Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition Costs and Funding Opportunities

The Departments of English and Modern Languages strive to make their graduate programs financially accessible to all students.

Students accepted into the Global Communication & Applied Translation and Professional Writing programs receive a tuition remission scholarship that generally approximately 48% of the graduate tuition.

2020-2021 Tuition and Related Costs

Rates may change annually, please reference the Dietrich College Student Financial Services webpage for the latest rate information.

Graduate Students are responsible for the following costs for the program:

Fall #1 Spring #1 Fall #2 TOTALS
Tuition $23,345 $23,345 ~$24,045 ~$70,735
Student Activities Fee $111 $111 ~$111 ~$333
Transportation Fee $122 $122 ~$122 ~$366
Technology Fee $220 $220 ~$225 ~$665
BASE TOTAL $23,798 $23,798 ~$24,503 ~$72,099
Max Scholarship ($11,300) ($11,300) ~($11,300) ~($33,900)
NET TOTAL $12,498 $12,498 ~$13,203 ~$38,199

Note: Tuition and other Costs for the upcoming Academic Year have not yet been determined by the University. As such, all figures preceded by a "~" are estimates subject to change.

Graduate Students are also responsible for securing medical insurance. Insurance can be purchased directly from the University at a cost of $3,021 for 2020-2021 unless an insurance waiver is approved.  Please review the University Health Services website for full details.

2020-2021 Funding Opportunities - M.A. GCAT


Students accepted into the Global Communication and Applied Translation masters program may be eligible for Departmental Scholarships which cover up to $11,300 per semester of Tuition Costs.

Research Assistantships (RA-ships)

Who is eligible: All graduate students are eligible to apply for all positions.
Amount: $13/hour  

If accepted applicants choose to join the program, they will have the opportunity to apply for additional financial support through paid research assistantships. Graduate students work with faculty members on a wide array of assignments designed to supplement their coursework and to give them valuable professional experience. These positions generally involve 5-10 hours of work per week at $13/hour. Available positions are generally advertised to incoming students at the beginning of each fall term. While there is no guarantee of an RA-ship, the majority of English graduate students typically hold such a position at some point during their time in the program.

Tutoring at the Global Communication Center

Who is eligible: All admitted graduate students are invited to apply for a tutoring position at the Global Communication Center (GCC). 
Amount: $18-20/hr

The Global Communication Center is an innovative writing center that supports written, oral and visual communication for all CMU students. The GCC offers free one-on-one communication consulting and workshops to undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline. The mission of the GCC is to teach students research-backed strategies and communication principles.  English Department graduate students often hold tutoring positions at the GCC.