Doctoral Program Admissions

Those interested in applying to either the PhD or DDes program may begin the application process here. This page provides information and a timeline relevant to applying to the doctoral programs. Below are links to an external site where application materials can be uploaded.

Before beginning the application process, please review the PhD and DDes program sections of this website thoroughly. The links below take you to pages that provide detailed information about each doctoral degree program, outline qualifications for the degree and provide instructions for how to develop your application package. If you have not done so, please refer to these links before continuing:

PhD Program information

DDes Program information

Admissions Timeline

There are several important dates to note when applying to the doctoral programs:

December 1

December 1st each year, the system opens to accept applications for both the PhD and DDes programs. We accept applications once a year, for admission to the following fall semester. We do not accept transfer credits.

February 1

All applications in completed form must be submitted by February 1. Remember to plan ahead so that all components reach us on time. Schedule your TOEFL or GRE exams so that we receive your scores by January 15. Applications without these scores will not be considered. 

May 2017

Notification letters are sent to applicants. 

August 2017

First PhD/DDes intensive is held the week prior to the start of term.

Fall semester begins.

Submit Your Application Here!

On December 1 of each year, the links below will become active and will connect to a site where you may upload your application package.

Submit a PhD Application >>

Submit a DDes Application* >>

Important Note Regarding Distance Education

Residents of Certain States are Ineligible to Apply for Enrollment in Courses and Programs Delivered via Distance Education: For Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education only: Carnegie Mellon is not able to accept students who are residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota for enrollment in  courses and programs delivered via distance education because it has not applied for or received authorization from these states to deliver courses and programs via distance education to residents of these states. Carnegie Mellon has not currently applied for or received authorization from these states because Carnegie Mellon has determined that the administrative and other requirements to obtain and maintain authorization for its distance education courses and programs that would otherwise be delivered to residents of these states, including the fees charged by these states and the additional administrative costs associated with doing so, are disproportionately burdensome, excessive and/or prohibitive, at least at the present time.

ATTN Residents of AL, AR and MN: If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas or Minnesota, you are not eligible to apply for enrollment in Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education. Note, however that residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota are eligible to apply for enrollment in all other Carnegie Mellon courses and programs, including those offered at any of its various campus locations.

Inquiries regarding the above may be directed to: 

Director of Enrollment Services
Carnegie Mellon University
Warner Hall A19
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Telephone:  412.268.5399