Undergraduate Application Instructions

To apply for admission in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  1. Fill out the Common Application
  2. Check the box on the application next to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT), also called the College of Engineering
  3. Indicate that you prefer the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within CIT
  4. Students are admitted to CIT either with or without an option for ECE

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more information.

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Graduate Application Instructions

Visit our Graduate Online Application to begin or resume your application to our graduate program.



Most applications are due by the following dates:

  • Spring admission: October 1
  • Fall admission: December 31

Please review the Graduate Application Deadlines section to view the full application periods for each program.

Admission is based upon a student's overall academic and research backgrounds, GRE and TOEFL scores, academic transcripts, statement of purpose and recommendation letters and not upon financial need.

GRE Test

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants.


All international applicants whose “native” language is not English must take the TOEFL Exam. A minimum overall score of 84, with minimum sub-scores of IBT-R 22, IBT-L 22, IBT-S 18, and IBT-W 22 are required. The scores must be received by the application deadline for the semester in which students are applying. The TOEFL is not required if the applicant has graduated from a U.S. university, or if the applicant is a CMU student or alum.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is awarded upon admission in the form of research assistantships based upon departmental resources and available openings. If available, financial aid is awarded for both the Fall and Spring semesters. There is not a special financial aid form.

Virtually all graduate students in the research intensive Ph.D. program receive financial aid, in the form of fellowships, that cover tuition, fees, and reasonable living expenses for the entire year. Thus, students can concentrate on course work and research without financial concerns or interruptions. All applicants are considered for financial aid. No special form is required. All full-time students in the Ph.D. program engage in research under faculty guidance.

Students in the Professional M.S. program are ineligible to receive departmental fellowships that cover tuition and living expenses. Students in this course-intensive program are primarily self-supported, but may be eligible to receive partial financial support in the form of hourly wages to support the teaching and research missions of the department. Students in the Professional M.S. program must complete at least two academic semesters before they may be admitted into the Ph.D. program. Only students in the Ph.D. program can be considered for departmental financial support in the form of tuition and stipend.

Application Fee

Please note that a non-refundable application fee of $70 is required of all applicants and only those applications received with the fee will be processed. Applications received without the fee will not be processed and the application fee cannot be waived.

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Please see the FAQ.

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Post-Graduation First Destination Outcomes

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