Below you will find the information and resources needed to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science with a concentration in Telecommunications and to take the next steps toward your education.

Deadlines*

Term of Admission Domestic Application Deadline International Application Deadline
Fall January 15 January 15
Spring September 15 June 15
Summer January 15 December 15

*Rolling Admissions. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by these deadlines.

See Financial Support for Financial Support Deadlines.


Requirements

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited university, a recognized international program, or the equivalent. Students must submit official transcripts as evidence. Only official transcripts will be accepted. Exceptional students with a technical bachelor’s degree may be admitted on occasion.
    Such students must still satisfy all other requirements that follow;
  2. Attainment in graduate work of minimum quality point average of 3.3 (on a scale with A having a value of 4 points per credit). An international student’s quality point average (QPA) will be calculated on the basis of equivalency from universities that use a different scale;
  3. Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of the date of application. Sources on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the GRE must be submitted;
  4. At least three references from persons in the professional and academic communities. MORE letters may be required.
  5. Submissions of an application fee determined by the School of Computing and Information;
  6. As evidence of the ability to undertake doctoral work, an essay (not exceeding 1,000 words) indicating, as specifically as possible, the student’s academic and professional goals in relation to the telecommunication doctoral program and identifying potential areas and/or topics in which the student expects to pursue dissertation research;
  7. Evidence of academic completion of:
    • Two different scientific computer programming languages
    • Coursework in probability and statistics
    • Differential and integral calculus

In addition, a candidate may elect to include the following optional material:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae that provides an overview of education, work, publication, and other professional activities;
  2. An example of published writing;
  3. A description of any published or unpublished research, contributions to the professional or scholarly literature, and other professional or academic experience relevant to an assessment of his or her capacity to pursue doctoral study successfully.

The completed application and supporting documents should be submitted online here.


International Applicants

English Language Proficiency

Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to study without being hindered by language problems, to understand lectures, and to participate successfully in class discussion. International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS (taken within two years of the date of application). Contact Educational Testing Services directly to request that an official score report be sent to the School of Computing and Information. The institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required for admission to the MSIS, MST, MLIS, PhD IS & TELE programs. Students may choose to take the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a minimum result of Band 6.5 on the IELTS.

Exceptions: International students who completed a degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. Students from certain English-speaking countries are also exempt. Permanent residents are exempt. However, the School reserves the right to ask for TOEFL scores if deemed necessary for the evaluation of the application. Please note: degrees where anything less than the entire degree was completed in-residence within the English-speaking country will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students in these circumstances may be required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS with the required minimum score upon review. Prior to registration, students with TOEFL scores of less than 100 (Internet-based), 600 (Paper-based) or less than Band 7.5 on the IELTS must take this additional test of English language proficiency: English Language Proficiency Test. If remedial courses in English as a foreign language are recommended, the student must complete the remedial course during the first term of study.

Transcript Evaluation

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 translations of all pertinent transcripts. All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions, for undergraduate and graduate study, will be reviewed by the School/University of Pittsburgh in terms of: the U.S. degree to which your degree is equivalent – Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc., the overall grade point average for your studies (converted to a U.S 4.0 scale), and a course-by-course grade equivalency evaluation for every class taken. If you completed your degree in the U.S. but also took coursework outside of the U.S., you do not need to have an evaluation by an external agency. However you need to provide a certified English translation of the coursework taken outside of the U.S. if the record was issued in a language other than English.

Please note: the Admissions Committee may request an external review of your transcript, the cost of which is the responsibility of the applicant.

Supplemental Information

This section pertains to actions you must take after you have been admitted to the program, and have officially accepted our offer of admission. 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. Please access and read the International Graduate Student Financial Information form to determine what you need to prepare.

Please note: you will not be able to submit your financial information unless you have been admitted to our School and you accept that offer of admission. At that point, OIS will contact you directly via the email address you have provided to us in your application, and they will share a link to use to submit your financial information. You must accept any offer of admission you receive by the deadlines stated below in order for your visa to be processed in time. OIS will then give you a deadline by which to submit your financial information as well.


Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for all applicants and must be paid when you submit your application. The fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. Applications will not be considered until the fee has been received. Receipt of payment will be acknowledged by email from Apply Yourself.


Application Processing and Notifications

The School of Computing and Information makes every effort to issue a determination about applications within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline. This is, of course, dependent upon the timely receipt of all required application materials. You will be notified via e-mail when an admissions decision has been posted to your Apply Yourself account.

Please note that, during the December–January timeframe, numerous applications are received. Due to the volume of submissions, there may be a delay in notification of receipt of materials.

You may always check your Apply Yourself account to ascertain if documentation has been received or if an admissions decision has been made. The status of your application, related documents and admission decision cannot be verified until you have submitted the application fee (which is the final step in submitting your application).

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