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Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar welcomes applications from post-secondary students who would like to transfer. A minimum of two semesters of university-level coursework is required for all transfer applicants.

Application Requirements

Application requirements such as secondary school transcript submission, standardized testing, and counselor and teacher recommendations are the same as for first-year applicants. Both secondary school and university transcripts are necessary to complete a transfer application, along with the QAR 250 (or $70 USD) application fee.

Transferring credit

A formal transfer credit evaluation will be given to admitted students shortly after the admission offer is made. Transfer credit is considered on an individual basis, and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar may award elective credit for courses with no Carnegie Mellon equivalent.

Transfer applicants should be prepared to submit course syllabi for the university courses they have taken.  Courses in which the student is enrolled during the application process will be reviewed, but granted credit only when successfully completed.

Grades are not transferred—only credit.  Sometimes transfer students will be required to take specific courses, accumulating more courses than students who complete their entire degree at CMU-Q.

The time it takes to graduate will depend on completing CMU-Q’s degree requirements, not on the class standing at a previous institution.

Expectations for Awarded Transfer Credit

Transfer students should expect to do a minimum of two years of study in order to receive a Carnegie Mellon University degree, and frequently all four years. Transfer students typically receive a credit transfer of between zero – 50% of courses taken. If a student has not taken certain coursework, such as Calculus, at their previous university, they may be required to do 3.5 – 4 years of study at CMU, even if they have done 1-2 years of university study and some of their courses successfully transfer. Because Carnegie Mellon University focuses on analytical evaluation of study subjects, certain courses, such as Calculus and the sciences, serve as major prerequisites for many other courses. Without this coursework, it could a student’s time to graduate may be significantly increased.

An evaluation of the number of courses that will transfer will be given to the student at such time as a student receives admission, should they gain admission, so that the student will have time to evaluate whether it is to their best interest to pursue matriculation to Carnegie Mellon University.

Financial Aid for transfer students

Transfer students can receive financial aid from Qatar Foundation.

Application deadlines for transfer students

The deadlines to submit all application materials:

  • February 1 for fall semester (August) admission