What are we looking for?
CMU-Africa’s programs are fast-paced and demanding, and require a critical thinking approach that is ideal for students who are creative and who question conventions.
Leaders of character
CMU-Africa is looking for not only the brightest students, but also those who will become leaders in the communities or organizations they serve. Applicants must have some leadership qualities, though experiences can vary from college extracurricular activities to academic/professional/business achievements to personal triumphs or commitments in the applicant’s community.
Strong academic backgrounds
The admissions team will review your prior academic performance, and the nature of your work experience. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be in the final year of their bachelor’s program, and while there is no minimum GPA, our students have a strong undergraduate background.
The team encourages those with a university education in any discipline to apply, and will treat all undergraduate programs equally when evaluating applicants. The program requires individuals with strong programming skills and a high proficiency in written and oral English, which is the language in which classes are conducted.
Strong spirit of community
CMU-Africa students spend 80% of their time with fellow students and faculty, and bring together a variety of experiences, cultures and aspirations, as our students are from a variety of countries in Africa. Many graduates find their largest sense of fulfillment to be shaped by how much they shared their experiences with their fellow classmates, supported their colleagues, and learned from and taught their peers. CMU-Africa candidates must exhibit such character.
Not sure which program is right for you? Read more about the differences between the two programs.