Admissions

How to Apply

Application Deadline January 15, 2022

To get started on your electronic application, you must create an account in GradCAS.  You will receive a CAS ID number once your account is created.  If you need to contact GradCAS Applicant Help Center, please provide this ID number so they can find your application quickly.  It is not necessary to complete the application in one session, but you cannot submit a partially completed application, so be sure to save your work before exiting.  You will need to enter your login information when you return to complete your application.  Your application will be transmitted through a secure server and is kept confidential.

All applicants (domestic and international) must provide:

  • A statement of purpose that addresses your specific interests and/or expertise in the field you wish to study, and describes as specifically as possible the area of research you wish to pursue.
  • Transcripts for all college-level institutions attended.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • If applying through the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, please click here
  • If applying through the Swanson School of Engineering, please click here
  • If applying through the School of Computing and Information, please click here

All application materials should be received by January 15, 2022  to guarantee full consideration for admission to the fall term of 2022. Late applications will be considered as space permits.

All application materials must be uploaded to your application before submission.   If you are having issues with any part of your on-line application, please reach out to the GradCas Applicant Help center: https://help.liaisonedu.com/GradCAS_Applicant_Help_Center.  If you cannot find the answer to your question(s), you can also contact them by phone 857-304-2086 or email:  gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com.  For the quickest response, it is best to contact them via the Live Chat option on the Applicant Help center page.

Additional Requirements For International Applicants

Please provide all of the above plus:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test scores. The minimum TOEFL score of 100 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing), the required minimum IELTS of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections), or the required minimum Duolingo score of 120.  Please submit your scores officially in order for them to be considered received.

TOEFL scores will need to be sent directly to the university.  A PDF copy of the score report can be uploaded to your application under “Additional Information” as an unofficial copy until your official scores are received.

IELTS report will need to be sent directly to the university.  A PDF copy of the score report can be uploaded to your application under “Additional Information” as an unofficial copy until your official scores are received.

Duolingo scores will need to be sent directly to the university.  A PDF copy of the score report can be uploaded to your application under “Additional Information” as an unofficial copy until your official scores are received.

  • Application fee – $75
    • For A&S applicants:  To be considered for an application fee waiver, submit this survey for review.  More information can be found on the Graduate Studies site and through the application system.
      • In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers.  Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.

Contact Information:

  • If applying through the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences:
Christie Hay
Computational Modeling and Simulation Program
236 Chevron Science Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-8501
FAX: (412) 624-8611
E-mail: cmspadm@pitt.edu 
  • If applying through the Swanson School of Engineering:
Christy Kohser and Kathy McGuire
151 Benedum Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone: (412) 624-9803
FAX: (412) 624-9808
  • If applying through the School of Computing and Information:
Keena Walker
6117 Sennott Square
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 624-8495
FAX: (412) 624-8845
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