Carnegie Mellon University

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants to the MSE program for professionals have:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree in computer science or an engineering-related discipline that includes coursework in discrete mathematics or statistics, data structures and algorithms.
  • Completed at least two years of software development experience acquired through full-time positions as a junior or senior software engineer, quality analyst, or architect, among other positions.

In 2020, admitted students had an average of 4 years of industry experience in software engineering-related, full-time positions. In addition, admitted students typically have an average 156 GRE verbal score, and 167 GRE quantitative score. Admitted international students typically average a 103 total TOEFL score. That year, the program admitted 39% women and 61% men. 

Note: The scores provided are average scores of admitted applicants. There is no cutoff for scores, rather, the admissions committee will be viewing applications holistically and considering all of the components together and not solely rely on the test scores.