Carnegie Mellon University

For students in the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon, we know that affordability and flexibility are big factors when it comes to choosing a graduate degree program.

Our department offers financial packages designed to attract and retain the best graduate students. All applicants to our graduate program are automatically considered for department-funded financial support. A majority of our admitted students to the MS in CEE receive a merit scholarship that can provide anywhere from partial funding, all the way up to full tuition support. Our financial incentives is intended to make our tuition comparable or more affordable than MS degrees offered by the top ranked publicly-funded institutions.

One other factor to consider is our flexibility. While the MS program is usually a three semester program, students may choose to accelerate their study and graduate after two semesters - completely eliminating the tuition in your third semester. This is a great option for students who are eager to enter the workforce after graduation.

Master of Science Scholarships

In recognition of outstanding academic performance, the department provides a number of merit-based scholarships to MS applicants who are admitted to the full-time MS program.

Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and every MS applicant is considered for a scholarship based on their application for admission. If you have won a scholarship award, you will be notified in your official admission letter.

Merit Scholarship offerings include:

  • CEE Department Merit Scholarship
  • Harold A. Thomas Tuition Scholarship
  • Francis C. McMichael Tuition Scholarship
  • CEE Alumni Scholarship

GEM Fellowship Program

The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), a nonprofit organization, was formed to help assist underrepresented groups (African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans) at the masters and doctoral levels in engineering and physical science.

The College of Engineering is pleased to support the GEM Fellowship program by offering a generous award to recipients in the GEM MS Engineering Fellowship Program.  A few select applicants will be eligible for an award which augments the GEM contribution to the fellowship and will help to defray your overall cost of attendance in the MS program at CMU.

The application cycle for these three programs are July 1 – November 15.

Additional Financial Aid and Student Employment Information

For additional information regarding other sources of financial aid, as well as information about Student Employment Opportunities, refer to the Financial Information website for incoming graduate students. 

Part-Time Students 

For up to date general information on graduate student tuition and fees, please visit the CMU HUB for tuition and fee information.

Part-time students are charged tuition at a unit rate.  To determine unit rate, first divide the semester tuition total by 36 to get the per unit cost. This number represents what you will pay per unit. Then, multiply the per unit cost by the number of units for which you are enrolled to determine your individual costs. Part-time students are required to register for a minimum of 12 units. 

CMU staff members considering the part-time option should check with their departments concerning financial arrangements.

Tuition Costs

For up-to-date general information on graduate student tuition and fees, please visit the CMU HUB for tuition and fee information.