Important Dates

January 1 - Application deadline March 30 - Decisions due April 30 - Applicants decisions due

Why Apply?

There’s nothing in the world like Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Renowned for Computer Science and a spectacular Fine Arts and Design program, CMU is uniquely able to provide you with an unparalleled experience in creating innovative, interactive media. It’s no surprise that our graduates are among the most highly sought-after professionals in the creative industries.

At the ETC, we bring together students from a diversity of academic backgrounds – talented people who are incredibly passionate about what they do, and who have experience working well with others.

So if you’re self-motivated, imaginative, play well with others, and are a strong critical thinker, apply today. And let ETC be your launch pad for a fantastic career and life.

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Before applying, please carefully review the following requirements:

  • Application Transcripts
  • GRE Test
  • Portfolio
  • Language Proficiency
  • Statement of Purpose Recommendations Resume
  • Interview


You may either Download and complete a paper application or complete the Online Application. If you choose to download the application for admission, you will need Adobe Reader to view and print it.

Send your materials to:

Director of Admission Entertainment Technology Center Carnegie Mellon University
700 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are required. Your official transcript should show all courses taken, grades or marks received, and the date and title of any degree(s) conferred. Applicants must provide evidence (final transcript) of completion of a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment. Transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and mailed to: Director of Admission.

GRE Test

Applicants must submit a GRE Test score OR a Portfolio, OR Both

If submitting the GRE, all test scores must be reported to the ETC­Global directly, by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please use the following codes when having your scores sent to the ETC­Global.

GRE: 2074 (institution code) and 0402 (department code)


Applicants must submit a GRE Test score, OR a Portfolio, OR Both

Portfolios can be made up of examples of graphic arts, traditional artwork, music, writing, coding, or any other creative medium that highlights your skill set(s). It should include documentation that best represents your talent, abilities and potential. The portfolio can be submitted in a variety of formats such as DVD’s, CD’s, website, slides, etc., but please DO NOT send any original work. We will not return portfolios that have been submitted for admission. Please send portfolios to: Director of Admission

Language Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is NOT English must submit a test score from the TOEFL or IELTS.

TOEFL scores must be submitted directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The minimum TOEFL scores are:

  • Internet Based Test (IBT) ­ 92
    Subscores: Reading­23; Listening­23; Speaking­23; Writing­23
  • Computer Based Test (CBT) ­ 250
  • Paper Based Test (PBT) ­ 600

Please use the following codes when registering for the TOEFL:
TOEFL: 2074 (institution code) and 78 (department code)

You may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results in place of the TOEFL. Test scores must be submitted directly by IELTS. The minimum IELTS score is 7.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a concise statement (no more than 3 single spaced pages) in the following format:

Part 1: Your objective in pursuing a Master of Entertainment Technology degree, including your career goals and your reasons for choosing to apply to Carnegie Mellon.

Part 2: Your background in entertainment and/or technology and other fields relevant to your objective. Describe how your academic, industrial or commercial experience prepares you for admission to the ETC­Global.

Part 3: Any additional details you wish to give the Admission Committee, including projects on which you have worked.

If applying on­line you can upload a pdf of your Statement of Purpose or you may submit a hard copy to: Director of Admission


Please provide three letters of recommendation from individuals who can provide academic and/or professional references. References must download and complete the recommendation form.Completed forms, along with the letter of recommendation may be scanned and submitted via email or mailed to: Director of Admission


Please include a current resume. If applying on­line, you can upload a pdf of your resume or you may submit a hard copy to: Director of Admission


Students must schedule an interview with the ETC­Global Admission Office. On­site interviews are available throughout the year. To schedule an interview on­site, please email the Director of Admission.

Application Fee

An application fee of $75 USD is required to process your application. If applying on­line, you can submit the fee via credit card. If applying on paper, you must include a check, money order, or bank draft, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University.

Should I Submit a Portfolio or my GRE Scores?

Applicants must submit either a portfolio OR GRE Scores. In the early days of our program, we assumed that technologists would send us GRE scores, and artists would send us a portfolio. The good news is, the ETC is now attracting such an interesting mix of applicants that it is no longer easy or necessary to categorize our applicants as being either a technologist or an artist; the boundaries are blurring.

You should send us anything that will help us evaluate you as a candidate, and that best represents your talent, abilities and potential. IF that is in the form of a portfolio or in the form of GRE scores, it doesn’t matter and will not affect your standing as an applicant. We encourage you to send us both if you feel comfortable doing so.

What if I have a non-traditional portfolio?

If you submit a portfolio, note that it can be made up of examples of graphic arts, traditional artwork, music, writing, or any other creative medium. We are open to non-traditional portfolios as well, such as a copy of a grant proposal or business plan, if that is what best represents the talent which you think makes you a good candidate for the ETC.

Do I need to take the subject or writing GRE Test?

If you take the GRE test, note that we require the general scores, and they should be sent to:
Institution Code: 2074

Do I really have to take the TOEFL/IELTS?

For international students who earned their undergraduate degree at an English speaking institution, the TOEFL requirement will be waived. For all other international students, the TOEFL/IELTS is required.

Insititution Code: 2074 Department Code: 78

Must I attend the ETC full time?

The ETC is a two year program, requiring enrollment in the equivalent of four full-time semesters. There is an optional summer internship. There is project work required each semester, and the completion of the degree program cannot be attained in less than two years.

Can I work while attending the ETC?

Due to the time commitment necessary to complete the program, we strongly discourage students from working outside the department.

What are you looking for in a letter of recommendation?

Recommendation letters should come from professors, project directors, employers, anyone who can describe examples of your talent and interesting things you have done, in addition to being able to speak to your passion, enthusiasm, critical thinking and people-skills. Friends and peers should not be your letter writers; we are looking for people who can evaluate your previous work from a supervisory or instructional standpoint.

Remember that you should ask your recommenders for letters early and clearly give them a deadline. We do not send written request to your recommenders. It is your responsibility to ask them to submit a letter on your behalf.

What exactly is the statement of purpose?

A statement of purpose is typically 2-3 single spaced pages and describes various aspects of what attracts you to Entertainment Technology and to the ETC, what you hope to do after graduation, what you think you are good (and not so good) at, what you would like to learn. In general, your statement should give the admissions committee a better feel for you as a person. You should take this statement very seriously; use it as an opportunity for self- reflection and focusing on your own vision for yourself, as well as a tool for our admission process.

What kind of financial aid do you offer?

The ETC does not offer any form of financial support for students. We cannot offer research assistantships for our program. Some students apply for and receive outside scholarships. Students have the opportunity to work within the ETC department once they are here, and some of our domestic students apply for need-base financial aid.

How can I visit?

Click on the “Contact Us” link in the footer and choose “Visit the ETC” for the subject.


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