Applicants who are in their final year of secondary school and planning to start university in the fall semester (August 2018) must apply and submit all required materials by the regular March 1 application deadline. For eligible students, the Early Decision deadline is November 1.

To complete your application, please submit all of the following items to the Office of Admission.

Carnegie Mellon University attracts a certain type of student: motivated, inventive, and driven to make a difference. Students come to Carnegie Mellon to learn, create and innovate with the very best. They leave with the passion, connections, credentials and lifelong friends who will help them change the world.

What will your day at CMU-Q look like?


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On-line application form

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is a new member of the Common Application.  Please complete the online application form through the Common App.

Personal essay

Your personal essay will give us a sense of who you are as a person, beyond your grades and test scores. The statement also demonstrates your ability to organize thoughts and express yourself.

The required essay question can be found inside the Common Application, as part of CMU Qatar’s Writing Supplement section. While the Writing Supplement essay is required, the essay that is included in the common part of the Common Application is not required, but optional for the applicant to submit.

Official and complete academic transcripts

Your academic transcripts show us your secondary school performance, which is the main factor in our admission decision. We pay close attention to the curriculum rigor and the grades you have earned.

We require:

  • Transcripts from all secondary schools attended, including all courses taken for grades 10, 11, and 12
  • Official standardized test results, such as British IGCSE’s, AS, and A-Levels, Indian Standard X and XII board exam results
  • Predicted grades if available
  • Transfer applicants should include official transcripts from their current university

Official SAT or ACT results

The SAT or ACT scores add to our knowledge of your ability. We do not make decisions simply on the basis of test scores; rather, we consider your scores combined with your high school record to evaluate you academically.

All applicants, whether transfer or freshman, must submit official SAT Residual Test (SAT I) or ACT results. Applicants who do not submit official test results will not be considered for admission.


Use code 4246 for official SAT score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

Separately from our SAT or ACT requirement, SAT Subject Test results (SAT II) are highly recommended but not required.



Use code 5269 for official ACT score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Qatar residents can also register for the ACT Residual exam in Education City by coming in person to the Office of Admission. You will need your Qatar ID or passport and QAR 400 cash.

Please see the testing schedule for testing dates.

Official TOEFL or IELTS results

To demonstrate your proficiency in English, CMU-Q requires applicants to submit official TOEFL or IELTS results.


Use code 4246 for TOEFL score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon.


You can register directly with the British Council office in your country. In Qatar, the British Council office in Doha can be reached at 4425 1888.

Please see the testing schedule for testing dates.

Students may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they qualify under our waiver policy.

Letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation from a college counselor, principal, or academic advisor is required.

Additionally, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor is required.

All recommendation letters are submitted by your recommenders through the Common Application.  Please invite your recommenders through the feature inside your CMU Qatar Common App.

We are looking for information that will help us know you better as a person and as a student. Recommendations from school counselors, advisors, headmasters or teachers provide insight regarding your academic potential and character.

Passport and biographical information

A copy of your passport must be uploaded to our Passport and Biographical Page.  This requirement can only be submitted electronically through the page, as paper copies will not be accepted by paper mail or at the Office of Admission.

Please note:  Your Common Application ID is also required to submit this form.  This form can be submitted after starting your Common Application to CMU Qatar.  The Common App ID is provided immediately when starting the Common Application.

Application fee

A non-refundable $70 USD application fee must be paid online through credit card upon completion of the Common Application.  If needed, a fee waiver can be requested inside the Common App.


Interviews are strongly recommended, although not required, for applying to CMU-Q.

February Update:  Due to the high number of requests received, we are currently running a waitlist for interviews. You may still request an interview through the form, and some interviews will be granted as space allows.

  • CMU-Q schedules interviews Sunday through Thursday throughout the year, except during March and April.
  • Students are encouraged to schedule interviews early, as slots in February fill quickly.
  • Only a small number of international interview requests are granted. If we can meet your request, we will contact you via email to arrange a suitable time for a skype or phone interview.
  • If your interview request is declined, please do not assume that your application for admission will also be declined. We are not able to grant all interview requests.  Many students are admitted each year without participation in an interview.