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.

    • Early (reduced fee) Application Deadline: December 2, 2019 (12 PM Eastern)
    • Final (full fee) Application Dealine: December 12, 2019 (12 PM Eastern)
    • 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.

Application accommodations for applicants from Iran

If you are an applicant with Iran as your current address and need additional time to complete your application materials you should begin your application online as soon as possible, and contact our Application Coordinator at applygrad@cs.cmu.edu to request an extension.  

We will entirely waive the application fee only for students from Iran, allowing you to apply by our later date (December 12, 2019); we will also allow you to submit your TOEFL and GRE scores late. You should try to get the scores to us by the end of 2019, if possible.

We’ll continue to follow the internet situation in Iran, and may make further accommodations later if necessary and feasible.

Required Documents & Support Materials

You must submit the following with your application:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • 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 12, 2019. You may continue to edit your application until the final deadline of noon (12 p.m.) EST December 12.

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: December 2, 2019 (12 PM Eastern)
    • Final (full fee) Application Dealine: December 12, 2019 (12 PM Eastern)
    • 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 Portugual" in the application.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • 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.