How to Apply - Application Requirements

Applicants who are currently in their final year of secondary school and planning to start university in August (Fall semester), will apply & submit all required materials by our March 1 application deadline.

Your application is not complete until the following items have been submitted to the Office of Admission:

  • On-line Application Form:  The application deadline has passed. The online application for the 2016-2017 cycle will be going live in September.
  • Personal Essay: This is part of the online application form. The essay questions and instructions are provided in the online application.
  • Official and Complete Academic Transcripts- Transcripts from all secondary schools attended including all courses taken for grades 10, 11, and 12 as well as any official standardized test results (i.e. British IGCSE's, AS, and A-Levels, Indian Standard X and XII board exam results, etc.) and predicted grades if available. Transfer applicants should also include official transcripts from their current university.
  • Official SAT or ACT results: All applicants, whether transfer or freshmen, must submit official SAT or ACT results. Applicants who fail to submit official test results will not be considered for admission.
    • Click here to register for the SAT: Use code 4246 for official SAT score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon Qatar.
    • Click here to register for the ACT: Use code 5269 for official ACT score reports to be sent to Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Qatar residents can also register for the Residual ACT exams in Education City by coming in person to the Office of Admission. Bring your Qatar ID or passport and QAR 300 in cash to register.
    • SAT Subject Test results are also recommended, but not required, for all applicants. For more information, please see our SAT Subject Tests page
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results:
  • One letter of recommendation from a college counselor, principal, or academic advisor.  Download the counselor recommendation form here.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.  Download the teacher recommendation form here.
  • Application Fee: non-refundable 250 QAR ($70 USD) is paid online through credit card upon completion of the online application, or in cash (QAR) by visiting campus.
  • Interviews are strongly recommended, but not required, for all applicants. To request an interview (before Mar 1 deadline) or learn more about our interview process, please access our Interview page.

Download a printer-friendly version of the application checklist.  Also, learn more about how we select students and our frequently asked questions by visiting our FAQ page.



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