Application and Admissions Process

Requirements: to be admitted to the CNBC Training Program, students must have been accepted into one of the affiliated doctoral programs (click here for list) at either the University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon. For students applying from outside the two universities, applications to the doctoral program and the CNBC program may be submitted simultaneously. Students may apply to more than one such program and should follow the admissions procedures for each. Students who are already pursuing a doctoral program at one of the two universities may apply to the CNBC program at any time.

Application to the CNBC training program is made by completing the online application form. The application must be accompanied by a brief (2 page) essay describing the student’s interest in the field and his or her goals in entering the program. Prior research experience will be considered in the evaluation of applications and should be described in the application statement.

Incoming CMU and Pitt applicants are encouraged to apply by January 1st to facilitate coordination with the allied departments, but later applications will be considered. Applications for current CMU and Pitt students are accepted on a rolling basis. The CNBC will obtain the following additional materials from the affiliated department to which the student is applying if not supplied by the student directly: undergraduate transcript, GRE scores (if required by the affiliated Ph.D. program), and three letters of recommendation. Sending copies of these items directly to the CNBC admissions office will speed processing of the application. Where possible, finalists for admission are invited to Pittsburgh for personal interviews before the final admission decision.

The CNBC works with the degree-granting affiliated programs throughout the admissions process, and a final decision on admission to the CNBC program is made after the student has been admitted to one of these programs.