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Applicants who are in their final year of secondary school and planning to start university in the fall semester must apply and submit all required materials by the March 1 application deadline.

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

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On-line application form

The application deadline has passed for August 2017 entry.

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 essay is part of the online application form. Instructions are provided in the online application.

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 or ACT results. Applicants who do not submit official test results will not be considered for admission.


SAT Subject Test results are highly recommended, although not required. Recommended subject tests for each program are, in order of importance:

  • Biological Sciences: Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Math I or II
  • Business Administration: Math I or II, an additional science, a third subject of your choice
  • Computer Science: Math I or II, Physics, an additional science, preferably Chemistry or Molecular Biology
  • Information Systems: Math I or II, an additional science, a third subject of your choice.

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



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 300 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.

Students may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they qualify for one of the following two waiver options.

Option 1: Waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement through SAT/ACT score

If you have a score of 600 or higher on the SAT Reading and Writing Section OR a score of 26 or higher on both the English and Reading sections of the ACT, you will automatically qualify for a waiver from the TOEFL/IELTS. There is no need to initiate a request for waiver through the Office of Admission.

Option 2: Waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement through primary and native language confirmation

If English is the main/primary language used at home with parents AND the language of instruction at your school, you may send an email to the Office of Admission describing in detail your language background, including languages used at home with parents and the language of instruction from years K through 12

For Option 2, all waiver requests must receive approval from the Director of Admission. The information will be verified with your secondary school.


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.

Letters of recommendation

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.

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

Download counselor recommendation letter


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

Download teacher recommendation letter



Application fee

A non-refundable 250 QAR ($70 USD) application fee must be paid online through credit card upon completion of the online application, or in cash (QAR) at the campus.


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

  • 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.

Important Admission Dates