Masters in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science Program - Admissions

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Thank you for your interest in the Professional Masters in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS).  Below you will find admissions requirements, application instructions and information on tuition, financial aid and other related programs. If you have a question that is not addressed in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to reviewing your application and welcoming you into the Carnegie Mellon family.

METALS Program Requirements

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a related field, with a strong record of academic achievement, from an accredited educational institution and be highly recommended by three references. Applicants must submit a photocopy of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores along with the completed application (the subject test is not required). Applicants must also request that ETS send an official GRE score report to us at institution code 2074, department code 0402 ("Computer Science").

If your native language is not English, you must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Your application will NOT be considered COMPLETE without the TOEFL test and may not be reviewed. You must also request that ETS send an official TOEFL score report to us at institution code 4256, department code 78. The application deadline for our next academic year is January 31.  

It is your responsibility to make certain that your application, supporting documents, and letters of recommendation reach the Admissions Committee by the above stated deadlines. You may check your submitted online application to make certain that it is complete.

Application Process

Please apply online. We do not accept applications by mail.  The Masters in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program must receive a submitted application and a $75 application fee no later than Janaury 31. Admission decisions will be emailed in March. Your response is due to us by April 15. All application materials are on our online application site.

Important Dates

January 31 —  Deadline Extended February 8 -- Application Deadline
March 15 — Application decisions made
April 15 — Applicants response due


Tuition is determined by the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees. Please visit the Student Service Website and refer to the per semester tuition rates and fees for graduate degree students in the School of Computer Science (SCS) on Tuition is assessed each semester. Since METALS is a three semester program, tuition for the 2014-15 school year for the full time program was $61,500.

Full-time study is defined as taking at least 36 units or four courses per semester. Most courses are 9 or 12 units. Part-time tuition is charged at a per unit basis.

Financial Information

The Masters in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program does not provide students with financial support. An excellent source for general information on financial aid can be found at FinAid. The Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid website and the Carnegie Mellon Fellowships and Scholarships Office are also available for assistance and advice on obtaining loans and/or fellowships. Many students have been able to obtain funding or financial assistance from their current employers. Employees of Carnegie Mellon University often receive tuition benefits as part of the benefit package. For current Research Assistant positions and other employment opportunities on campus, please see the Human Resources Staff Job Postings. A small number of Teaching Assistant positions occasionally becomes available for enrolled students who have a computer science background. Please note: if you are employed while enrolled in the Masters program, the length of your program will be most likely extend beyond three (3) semesters. If you plan to be employed while enrolled in the program, please be sure to complete the “Employment Information” section on your application.

Related Professional Programs

Because we strongly support multidisciplinary interaction at Carnegie Mellon, students can specialize in METALS but still benefit from the expertise in a number of related programs on campus. Some of the related programs are listed here including the professional masters program in human computer interaction offered by HCII. To find out more about these programs, click on the links below.

Master of Human Computer Interaction, School of Computer Science
Master of Software Engineering, School of Computer Science
Master of Design in Interaction Design, College of Fine Art

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