Tuition & Expenses-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

What does it cost to attend CMUs School of Architecture Graduate Programs?


The tuition rate for the graduate programs in Architecture for 2014-2015 is $35,220. This covers the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters only. The Master programs offered in the School of Architecture vary in expected completion time (see the Tuition Chart below). Note: Tuition rates for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 are subject to change and will not be determined until March 2015.

  • The MUD and MSSD programs require 3 semesters of tuition payments: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Summer tuition is charged based on the number of units carried. The unit rate for Summer 2015 is expected to be $489 per unit. Therefore we expect tuition for Summer 2015 to be approximately $11,736.
  • The MSAECM program is taken for (9) months or (16) months. The 9-month program must be taken in Fall and Spring semesters. The 16-month program (Fall, Spring, Fall) entails three semesters of tuition payment, as well as a summer internship (no tuition payment).
  • The MSBPD program requires four semesters (two years) of tuition payments.
  • The MTID and MSCD programs require four semesters of tuition payments. Students who have completed certain pre-requisites, can finish the program in three semesters.

Tuition Chart for School of Architecture Master-level programs:

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
MSAECM √           
(Internship) (√)        
MSCD Optional to end early  
MTID Optional to end early

Costs in addition to tuition:
For the year 2014-2015 CMU estimated overall costs (not including tuition) are $21,616 or greater. This includes compulsory fees, living expenses, and health insurance. Please visit the HUB's Tuition & Fees website for a breakdown of these costs & any available updates.


Master Students:

We are pleased to offer Master students a one-time scholarship of $6,000, entered as $3,000 in both the Fall 14 and Spring 15 semesters. This scholarship is based upon timely payment of tuition and successful completion of each of these semesters as a full time student.

In addition, A Graduate Assistantship is available to full time Master students in the Fall 14 semester. This assistantship entails working as an employee of the University for approximately four (6) hours per week at a rate of $15 per hour for up to 67 hours (up to $1000), based upon full time enrollment. We offer Fall assistantships to all master students and during the Fall, you may apply for a Spring assistantship. Spring assistantships are awarded based on Fall performance, academic standing, etc. and 

We regret that the School is unable to provide additional financial support for your study. It is possible, though by no means certain, that once you arrive at Carnegie Mellon you may learn of other opportunities for financial support beyond what the School can offer.

PhD Students:

Financial support for PhD students, although administered through the School, is provided by individual faculty members, typically from research grants and contracts. If financial support is available it may take the form of tuition-only, or tuition plus a monthly stipend. Following your admission, the School will advise you of any financial support that faculty members are able to offer you. Continued financial support depends on availability of funds and your satisfactory performance.

Self-supporting PhD students (i.e., those who pay their own tuition) will be offered Graduate Assistantships (see above, under Master students).

For additional information please visit the Graduate Student Financial Aid page on the University's HUB website.

DPP Students:

DPP students are offered a scholarship of $6,000, entered as $3,000 in both the Fall 14 and Spring 15 semesters. This scholarship is based upon timely payment of tuition and successful completion of each of these semesters as a full time student. DPP students are also offered financial assistance for the two required trips.

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