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 Professional Writing Masters program receive a tuition remission scholarship that generally covers approximately 48% of the graduate tuition.

2022-2023 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 $24,280 $24,280 ~$24,765 ~$73,325
Student Activities Fee $114 $114 ~$115 ~$343
Transportation Fee $125 $125 ~$130 ~$380
Technology Fee $225 $225 ~$230 ~$680
BASE TOTAL $24,744 $24,744 ~$25,240 ~$74,728
Max Scholarship ($11,750) ($11,750) ~($11,750) ~($35,250)
NET TOTAL $12,994 $12,994 ~$13,490 ~$39,478

Note: Tuition and other Costs for upcoming Academic Years 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 unless an insurance waiver is approved.  Please review the University Health Services website for full details.

2022-2023 Funding Opportunities - MAPW


Students accepted into the MAPW program may be eligible for Departmental Scholarships which cover up to $11,750 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 you choose to join our program, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional financial support through paid research assistantships. Our 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 our graduate students typically hold such a position at some point during their time in the program.

Consulting for Communication Support

Who is eligible: All admitted graduate students are invited to apply for a consulting position with Communication Support
Amount: ~$18/hr

Communication Support, a part of the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) has trained consultants who are ready to help CMU students, faculty, and staff with any kind of written, verbal, or visual project. SASC and Communication Support strive to help make sure ideas are clear and communicated effectively. Communication Support offers free consulting Sunday through Friday, and free workshops regularly throughout the semester.