Doctoral Admissions

Ph.D. in Computer Science (Pittsburgh)

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If you are applying to the Ph.D. program in Computer Science in either Pittsburgh or Portugal you must apply online. Instructions for each program are available below. 

NOTE: The application is currently closed and will re-open August 17, 2020

    • Early (reduced fee) Application Deadline: November 9, 2020 (12 p.m. EST)
    • Final (full fee) Application Dealine: December 10, 2020 (12 p.m. EST)
    • If you need to retake your TOEFL for this application then you must take the exam no later than November 5th, 2020
      • We will not accept any exam scores taken past the date of November 5th, 2020 because the test scores will not be reportable until after our December 10th, 2020 deadline.
    • If you submit your application and pay the required fee before the early deadline the application fee is $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program.
    • Once the early deadline has passed, the application fee increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program.
    • If you are unable to pay the application fee, the School of Computer Science will consider a fee waiver request. Please click here for more information.

Required Documents & Support Materials

You must submit the following with your application:
  • For Fall 2020 applications, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are optional. If you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to submit your score. If you are not submitting a score, other parts of your application will be used evaluate your preparation for our PhD program.
  • If your native language is not English, then you must submit a TOEFL. A successful applicant should have a total iBT score of at least 100.
  • A PDF of your most recent transcript from each college and/or university you attended, even if no degree was granted.
  • Your curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  • Your Statement of Purpose — a concise one- or two-page essay describing your primary research interests, related experiences and objective in pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from faculty or recent employers.

Applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the final deadline of December 10, 2020. You may continue to edit your application until the final deadline.

For more on the application process, check out the SCS Online Graduate Application Instructions.

For general questions about applying to doctoral programs in the School of Computer Science email: applygrad@cs.cmu.edu

Ph.D. in Computer Science (Portugal)

The dual-degree Portugal Ph.D. program uses the School of Computer Science online application for admissions. Students are admitted for the fall semester and cannot begin in the spring.

    • Early (reduced fee) Application Deadline: November 9, 2020 (12 p.m. EST)
    • Final (full fee) Application Dealine: December 10, 2020 (12 p.m. EST)
    • If you need to retake your TOEFL for this application then you must take the exam no later than November 5th, 2020. 
      • We will not accept any exam scores taken past the date of November 5th, 2020 because the test scores will not be reportable until after our December 10th, 2020 deadline.
    • Reduced Early Fee: $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program.
    • Full Fee: $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program.

Required Documents & Support Materials

You must submit the following with your application:
  • Select "Ph.D. in Computer Science/Dual Degree Portugal" in the application.
  • For Fall 2020 applications, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are optional. If you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to submit your score. If you are not submitting a score, other parts of your application will be used evaluate your preparation for our PhD program.
  • If your native language is not English, then you must submit a TOEFL. A successful applicant should have a total iBT score of at least 100.
  • A PDF of your most recent transcript from each college and/or university you attended, even if no degree was granted.
  • Your curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  • Your Statement of Purpose — a concise one- or two-page essay describing your primary research interests, related experiences and objective in pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science. In this statement of purpose, you must also indicate the Portuguese institution you are applying to.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from faculty or recent employers.
You must also apply to one of these Portuguese institutions, following their application guidelines:

For more on the application process, check out the SCS Online Graduate Application Instructions.