The deadline for Fall 2021 applications was February 1. Applications for Fall 2022 will open on September 1.

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What to expect after applying

After you submit your application through the Common Application, you’ll receive an email confirmation from us. Please note that we don’t start sending application acknowledgment emails until after the application closing date, so if you submit your application very early, you may not receive the email until this time.

Information about applying

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Online application form

The deadline for Fall 2021 applications was February 1. Applications for Fall 2022 will open on September 1.

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 (optional)

CMU-Q is ACT/SAT optional for Fall 2021 applications. However, we require the IELTS/TOEFL for all students, unless they meet our waiver policy (as detailed under the ‘Official TOEFL or IELTS results’ section).

If you choose to submit ACT/SAT scores with your application, CMU-Q must receive all scores by the application deadline of February 1. The one exception is that we do accept scores for an ACT test taken in February.

Please see the College Board website for information on test dates and locations.

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

Read more about our recommended SAT II Subject Tests

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.

 

ACT

Please see the ACT website for information on test dates and locations.

Use code 5269 for official ACT score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

 

Official TOEFL or IELTS results

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

TOEFL

For Fall 2021 admission, CMU-Q will be accepting both the TOEFL iBT and the new TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. Please follow the links for further information on test dates and locations.

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

IELTS

For Fall 2021 admission, CMU-Q will be accepting the both the IELTS Academics and IELTS for UKVI and the new IELTS Indicator. Please follow the links for further information on test dates and locations. Please note, the IELTS Indicator is currently not offered by the British Council to residents in Qatar.

You can also register for a test directly with the British Council office in your country. In Qatar, the British Council office in Doha can be contacted on 800 5501.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if an applicant qualifies under our waiver policy.

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 ALL of the below, you may send an email to the Office of Admission describing in detail your language background:

  • Main/primary language from birth used at home with parents
  • The language of instruction at your school
  • Your stated first language in the Common App
  • An official language of the country of which you are a citizen

All Option 2 waiver requests will be considered by the Director of Admission. If approved, the information will be verified with your high school counselor.

 

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.

Interview (optional)

CMU-Q schedules interviews Sunday through Thursday from mid-September to the end of January.
The interview process for Fall 2021 admission is now closed. If you have not had the opportunity to interview, please do not worry. We admit many students each year who have not attended an interview.

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Important application dates

Early decision
November 1
Regular application
February 1