Graduate Admissions FAQ
Deadlines and Rolling Admissions
Because we have rolling admissions, you may certainly submit your application at any time, but preference is given to those who honor the stated deadline. Please note: you must submit your application by the stated deadline to be considered for financial assistance from our School.
If we do not have enough time to process your application for the term indicated on your application and you are otherwise admissible, we may offer you admission to the next available entry term.
Please see priority deadlines below.
Deadlines for Domestic Applicants
|Degree Program||Fall Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|MS in Computer Science*||January 15th||September 15th|
|PhD in Computer Science
||January 15th||September 15th|
|MS in Information Science*||July 15th||November 1st||March 15th|
|PhD in Information Science
|MS in Intelligent Systems||January 15th|
|PhD in Intelligent Systems
|Master of Library and Information Science*||January 15th|
|Master of Library of Information Science Online*
|PhD Library and Information Science||January 15th|
|MS in Telecommunications*
||January 15th||September 15th||January 15th|
|PhD in Information Science with a concentration in Telecommunications
||January 15th||September 15th||January 15th|
*Rolling Admissions. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by these deadlines.
Deadlines for International Students
|Term of Admission||Admission Application||Deadline by which you must accept your offer of admission|
|Fall||January 15th||Between April 15th and June 15th|
|Spring||June 15th||By November 1st|
|Summer||December 15th||By March 1st|
Financial Assistance Questions
While we accept applications to our degree programs on a rolling basis, you must submit your application by January 15th (for Fall term entry) to be considered for financial support from the School of Computing and Information (other financial aid sources have different deadlines). In addition, please include the following items in your application BEFORE submitting:
- Optional essays required for individual scholarships of interest to you (if you forgot to complete these optional essays or need to make any corrections/updates to these materials, please make sure to fill out this form by January 15th)
Please confirm with your recommenders that they will submit their recommendations to us by the application deadline for your intended term of entry.
All applicants are informed of funding decisions via email and/or letter; this communication will be separate from your offer of admission. Each funding source has a separate review processes and notifications from each may be communicated separately. Please note: Notifications regarding financial support may be received several months after the admissions decision.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Application Materials Questions
We need you to upload transcripts (resolution of 200 dpi or greater, see upload instructions for details) of all of your prior academic studies regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred. Specifically:
- Please upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from every U.S. college or university you have attended, whether or not you earned a degree from that institution.
- For institutions outside of the U.S., you will need to upload official documentation of both grades and degree status (whether or not you graduated, including the date of graduation). This typically involves providing us with both an official transcript (for grades) and a degree/graduation certificate or enrollment certificate (for proof of enrollment and graduation status). Please make sure to upload official English-language translations of all pertinent transcripts and degree/graduation certificates or enrollment certificates if not originally issued in English.
- If you haven’t yet completed your prerequisite degree but will prior to the start of your intended graduate studies, you will need to upload official documents to our application system now that are in progress (if you are admitted, we will require proof of graduation before the start of your studies).
- Note that each document you upload must be a copy of an official transcript, degree/graduate certificate, and/or enrollment certificate issued by your university (generated by the Registrar’s Office or other appropriate office of your institution). A copy of anything printed by you (a self-reported transcript or a student grade report) is not acceptable.
Please note: You are not required to submit an official copy of your transcripts on paper at this time. If you are admitted to our School and accept our offer, you will then be required to submit an OFFICIAL copy of your transcripts from EACH institution at which you studied (including those where you did not earn a degree). Any differences that indicate falsification of your record will be grounds for revocation of your admission.
When do I send my official transcripts?
If you are admitted to SCI and decide to enroll, you will then be required to submit an official (paper or electronic) copy of your transcript(s) issued by the institution(s). If these degrees were obtained in the U.S., then you will need to request that an official transcript be sent to us directly from the institution (typically these are issued by your university Registrar’s Office). If the degrees are from other countries that only issue one formal copy or only issue transcripts to you directly, then you will need to bring the originals with you to campus so we can verify the original transcripts and make our own copies on-site. In either case, you will need to provide transcripts from ALL institutions at which you studied (both those from which you obtained degrees and any other places of study) in order to finalize your admittance to the school. The official records that you submit must exactly match the scanned copies that you upload at the time of application. Any discrepancies between the two documents, or falsification of your record, will be grounds for revocation of admission.
After you submit your application, you will not be able to edit or delete information about recommendations. Please contact email@example.com to change information about recommenders.
Standardized Test Scores
In order to expedite the processing of your application, please report all of your standardized test scores by indicating your scores and uploading legible copies of the official score reports you received (resolution of 200 dpi or greater) as part of your online application. GRE or equivalent scores are accepted if taken within the past 5 years for most of our programs (3 years for the LIS PhD program), and TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within the past 2 years.
While we review scores at all levels for the GRE or equivalent, University policy dictates that international students must be above a minimum score level on TOEFL or IELTS to be eligible for admission.
Official test scores MUST also be submitted directly to the University of Pittsburgh (see below). Failure to submit your official scores will result in an inability to register for classes in your first semester. Any discrepancies between what you self-submit along with your application and the official scores Pitt receives will be grounds for your offer of admission to be rescinded.
TOEFL & GRE Codes
TOEFL: University of Pittsburgh (2927)
GRE: University of Pittsburgh (2927)
For those programs that accept GMAT, MAT, LSAT, and MCAT, please contact those organzitions and request that scores be sent to our Admissions Coordinator:
Ninette Kay, Admissions Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh
School of Computing and Information, 5th Floor
135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Changes to Submitted Applications
Please email any new/updated test scores or changes to your resume and/or statement of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee that your changes will be considered during the review of your application, but the sooner you provide us with updates, the more likely it is that they will be considered.
Application Processing Time
During our peak admissions periods, processing your full application may take between 4-8 weeks. During non-peak times, the processing may occur as quickly as 2-4 weeks.
Your application is considered to be “complete” once we indicate that we have received your application fee, recommendations, legible transcripts, and test scores.
We encourage you to monitor the status of your application review by logging in to the Apply Yourself system.
Communications to applicants from the School
Important communications from the School, including the outcome of our admissions decisions regarding your application, will be sent to the email you used to register for ApplyYourself. Please be sure to check that email address regularly for important updates and information.
International Students: Supplemental Forms
After accepting our offer of admission, international applicants must acquire a student visa.
In order for your student visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) to be issued in time for your studies, you will need to provide additional financial information directly to the Office of International Services (OIS) at the University of Pittsburgh.
Evaluation of International Degree Transcripts
All degrees obtained outside of the U.S. will be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. educational standards by the School of Computing and Information/University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, all international applicants must provide an official English-language translation of all pertinent transcripts. In a small number of cases, the Admissions Committee may be unfamiliar with the university from which you graduated. In such cases, the committee reserves the right to request an external review of your transcript, the cost of which is the responsibility of the applicant.