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 regular February 1 application deadline. For eligible students, the Early Decision deadline is November 1.

The online application can be accessed through the Common Application

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Online application form

Applications for Fall 2020 entry opened on September 1st, 2019. The online application can be accessed through the Common Application.

Writing Supplement Essay

Your writing supplement 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

All transcripts and official results are submitted by your college counselor, principal or academic advisor through the Common Application. Please invite your school official through the feature inside your CMU Qatar Common App.

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. Please see the testing schedule for all available SAT and ACT dates.

Note about November standardized tests for Early Decision applicants: Students can take standardized testing in the month of November and still apply Early Decision. Please make sure you’ve indicated what future tests you’re taking on the Common Application Form and rush report your scores. The Office of Admission will then wait until these scores are received before making an admission decision. December testing is not accepted for Early Decision consideration.


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.

In addition to the ACT International, students resident in Qatar have the option to take the ACT Residual test. The test is taken at Education City (EC) and the results are only available to participating institutions within EC itself. You can register and make USD110 payment through the links below:

Seats are limited and the deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the test date. You can only sit for one ACT Residual exam within 60 days.

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.


  • CMU-Q schedules interviews Sunday through Thursday from mid-September to the end of January.
  • As slots in January are limited, we operate an interview waiting list system. If you would like to be considered for a January interview, please therefore submit the interview request form via the link below.
  • We regret that we are not able to accommodate telephone or Skype interview requests from students who are not able to attend an in-person interview in Qatar.
  • 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.

Request an On-Campus Interview (residents of Qatar only)

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Important application dates

Early decision
November 1
Regular application
February 1