Admitted Student Portal

Welcome and Congratulations on your admission to Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College!

In addition to the Heinz-specific information on this portal, please also review Campus-wide online resource for new graduate students.

August 2017 Orientation Agenda (Finalized)  - Click here to download

MAP of Hamburg Hall (HBH) - click here to download

First steps to complete

Deadline to complete


Accept the offer of admission by completing the online Response Form located within your online admission letter. details “Response deadline” in your online admission letter
2. Pay the enrollment deposit. *Not all students are required to pay a deposit. Please check your online admission letter. details “Response deadline” in your online admission letter
3. Complete the Credentials Verification Process after you receive the email titled "Credentials Verification Request" Timeline to receive this email:  May starts: April 15 / August starts July 15 (**This has been delayed till early August**)   details Within 14 days of receiving the email
4. If your admission includes a condition on enrollment (QSSP, Programming course, etc), review the information regarding Conditional Enrollment   details prior to enrolling
5. Activate your Andrew User ID. You will receive an email from IT-HELP <> with the Subject: FirstPass: Setting Your Andrew Account Password. Follow direction in that email. Expect this email 3-6 weeks after accepting the offer of admission. Within 5 days of receiving the First Pass email
6. MPM Students - Let us help you plan your personalized visit to campus none

All other programs: Save the date for Admitted Student Weekend - March 31- April 1, 2017  Event page

Travel Stipend Request deadline: March 28

  Next items to Review

Section name below
  Important Dates: Orientation & Start of Class Important Dates
  Financing your education Financing your education
  Admitted Student Checklist: Deadlines Apply! Admitted Student Checklist
  Registering for Classes & Buying Books Registering for Classes

Important Dates: Start Month:
All Programs participate in the Heinz College Orientation May   August
Move to Pittsburgh We recommend that students are moved-in and settled in Pittsburgh a few days prior to the mandatory Heinz Orientation (5/16/17 or 8/18/17). The Heinz orientation schedule does not allow much time for moving-in activities as we expect all students will be settled prior to the Heinz Orientation. (Students beginning in August should remember that they may also want to attend the University-wide orientation that takes place earlier. See dates below.)

You will find great details here about Moving to Pittsburgh
5/9/2017 8/14/2017

Heinz College Orientation (Mandatory) Attending Heinz College orientation is mandatory. Your graduate experience doesn't begin with classes - it begins HERE! (In a big way!)  Please plan your arrival in Pittsburgh accordingly.

Attendance will be recorded at Heinz Orientation events via your CMU ID+ Card.

Heinz Orientation is exciting and full of opportunties for you to engage with your fellow incoming students from across disciplines. You may download LAST year's schedule for a sense of what to expect this year...the exact timing will be different, but we will offer a similair experience in 2017!

*Saturday 8/19/17 will be Placement Exams only. Students who do not plan to take a placement exam are not required to attend Saturday. Many students do not fully appreciate the benefit of these exams until attending Day 1 of Heinz Orientation. For this reason, I encourage all students to leave this date open.

Monday 8/21/17 is the date of the North American Solar (not lunar) Eclipse. Pittsburgh, PA will experience about 80% occlusion in the mid afternoon that day. To offer students and staff the opportunity to enjoy this celestial phenomenon, we will not hold orientation activities on this day. To learn more about the great North American Solar Eclipse, google away!

Required Dates:

  • Tue5/16/17
  • Wed 5/17/17
  • Thrs 5/18/17
  • Fri 5/19/17


May 2017 Agenda

updated 4/13/17

Required Dates:

  • Fri 8/18/17
  • Sat 8/19/17*

no programming Sunday or Monday

  • Tues 8/22/17
  • Wed 8/23/17
  • Thrs 8/24/17
  • Fri 8/25/17

TENTATIVE - Aug 2017 Agenda

Placement Exams:

MISM students are required to take the JAVA placement exam. No other exams are mandatory.

Students who wish to place out of or enter the intermediate section of a required course are required to take a placement exam. The Placement Exams are given one day only. No make-up exams are offered. Some exams will require a pre-registration. If this is a case, students will be notified via email. Faculty reserve the right to adjust Placement exam processes as needed prior to Heinz Orientation.

Please read through all details regarding the placement exam process prior to Heinz Orientation. The exam schedule will be posted with the Heinz Orientation Schedule.


Exam schedule in agenda above


Exam schedule in agenda above

University-wide Graduate Student Orientation

Attending University-wide graduate student orientation is a great way to learn about Carnegie Mellon University from a campus-wide perspective. All graduate students across the CMU campus are invited to learn more about campus services, health insurance, transportation, shopping and more. Most topics are not included in the required Heinz Orientation, but you may see some topics overlap.

This orientation is planned and presented by the Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

Because these Orientation dates are not required, we ask that you RSVP to attend these dates.

> RSVP to Attend after July 1, 2017

See August dates 8/14/2017

International Student Orientation "OIE"  (Mandatory for International students)
International Students and International Exchange Students are required to attend one of the International Student Orientation sessions presented by the Office of International Education.

In May: Generally one (1) session only is available. Plan to attend that session as scheduled.

In August: OIE will offer up to six (6) Orientation options for students to choose from. Generally 2 sessions are offered in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of August. You are very limited because of the mandatory Heinz Orientation Schedule. Register only for a session that does not conflict with Heinz Orientation.

Attendance to one session is mandatory for all International students. Click here for details and to RSVP

1 options: See I-20
6 options to choose from. Register as early as possible
First day of classes
Heinz Academic Calendar and CMU Academic Calendar

The Section (SEC) of a course defines the period of time the class will meet.
  • SEC A - J= Entire length of the semester
  • SEC A1, A3, A5 - J1, J3, J5 = 1st HALF of semester only
  • SEC A2, A4, A6 - J2, J4, J6 = 2nd  HALF of semester only
5/22/2017 8/28/2017
Students required to attend QSSP should review the information regarding Conditional Enrollment to determine the date you are required to start these programs. N/A see here

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Financing your education

U.S. citizens and  permanent U.S. residents

US Citizens and permanent residents that wish to apply for federal financial aid and/or federal work study awards should apply as soon as possible. You may apply BEFORE accepting your offer of admission. Deadlines for Optimal Consideration Apply.

Apply for US Federal Financial Aid

Please visit the Heinz Financial Aid Office's External Scholarship page for more information regarding External Scholarship options.

International Students

International students are not eligible to apply for or receive US federal financial aid. What options are available to you?  We have created a page dedicated to outlining the financial resources for International Students

Accelerated Master's Students

Accelerated Master's (AMP) students should review the following information regarding financial aid for AMP students.

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 Admitted Student Check-List


Update your Email Address in your Application for Admission:

  • Login to your online ApplyYourself Account:
  • Click on "Update Profile" to view the email address on file.

If you would like to change this email address because this is a school or work account you will no longer have access to, please type your new email address and then click "Update."  The system will confirm the email address change, and will send an email confirmation to the new email address. If this email address is correct, click "Close Window."  You do not need to take any action.


Review the laptop computer requirement: The Heinz College is leading the way in the implementation of Virtual Computer Labs.   This means, in part,  that we do not have student computer labs in the building. We require all incoming Heinz students to have a laptop computer (that meets the minimum requirements) at the start of class.

Your laptop choice may greatly impact your school experience. Please do not purchase a new laptop prior to reviewing these minimum requirements. Also, do not assume that your current laptop will meet the needed requirements. Review the laptop requirements and learn more about the Virtual Computer Lab

3. Review immunization requirements:  Yes, you may receive immunizations prior to having access to the HealthConnect portal. We do not require your health professional to sign CMU forms. You will enter the date(s) you received your immunizations once you have your Andrew ID and access to the HealthConnect portal. *Some immunizations may be administered on Campus. Review the immunizations you will need prior to the start of class.

VISA Processing: International Students and International Exchange Students required to attain a J-1 or F-1 student visa need to submit additional documentation to the Office of Admission.   I-20 documents are sent to students 6-8 weeks after we receive all necessary documents from the student. Delivery times to the student will vary.  Visa processing times vary in each country.

International Student Information form (I-20 forms): 
International Degree-seeking Students
International EXCHANGE students

  Activate your Andrew User ID. You will receive an email from IT-HELP <> with the Subject: FirstPass: Setting Your Andrew Account Password. Follow direction in that email. Expect this email 2-4 weeks after you accept the offer of admission. (Note: You must officially accept the offer through your online admission letter in order for your Andrew ID to be created)  If you misplaced or did not receive this email, please email and request an "Andrew replacement email."

Your Andrew ID is REQUIRED for these steps: 

Deadline to Complete

Students attending QSSP or ACC summer programs prior to beginning class in August should follow the deadlines given in the last column

May start August start QSSP and ACC

Complete the Health History Form and Report the date you received Immunization(s): Health services requires students to complete an online Health History Form and report the date of receiving immunizations. You may receive required immunizations prior to having access to the HealthConnect Portal. Log in to the HealthConnect Portal from the Health Services main page.  

Review the immunization requirements

Caution! Health Services will block you from registering for future classes if you fail to complete this information by the deadline. 

May 15   June 30  June  30

Record the pronunciation of your name:  Some names are easier to pronounce than others. However, it is important to have record of the correct pronunciation of all students' names. The secure directory of voice recordings is available to all Heinz faculty, staff and students only.

RECORD your voice: Voice Capture
Make-up recording is scheduled during orientation
April 20  July 15 June19

Submit your photo online: Submit your photo for your Student ID+ Card and the Heinz Master's Student Directory. The secure directory is available to Heinz faculty, staff and students only. (You are required to have your Student ID+ Card for Heinz Orientation)  photo upload details

April 20 July 15 June 19

Choose your Required University Health Insurance plan OR Complete the Waiver Form:  Health Insurance is a University requirement. You must take one of the following actions:

a. Enroll in Health Insurance
b. Request a Waiver (You must have health insurance that meets the University requirements)

Students that do not take action will automatically be billed for Health Insurance. This charge on your account does not mean you have been enrolled. You still must enroll in Health insurance to receive a Health Insurance Card.

**Students attending QSSP may elect to enroll in summer health coverage, however, they are not required to do so. The deadline to enroll in this optional coverage is June 15.

**Students attending ACC will be contacted with details regarding your Health Insurance requirement during the summer program.

More Information

April 25 


July 15

August 15

**June 15


August 15


Start checking your Andrew Email

All Orientation information is emailed to your "application for admission email address". However, other departments on campus will send email to your University email account ( Accessing your University Email

May 1 August  1

June 30


Disability Resources

Individuals with documentd learning or physical disabilities are assured services and are protected from discrimination.

Faculty and administrators at CMU are committed to your learning and want to provide you with a supportive environment. Please feel comfortable in requesting an accommodation due to a documented learning or physical disability.   To arrange services and request accomodations, please follow the steps provided by the Office of Disability Resources. For questions to the guidelines posted, please email access@ Students who contact the office ahead are able to arrange accommodations during the summer QSSP Program and Placement Exams as well as the Academic Year.

If you feel your disability will inhibit your ability to participate in any Heinz College Orientation activities, please contact the Heinz Admissions Office at 412.268.2164 or hnzadmit@

May 15 August 15 June 30

Pay your Account Balance: Tuition bills are sent via email to your University "andrew" email account. You may also view your bill online.   Learn more

May Start: Your bill will be available to view on May 1st

August Start: Your bill will be available to view on July 1st

**Students attending QSSP who elect to purchase the optional summer health insurance coverage are required to pay the associated fees through their student account prior to paying their full August invoice. Students attending ACC are required to purchase health insurance for their summer on campus and will pay the associate fee by the deadline.

May 15

August 15 **July 15 August 15

Review the Heinz Computing Jumpstart Guides:  Please review the Heinz computing documentation and required videos. Many software downloads are also available through the jumpstart guide.   

Write down any questions and bring them with you to the Heinz Computing Orientation session. New Student Guide

May 15 August 15 July 15

Complete Career Academy Modules: Modules are released on a rolling bases over the summer beginning mid-June. The Heinz College Career Services office will email you as updates are available. The modules will include 1. Self-Assessment  2. Resume Review and  3. Five quizzes. Please email Career Services with any questions about the modules:

Students who complete all 7 requirements (see above) by the deadline will receive a CMU Heinz College backpack.

Modules open mid-June 2017.

Click here to access Career Academy:

* May incoming students will not participate in the online Career Academy prior to arriving on campus. Career Services will provide all details to you during your May Orientation.

N/A* August 19 August 19

Submit your Final Official Transcript *ONLY IF REQUIRED

This step applies to you if you applied to Heinz before graduating with your bachelor's degree OR if you did not provide an official transcript when you applied.

The transcript that was submitted to our office was not your "Final Official Transcript" because it did not include your date of graduation, name of the degree you earned and/ or was not an official copy of the document. Therefore, the transcript we have on file does not provide official proof that you earned your bachelor’s degree. This is a condition of your admission and you must provide an Official Final Transcript that confirms you have received your bachelor’s degree. Please read the guidelines below very carefully before submitting your Official Final Transcript.

There are requirements that ensure your transcript is “Final” and there are requirements that ensure your transcript is “Official”. You must meet all requirements to satisfy your Final Official Transcript condition.

In order to be a "Final" Transcript the document MUST:
1. be in English
2. state the title of your conferred bachelor’s degree (i.e. Bachelor of Science in Political Science)
3. state the date your bachelor’s degree was conferred
4. include the titles of all courses taken
5. list the grades or marks received for each course

PLEASE NOTE: An official copy of your actual Diploma/Certificate should be sent along with the FINAL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT when the name and/ or date of the degree conferred/awarded is NOT specified on your transcript. If you attended a college or university outside of the United States or Australia and already provided Heinz College Admissions with your transcript through a transcript evaluation service (such as WES or ECE), you DO NOT need to use an evaluation service when submitting your Official Final Transcript.

TIMING – Order your Final Official Transcript AFTER your degree has been conferred. Some schools actually confer degrees at a later date. Please DO NOT send Provisional Certificates. Contact your institution to be sure your degree is on your transcript.

In order to be considered an "Official" Transcript the document MUST be:

1. submitted directly from your college/ university registrar to Heinz College Admissions via email.

- OR –

2. enclosed in a sealed envelope (unopened) AND signed across the seal by your college/ university registrar.


How to submit your Final Official Transcript

1. We prefer email delivery of your Final Official Transcript. If your university provides this service, the transcript must be emailed directly from your university registrar to

2. Ship your transcrip using a service that provides you with tracking. Ship to: Director of Admissions/  H. John Heinz III College/  Carnegie Mellon University/  5000 Forbes Avenue, Hamburg Hall, Suite 1101/  Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

Caution!  You are not able to attend classes until your final official transcript is on file.


May 15


August 22 August 22

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Registering for Classes & Buying Books



Registering for classes for your 1st semester at Heinz

You will not use the online registration system for your 1st Semester at Heinz. We have outlined the 1st semester registration process below:

1. You will be pre-registered by the Heinz College registrar for all of your 1st semester courses at Heinz. This registration process is coordinated with Faculty and may include a review of your application to determine your appropriate section or course level.

2. Because you are pre-registered, you will not use an online system to register for your first semester. Please do not add or change any courses (or sections/times of courses) on your schedule via the online system. Any changes you attempt to make will be reversed/ adjusted back to the original schedule during the week of orientation. We cannot impress upon you enough:  Please do not adjust your first semester schedule. The changes will not be kept, and it will disrupt the registration process for other Heinz students.

3. Registration is an ongoing process. You may or may not see courses listed in your online schedule prior to Heinz Orientation Week. Your schedule is considered finalized by the registrar on the first day of Heinz Orientation. Any course registration you may see prior to this time is subject to change.

4. Placement Exams take place during Heinz Orientation. You will be scheduled to meet with your academic advisor following the exams. This meeting is your opportunity to discuss and make changes to your schedule if needed. Do not make any changes to your schedule prior to meeting with your advisor. Details regarding the Placement/Exemption Process

5. Additional Course Registration information will be discussed in your program meetings that will take place the first day of Heinz Orientation Week. You will have the opportunity to ask additional registration questions at that time.

6. You are only pre-registered your 1st semester. You will have the opportunity to choose your own class schedule for each remaining semester of your study at the Heinz College!



Buying Books

Buying Books

In the past, students have expressed an interest in purchasing textbooks prior to their arrival at Carnegie Mellon. We do not recommend that you do this for a number of reasons. First, faculty can change the edition of the textbook they use at the last minute requiring you to purchase a new book once you arrive. In addition, we sometimes have different faculty members teaching different sections of the same course. They do not always use the same textbook. Finally, your 1st semester registration is not finalized prior to you arriving on campus for Heinz Orientation.   (even if you see a schedule listed online, this schedule is subject to change)

We've factored the purchase of books into the “Estimated Cost of Attendance” for each degree program offered by the Heinz College. As you will see from the breakdown of expenses, the cost for books is in addition to tuition fees and other expenses. We advise that you use these numbers when planning your expenses.

Case Studies

Some courses utilize business cases as teaching tools. Please note that your student account will be automatically charged for the use of these cases. The charge will appear as Heinz Business Case Fee on your student invoice.

Campus Bookstore

The bookstore is located in the basement of the University Store, located in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon University's campus. The Bookstore's regular hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Saturday 10a.m. –4p.m.

Telephone Number: (412) 268-2967

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Carnegie Mellon University Recycles!

Let's work together to ensure that any waste than can be recycled- is recycled! Recycling bins are available throughout Hamburg Hall for plastic, aluminum, glass and paper. Please read labels carefully to ensure you properly dispose of your waste. Composting bins are also available at large Heinz events (including the upcoming orientation) thanks to the Green Team's "Trash Talkers" and the Smart Growth club. Are you a Recycling Newbie? Learn more!


The abbreviations used to identify our various degree programs on this site are as follows:


MS in Public Policy and Management
Master of Arts Management
MS in Health Care Policy and Management
Master of Entertainment Industry Management
Master of Information Systems Management
MS in Information Technology
Master of Public Management
MS in Information Security Policy and Management

The Heinz College Impact: Learn more about Heinz College from Dean Ramayya Krishnan.