How to apply
(It is quite simple)

We created this guide to help you with the application process.
Please, read it carefully before submitting an application,
and don't hesitate to ask any questions.
The admission and enrollment process includes several steps.
You have probably seen this timeline. Below we explain it in details.
Prepare all documents and submit your application by filling in the form on Skoltech's web site.
Online selection
Take a profile online test. You will be notified by e-mail about your specific date and time.
Final selection
The final round takes place in Moscow. You have to pass TOEFL ITP exam on site or present a valid TOEFL/IELTS certificate, and pass an interview. Extra written examinations are possible on some programs within the same selection weekend.
Based on the results of each applicant's overall performance, we will make a list of students subject to the enrollment.
0. What to do in advance
Choose the program here >>
Fill the simple form at to create the account in our system. Then use this account to submit all the necessary information and documents. You can save your progress at any point and come back to the application later. Here is the list of documents and copies you need to obtain and prepare for your application:
Update an English-language version of your resume or curriculum vitae.
We do not have special requirements here, just follow the general rules for such documents.
Motivation letter
In 500–1000 words, in English, please answer the following question: What do you hope to gain by completing a degree in your chosen field of study at Skoltech? Keep in mind that motivation letter is being reviewed carefully and is very important for the selection.
2 Recommendation letters
This is important as well: we will need 2 recommendation letters, written by your thesis supervisors, team supervisors and other relevant people, confirming your skills and potential.
  • Letters should describe both the relationship between the author and the applicant (joint research, supervision, teaching, etc.) and provide the personal opinion of the author about the applicant.
  • Very formal letters, translation of standard characteristics, usually do not produce a good impression.
  • Each letter has to contain contact phone and/or e-mail of the recommender.
  • If the letters are not in English, please make your own translation into English, scan it in one file with the original and upload this way.
  • In case your recommenders don't want you to view the letters, they can email them directly to us on with your name and surname on the topic of email. You have to upload the .pdf files with their contact information instead of letters to inform us that we should find them in our inbox.
Diploma or transcript from the university
You will need to upload a scan of your most recent diploma of higher education. If you are currently studying, it is highly recommended to upload a current academic transcript to give the Admission Committee an opportunity to see your academic level.
Proof of English language proficiency
It is recommended to scan and upload one of the following documents:
  • valid TOEFL iBT certificate (minimum score: 80)
  • valid TOEFL ITP certificate (minimum score: 450)
  • valid IELTS certificate (minimum score: 6.0)
  • certificate from your previous/current university stating that the medium of instruction is English (it must be dated, signed, and stamped)
Language proficiency certificate is considered valid for two years after the test date.

In case you don't have any language certificate, please don't worry. If invited for the interview, you will be able to take TOEFL ITP test at Skoltech during the selection weekend. It is a written test and is not administered online.
Certificates and awards
Scan all your awards and certificates if you have any.
This is not obligatory, but increases your chances.
Usual/formal photo
We will ask you to provide a photo.
We have seen a lot: beach selfies, party photos, elevator looks, sunglasses hiding 50% of the face — please, don't do that to us :) Find a formal photo.
We prefer scans in PDF files, but also accept images in JPEG, PNG, GIF or BMP formats.
Documents in DOC, PPT, TXT and other formats will not be accepted.
If any of your documents is not presented in English, please provide a translation. If possible, scan the original with the translation together. Translation is obligatory for recommendation letters and highly recommended for the rest items.
1. Application / Portfolio
Upload all the documents using your account as they are ready. Fill in the questionnaire. When everything is completed, push "Submit". Great, now you are the Applicant officially.
We do not charge any tuition fees.
2. Online test
All the applicants who submitted the above mentioned docs are entitled for on-line testing. You will be notified by e-mail about your specific time. The link and the instructions will be sent within 24h before the scheduled test. The test will take 2–3 hours of your time.
Sample tests are available here >>
You will need to organize in advance a quiet place with a stable internet connection, where no one will disturb you during the test, and the device with working web-camera and microphone.
The on-line testing will be performed using proctoring service, i.e. we will automatically and manually control the process. High rate of automatically tracked suspicious activity lowers your Credibility Score, which may influence the decision of the Admission Committee. Recovered and proven cheating during the test leads to the immediate ban.
3. Selection Weekend
Based on your portfolio and test results Admission Comittee makes a decision within 2 weeks and informs you about it via e-mail. You will need to come to Skoltech on the specified date for the final stage. Only in exceptional cases final stage may be performed remotely via video conference-call for those, who cannot come in person. Personal presence makes your chances to succeed higher.
You will be interviewed by the faculty and researchers of your program. Interview is conducted in English. You will need to prepare a short presentation about your academic and research background for the interview.

Also you will need to prepare and bring the original copy of your academic transcripts to the interview.
English test (if needed)
All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at Skoltech. This may be demonstrated by one of the following ways:
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP or IELTS certificates. The passing score is: 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 450 on the TOEFL ITP or 6 on the IELTS. Only TOEFL and IELTS certificates are accepted. Applicants, who does not have a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate, may pass an official TOEFL ITP examination at Skoltech after the interview (free of charge).
  • Official confirmation from your university or school that English was the language of instruction
  • Confirmation that applicant is a native speaker of English.
Soft skills challenge
Dynamic challenge to check if you have the essential set of soft skills of modern researcher and entrepreneur.
+ Extra written exam (for some programs)
Can be scheduled for some programs, will be conducted within the same Selection Weekend. You will be notified in advance.
The Selection Weekend takes the whole Saturday of your time (and for some applicants Sunday as well). We provide scheduled transfer from Moscow to the campus (and back), and the meals.
And a positive mood, of course:
4. Enrollment (yee-haw!)
In a week after the Selection Weekend is finished we will be ready to inform you about your results. There are 3 possible outcomes:
Option 1: OFFER
Good job: if you received the e-mail containing an offer to join Skoltech MSc program it means the you have passed the selection process and we are eager to see you at Skoltech in August for official matriculation and start of study (which, by the way, may completely change your life).
If you received the e-mail saying that you are on a waiting list, it means that you need to confirm your place in the waiting list and wait until the end of June for the final decision.
Option 3: REJECT
Sorry: that means that you did not pass the final stage, but next year you will be able to try again — we do not ban. However, this admission year you are not allowed to resubmit your application for this or another program.
The official matriculation is conducted in August before the start of the academic year: we will inform you with a special e-mail about the list of the documents you will need to provide to become Skoltech student officially.
Now you know everything about
the application process.
Let's proceed to the practical part!
Applications are being accepted till July16, 2019 inclusive
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