Carnegie Mellon University

Skills verification letters

PERM applications may request a skills verification letter and academic advisors will provide one for you.

ECE has its own process for skills letter requests (we cannot use you/your lawyer’s letter or template). Skills are verified based on the syllabus and faculty approval, if a faculty member does not approve a skill for a course you have listed, you will need to find another way to verify that skill, as it cannot be included in the letter. The entire process will take at least one week, and depending on the skills/courses requested and the time of year the letter is requested, it may take up to one month. 

Your patience and compliance with the below is appreciated:

  • Only ECE (18-5XX and above) and CS coursework (15-6XX and above) can be verified. The only non-ECE and non-CS courses we can verify are: 10601, 10701, 95712, 96705, 96700, and 96834. Skills verifications for other departments will need to go through the home department of that course.
  • Please select only skills/topics listed on the syllabus when completing the form.
  • These should be core skills that all students were taught in the class – individual projects cannot be verified.
  • Writing keywords is best, avoid not complete sentences (unless it is listed that way on the syllabus).
  •  Prerequisite skills cannot be verified for courses.
  • Internships (18-994) cannot be verified. If you are requesting 18-980 M.S. research verification, please email a copy of your signed project form to the respective advisor below. Please note the project name (as listed in Student Project Tracker) and the faculty you worked with.
  • Verification for your degree or dates of enrollment is through the Hub, see their website to request a letter with this information.
  • ECE will provide one revision, so please make sure that your initial request lists all the skills you need.
  • After ECE writes a draft letter, have it reviewed by your lawyer as only one signed PDF is provided.

Complete the form here.

Please let the following advisors know if/when you have completed the form: