle, submission of GRE/GMAT test results will be optional.

Although this year is test-optional, we will accept and consider GRE or GMAT scores from students who have previously taken either of these exams. If you think your scores are reflective of your ability and potential, you may share the scores as part of your application for consideration. If you are going to submit scores, click here for detailed information on submitting your standardized test scores.

Students applying for IT Management or Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

For the 2022 admission cycle, submission of GRE/GMAT test results will be optional but recommended as part of the holistic review and evaluation of applications to the MSIT program. Although the GRE/GMAT will be optional, they are strongly recommended if you are applying for admission to the MSIT program and your transcript does not contain significant coursework in Mathematics, Computer Science, or other heavily quantitative disciplines (in order for you to provide evidence of your quantitative and technical abilities). We assess applicants holistically and take into consideration many factors, including computational background and skill. This skill can be demonstrated by the submission of GRE/GMAT scores and/or by coursework in computer science, linear algebra, statistics, and/or related areas.

If you are going to submit scores, click here for detailed information on submitting your standardized test scores.

For all applications

If your application is conditionally approved during the initial review, and your transcript does not contain significant coursework in Mathematics, Computer Science, or other heavily quantitative disciplines (in order for you to provide evidence of your quantitative and technical abilities), Applicant will be required to sit for a 2-hour-long, live, proctored online math’s exam (CMUA’s Institutional Math’s Online Test – or “IMOT”).

CMU Institutional Maths Online Test

The CMU Australia Institutional Maths Online Test (IMOT) is available as a substitute for GRE and GMAT for applicants who are affiliated with certain partners of CMU Australia (this option is NOT available to applicants for the global tracks in the MISM and MSPPM programs). Eligible students include Australia Awards applicants, CHED, DOPT, Central Bank of the Philippines and University of Indonesia.


  • The test is free of charge.
  • It is a two-hour test, comprising 50 groups of multiple-choice questions covering basic algebra, calculus and statistics.
  • The test can only be taken once, and you must achieve a minimum score of 80%.
  • The test will be conducted and supervised online.

How to Apply

  • Submit your online application.
  • After submission, the admission committee will review your application.
  • CMU Australia Admissions Team will then provide you with instructions on how to take the test.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Duolingo English Test.

If your native language (mother tongue) is not English, you are required to submit an official score report from the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo.  The only exceptions are for students who have worked or studied for five or more years in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and/or Zambia.

It is strongly recommended for applicants to take the TOEFL or IELTS at least one month prior to the application deadline. Duolingo English Test results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

If your test date is within one month of the application deadline, please be sure to email the scores to the office of admissions.

For every score you wish to include with your application, you must report the exam date(s) and submit the official score report(s). We will not accept exam scores for test dates that are not listed on the application.


  • iBT required. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is also accepted.
  • Scores must be submitted directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS). When registering for the TOEFL, please use the following institution code: 2176
  • The minimum TOEFL score is 22 on each section of the Internet-based test.


  • You may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results in place of the TOEFL.
  • The "Academic" format of the IELTS is required.
  • Test scores must be submitted directly by IELTS.
  • The minimum IELTS score is 6.0 in the writing and speaking bands and 6.5 in the reading and listening bands.

Duolingo English Test

  • Duolingo English Test on the 160 point scale with subsection scoring is required.
  • If you took the Duolingo (160 point) exam prior to subsection scoring, you may wish to contact Duolingo to ask if they will rescore your exam for the subsections. We will not accept the old Duolingo exam (100 point scale).
  • Test scores must be reported directly to “Carnegie Mellon Univerity in Australia” by Duolingo.
  • The minimum Duolingo English Exam score is 105 overall (Literacy: 105, Comprehension: 115, Production: 70, Conversation: 95)

If you took any of these tests more than two years ago, you MUST take a new exam. The testing agency will not verify scores more than two years old.

If your score is below the minimum on an exam, you should consider retaking the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test before applying.


Applicants are required to submit a resume. Please submit a one or two page summary of your education skills, accomplishments, employment experience and volunteer experience. The resume must be current and include all part-time and full-time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position. Click here for an example of a resume.

Please consider using the "Optional Essay" to address the reason for any "gap" in your resume, if applicable.

Your resume should contain only true information and your own, original writing. If you include a quote or text written by any other person or published in any printed or online format, you must surround the copied text in quotation marks (") and indicate the original source of the text. Information reported on your resume is subject to verification. CMU Australia utilises several methods to identify plagiarised and falsified content in uploaded documents. Submission of false or plagiarised material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program.

Statement of Purpose

Required Essay. You are required to submit an essay (approximately 1,000 words) describing your academic and professional background, your career goals, and how the program will help you achieve your goals.

Your essay should contain only true information and your own, original writing. Your essay should be typed on a computer, saved electronically, and uploaded to the application (please do not scan a printed essay). If you include a quote or text written by any other person or published in any printed or online format, you must surround the copied text in quotation marks (") and indicate the original source of the text. CMU Australia utilises several methods to identify plagiarised and falsified content in uploaded documents. Submission of false or plagiarised material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program.

Video Interview (Optional)

Follow the detailed instructions below for successfully completing your video interview and submitting it to Heinz College as part of your application for admission.

You have the option of completing a one-question video interview in support of your application for admission. The video interview will be available after you submit your application and all required supporting materials.

The video interview is optional, but is strongly recommended for non-native speakers of English. We encourage all applicants to consider completing the video interview.

Preparing For Your Video Interview

As in a real, professional job interview, we do not share interview questions with you before the actual interview. If you would like to prepare for your interview, you may wish to search the internet for advice on preparing for a job interview and/or professional graduate school interview in the United States.

Note: After you begin the video interview, you will not be able to pause, cancel, or re-record any of your answers. Please keep this in mind as you decide when and where to complete your video interview to minimize the chance that you are interrupted by a roommate, family member, pet or anyone else while recording your video response.

Who Can Appear In The Video?

The video and audio must be of you, the applicant (not a proxy).

When Will You Complete Your Video Interview? What Can You Expect?

You will receive an email invitation from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College asking you to visit the status page of your application to open your personalized video interview within 24 hours AFTER your application becomes complete (online application submitted and all recommendations, official transcripts and official test scores received).

If you want to ensure that your video interview is available when your application is reviewed, please try to complete your interview within 5 days of the date you receive the invitation to the video interview (within 5 days of when your application becomes complete).

Here is what you can expect if you choose to complete the video interview:

  • You will receive an email from the us AFTER your application becomes COMPLETE (all supporting materials received and all applicable official test scores verified). This status will be posted on the "status" page of your application.
  • The email will invite you to visit the status page of your application to see the video interview link to complete your video interview.
  • When you click the link, the video interview window will open, providing instructions for ensuring that your computer is set up correctly for the video interview.
    • You will be able to record a test video to confirm that your settings are correct and to become comfortable with the system.
    • Immediately after recording your test video, you will have an opportunity to watch the recording.
    • You will be able to record a test response several times if you need to make adjustments to your settings - and to practice using the system. (Your test videos will not be saved, nor will they be sent to Carnegie Mellon University.)
  • When you begin the actual interview, you will be asked one (1) randomly-selected question.
  • You will have 90 seconds to read the question on the screen and decide how to answer.
  • After the 90 seconds of reading/preparation time ends, your computer will automatically begin to record your answer.
  • You will have 90 seconds to provide your answer. You will have only one chance to answer the question.
  • You will not be able to pause the interview after it starts.
  • You may stop recording if you finish answering the question in less than 90 seconds. (It is fine to provide a shorter answer!)
  • You will not be able to re-record any answer after the interview begins.
  • You will be able to watch your response.
  • You will only be able to complete the interview one time.
  • As with a live interview, you will not be able to re-record your answer. Please approach the video interview like a "real", live online video or in-person interview.

After you complete your video interview, it will automatically be added to your application for review by the admissions committee.


All applicants are required to have two (2) recommendation forms submitted on their behalf. Recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential. At least one (1) of your recommenders should know you in a professional setting (full-time employment, internship, part-time employment, research, non-academic extracurricular activity, etc.) You may opt to have up to three (3) recommendations submitted in support of your application.

Please note: recommendations from friends, family members or acquaintances, and other sources not able to evaluate applicants on an academic or professional basis, will not be accepted.

Letters of recommendation must be written in or translated into English. Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application system by your recommenders. We do not accept recommendations submitted on paper.

You must enter the names and contact information for each recommendation provider into the application system. Prior to requesting that your recommendation providers complete the recommendation online, be sure to check with them to ensure that you register them with the correct (preferably professional) email address. We will then contact the recommenders directly via email to provide them with detailed instructions on submitting their recommendations via the online system.

Please let your recommenders know that they may upload an electronic document or scanned copy of a paper-based recommendation using the online system rather than using the text box response fields (but they must upload their recommendation via the online system).

All recommenders will be asked to provide brief answers to the following questions. Recommenders may skip questions that are not applicable to what they know about you.

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? Please clearly indicate your position in relation to the applicant (i.e. - professor/instructor, direct supervisor, mentor, advisor, colleague, etc.).
  • Do you believe the applicant gives her/his maximum effort and perseveres towards the stated goal when given a task, assignment or project? Please provide details to support your answer.
  • Discuss how the applicant works in a group (including interpersonal skills) and/or functions in a leadership role.
  • Describe the applicant's ability to communicate in oral and written form.
  • Provide an example where the applicant worked to solve a problem or handled a difficult situation in a professional manner.
  • If you are able, please describe the applicant's understanding of, background in and commitment to this academic/professional field.
  • Please share any additional information about the applicant’s personal qualities, maturity, academic or professional record which you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee.
  • Please select your overall recommendation regarding this individual's application for admission for graduate study at Carnegie Mellon University. (Recommenders must select one of these responses: Strongly recommend, Recommend, Recommend with reservations, Do not recommend.)


Bachelor's Degree Transcript from Institutions Within Australia or the United States

If your bachelor's degree was or will be confirmed by an institution located within Australia or the United States, your official transcript can be sent to Heinz College by any of the following delivery methods:

  • Electronic Delivery
    If possible, we prefer electronic delivery of transcripts. The transcripts should be sent directly from the registrar of the institution (if your institution offers this service) to heinz-transcripts@andrew.cmu.edu.

    When ordering a transcript for a school that utilizes the Parchment + Credential Solutions (formerly known as eSCRIP) online process, please be sure to select the following recipient:

    Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College Graduate Admission
  • U.S. Postal Service
    Those transcripts that are mailed to Heinz College must be enclosed in a sealed, unopened envelope, signed across the seal by the registrar's office, and mailed to the following address:

    Heinz College Admissions
    Carnegie Mellon University
    5000 Forbes Avenue, HBH 1101
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bachelor's Degree Transcript from Institutions Outside Australia or the United States

If your undergraduate degree is from an institution that is located outside of the United States, you must use an academic credential verification service to obtain a course-by-course report. The academic credential verification service will then send this course-by-course report directly to Heinz College either electronically or by mail.

Please do not mail your transcript to Heinz College. We will only accept transcripts that we receive directly from an academic credential verification services.

We recommend that you use one of the following four academic credential verification services to submit your course-by-course report to Heinz College. Please note: Course-by-course reports must include a U.S. equivalent GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Please see below for detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use each service, or additional instructions on what to do if you choose to use a different credential verification service.

  • Other Credential Verification Services

    We will accept evaluations from any NACES member. If you choose a credential verification service not listed above, you will need to provide them with our mailing or electronic address, depending upon how they choose to send your report to the Heinz Admissions Office. Our contact information is listed below:

    Electronic Delivery:
    Mailing Address: Heinz College Admissions Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, HbH 1101 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

Other Schools Attended

As an applicant, you are required to list on your application for admission all colleges or universities where you completed courses relevant to the program to which you are applying at Heinz College. For any school where you took relevant classes other than your undergraduate degree awarding institution, you must upload an unofficial transcript to the online application system.

Each unofficial transcript should clearly indicate the titles of all courses taken, grades or marks received, and the date and title of any degree(s) conferred. In addition to the official transcript from the undergraduate degree awarding institution, we must receive the unofficial transcripts for each of the other schools listed before your application will be considered complete.

Verification Requirement for all Enrolling Students

CMU Australia is committed to ensuring the integrity of our admissions process and the reputation of our educational programs. We also want to protect and enhance the value of the degrees that we confer. All enrolling students will be required to successfully complete a verification process of their admission application materials. The verification process will be completed by an outside, independent contractor hired by the Heinz College and Carnegie Mellon University.

The purpose of this background check is to protect all stakeholders of the program (students, faculty, staff and alumni) from those who would falsify their backgrounds to gain an unfair advantage in the admissions process. We believe that this verification (required of all master’s students) will support our efforts to ensure integrity throughout the program. Upon admission, you will receive more details about this process.

Students who have accepted the offer of admission will be contacted by the Office of Admissions regarding the verification process prior to the start of their first semester.

Heinz College is committed to ensuring the integrity of our admission process and the reputation of our educational programs. We also want to protect and enhance the value of the degrees that we confer. Because of this commitment, we have hired a third-party provider, ProVerify, Powered by Application Verification, Inc., to verify the information provided in each student's application for admission. The purpose of this verification process is to protect all stakeholders of the program (including students, faculty, staff and alumni) from those who would falsify their backgrounds to gain an unfair advantage in the admission process.

We view this process as a partnership with our incoming students in maintaining the high ethical and professional standards of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Our verification process includes validating academic information, professional work experience including duration/title (we do not verify salary data), and recommendation information.

Steps to Complete the Verification Process

  1. Complete Electronic Disclosure and Authorization Form

    An email message from "Carnegie Mellon University - Heinz College <automation@instascreen.net – Subject Line “Credential Verification Disclosure and Authorization Form” will be sent to the email address* you provided in your application for admission. This email will include a link to an electronic Disclosure and Authorization Form. Please complete this form within 14 days after receiving the email, as the link will expire after a short period of time.

    *Please notify Heinz College's Office of Admission if the email address you provided within your application for admission has changed.

    When will I get this form? If you are enrolling in the Fall semester, You will receive the release form during the month of May. If you are enrolling in the Spring Semester, you will receive the release form during the month of December.

    Please Note: ProVerify will contact your recent employers and application recommenders shortly after you submit the Disclosure and Authorization Form. We recommend that you make your recent employers and recommenders aware of this in advance.
  2. Await Credential Verification

    After receiving your release form, ProVerify will begin verifying information that was provided on the application for admission. It is expected that ProVerify will contact you directly if they need assistance in completing portions of the verification.

    PLEASE NOTE: If ProVerify is unable to verify the completion of your bachelor’s degree and/or Heinz College’s Office of Admission does not receive an official copy of your final transcript from your bachelor’s degree granting institution by the end of your first semester as a Heinz College student, you will be placed on suspension for the next semester.
  3. Receive your Verification Results from Heinz College

    ProVerify will complete the verification and report your status back to Heinz College. Upon receiving the results of your verification report, Heinz College will inform you of your completion status via email. All verification reports remain active and open, until you are otherwise notified by the Heinz Admissions office.


Why do I need to send the release? I thought the university already had the right to verify my application?

Heinz College does have the right to verify the information in your application. The release protects you and the Heinz College by ensuring that our vendor, ProVerify, complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Will my employer(s) be contacted by ProVerify? I haven't yet told them about my graduate school plans.

Please contact ProVerify with an approximate timeline and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. Please note that ProVerify is required to contact your employers before they submit the final report to Heinz College. The completion of this step is essential for us to start enrolling you as a graduate student.

Is my student status affected by the pending verification?

No. You are an accepted student at the Heinz College.

Will my Visa application status be affected by the pending verification?

No. You are an accepted student at the Heinz College.

I tried to be as accurate as possible on the application. However, I just realized that some of my dates may be a little bit off. Is this a problem?

Probably not. While all the information on the application should be accurate, we do understand that minor discrepancies sometimes occur. Heinz College will review all the findings and give you an opportunity to explain the discrepancy.

Additional Details

In most cases, you will not need to do anything other than submitting your release. However, in some cases, you may be asked to provide supporting documentation (such as a your SSN, diploma/degree, or a past pay slip) to facilitate the verifications process. All requests for supporting documentation will come via email directly from ProVerify representatives (via phone or an email address ending in '@applicationverification.com' and will only be asked if the originating materials submitted cannot be used to complete the process. If you wish to verify the authenticity of any request you receive, you may contact ProVerify's customer service directly at +1-412-349-6001 / processing@applicationverification.com or reach out to the Office of Admissions at Heinz College directly at 412-268-2164 / hnzadmit@andrew.cmu.edu.

Please know that all inquiries may not be completed via email. You may be required to email, call, or fax additional information as needed during the verification process, including a second release form with a "wet signature." We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If ProVerify or Heinz College contacts you to request additional information, please understand we are working to complete your verification as quickly as possible.

Your timely response is appreciated. Carnegie Mellon University and the Heinz College reserve the right to revoke the admission or terminate enrollment of any student who does not successfully complete the Credentials Verification Process.

About ProVerify

ProVerify respects your privacy by operating in full compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA). To learn more about ProVerify, visit http://www.applicationverification.com/our-company/.

Entry requirements for the global programs

MISM Global

MSPPM Global