Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition Costs and Funding Opportunities

The Department of English strives to make its graduate programs financially accessible to all our students.

Students accepted into the Literary and Cultural Studies program receive a departmental scholarship that is applied directly to tuition costs. The scholarship amounts to about a 45% reduction in tuition and is split between the fall and spring semesters.

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 Semester Spring Semester TOTAL COST
Tuition $23,345 $23,345 $46,690
Student Activities Fee $111 $111 $222
Transportation Fee $122 $122 $244
Technology Fee $220 $220 $440
BASE TOTAL $23,798 $23,798 $47,596
Max Scholarship ($10,600) ($10,600) ($21,200)
NET TOTAL $13,198 $13,198 $26,396

Note: Graduate Students are also responsible for securing medical insurance. Insurance can be purchased directly from the University at a cost of $3,021 for 2019-2020 unless an insurance waiver is approved.  Please review the University Health Services website for full details.

2020-2021 Funding Opportunities


Students accepted into the Literary and Cultural Studies M.A. program may be eligible for Departmental Scholarships which cover up to $21,200 of annual Tuition Costs

Research Assistantships (RA-ships)

Full-time and part-time M.A. LCS students receive partial tuition remission and have opportunities to act as paid research assistants( to faculty members on a variety of projects; for example:

  • creating digital and conventional archive
  • editing a range of documents, from textbooks to scholarly articles
  • assisting with documentation

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

All admitted graduate students are invited to apply for a tutoring position at the Global Communication Center (GCC). 
Amount: $18-20/hr depending on the level of graduate study.

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.