Carnegie Mellon University

MS Cost and Support

Affording Your Graduate Program

Affordability and flexibility are big factors when choosing your graduate degree program and we understand that this is an investment in your career. 

To attract and keep the best graduate students, we offer competitive financial packages that can reduce your tuition fees by 20 to 100%. These competitive, merit-based scholarships make tuition comparable or more affordable than programs offered by top-ranked publicly-funded institutions.

Pittsburgh is also a very dynamic and affordable city where residents can find economical housing close to campus and still be able to enjoy top-notch eateries and cultural attractions. 

Flexibility to Accelerate Program

One other factor to consider is our flexibility. Our MS program is designed as a three semester program, students may choose to accelerate their study and graduate after two semesters with a heavier courseload. This is a great option for students who are eager to enter the workforce after graduation.

Scholarship Quick Facts

  • You may be offered a merit-based scholarships that can reduce the overall cost of your tuition by 20-100%
  • Every applicant is automatically considered for merit-based scholarship award.

Percentage of Student Merit-Based Scholarhip Awards

This chart shows the percentage of admitted students who were awarded a scholarship, in any amount, to cover tuition and fees.  

Fall 2021           61%            
Fall 2020  


Fall 2019 46%
Fall 2018 53%
For up-to-date general information on graduate student tuition and fees, please visit the CMU HUB.

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 this program is July 1 – November 15.