Admission in Software Engineering

Monday, October 30, 2006

Admission Ph.D. in Software Engineering


Carnegie Mellon has established the Institute for Software Research International (ISRI) in the School of Computer Science (SCS) as a center of excellence for long-term interdisciplinary fundamental research, apprenticeship-based education and training, and international collaborations to address the challenge of designing, developing, integrating, validating, and maintaining practical, large-scale, high-quality software-intensive systems. The creation of the ISRI is a natural extension of Carnegie Mellon's long-standing commitment to research in software systems.

ISRI research activities include experimental prototyping, empirical modeling, codification of experience, formal analysis, creating design/development strategies for modern software, and developing public policy positions. The educational activities are tightly integrated with the research and demonstration projects.
ISRI's Software Engineering PhD program infuses the research agenda with deep appreciation of the practical issues of developing product-quality software-intensive systems.

Ph.D. Admission procedure:
Read the application instructions carefully and make certain that you have met all requirements before you submit your application. All materials must be received by the Admissions Committee no later than December 15, 2006 in order to be considered for admission for the Fall (2007) semester. Complete the online PhD application.Link to online applicationCheck the box on the form for PhD in Software Engineering

Prepare a Statement of Purpose to upload.
o Part I. Elaborate your professional resume with a description of how your industrial or commercial experience prepares you for this PhD program. For example, outline the parts of the software life cycle with which you have experience or exposure.
o Part II. State your objective in pursuing a PhD and why you are applying to Carnegie Mellon.
o Part III. Describe your background fields related to your objective. List here any relevant industrial or commercial experience.
o Part IV. Include any additional information you wish to supply to the admissions committee.
Upload your current resume, including a summary of research experience and a list of publications. Include copies of any publications (in English only) that you may have.
Request official transcripts to be mailed to us. Have official transcripts submitted directly to us from all undergraduate or graduate training.
Submit names of three recommenders. Recommendations should be completed by people who know you and your work.

Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have your scores sent to SCS (Institution Code: 2074, Department Code: 0402). Applications will not be processed without current GRE scores. Be sure to report your scores informally, on the application, as well as through the Educational Testing Service. To ensure that the GRE scores reach us in time, the GRE must be taken by December. Please refer to the GRE testing schedule to determine test dates. No application will be considered complete until we have received these scores. GRE scores will not be accepted if more than five years old.

Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the scores sent directly to SCS (Institution Code: 2074, Department Code: 78). Scores should also be reported informally on the application. All students whose native language is not English must either take this examination, or have earned an undergraduate degree from a U.S. educational institution.

Software Engineering is the branch of computer science that is focused on the application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation, and maintenance of software systems. Inclusive of computer programming but going well beyond, Software Engineering is concerned with methodologies, techniques and tools to manage the entire software life cycle, including development of requirements, specifications, testing, maintenance, and project management. The advent of Software Engineering is a natural result of the continuous quest for software quality and reusability and the maturing of the software development industry.

This document describes the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, the Master of Science in Software Engineering, and the Ph.D. in Software Engineering. The online version of this document is official and available on the departmental web page (

Admissions Requirements:

1. B.S. or equivalent degree from an accredited university or college with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Significant fulltime software development professional experience may offset this GPA requirement at the rate of 0.1 in GPA for each two years of such experience to a maximum of 0.4 in GPA;

2. Eighteen semester hours or equivalent in Computer Science from an accredited institution, or at least three years of fulltime professional software engineering experience;

3. Programming skill in at least one higher level programming language, preferably C++, C#, or Java.


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