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.

2019-2020 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 each year (or semester) of the program:

Fall #1 Spring #1 Fall #2 TOTALS
Tuition $22,665 $22,665 ~$23,350 ~68,680
Student Activities Fee $109 $109 ~$112 ~$330
Transportation Fee $112 $112 ~$115 ~$339
Technology Fee $215 $215 ~$221 ~$651
BASE TOTAL $23,101 $23,101 ~$23,798 ~$70,000
Max Scholarship ($11,000) ($11,000) ~($11,697) ~($33,697)
NET TOTAL $12,101 $12,101 ~$12,101 ~$36,303

Note: Graduate Students are also responsible for securing medical insurance. Insurance can be purchased directly from the University at a cost of $2,627 for 2019-2020 unless an insurance waiver is approved.  Please review the University Health Services website for full details.

2019-2020 Funding Opportunities


Students accepted into the MAPW program may be eligible for Departmental Scholarships which cover up to $11,000 per semester of Tuition Costs (increasing to ~$11,697/semester in the final semester

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.

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.