Carnegie Mellon University

Financial Resources

Graduate school can be challenging enough without worrying about making ends meet. The MA Program offers several options to help students along financially. More information regarding financial resources can be found at the The HUB Student Financial Resource Center.

Departmental Scholarships

All full-time MA students 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.

Research Assistantships

Full-time MA students are eligible to apply for a research assistant position. Students work with faculty members on a wide array of assignments designed to supplement their coursework and to give them valuable professional experience.

Loans for Graduate Students

Carnegie Mellon offers two federal loan programs: 

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
For more information about Graduate funding options, please visit the CMU Financial Aid website.

Payment Options

Carnegie Mellon offers a tuition payment plan. Visit the Financial Aid Payment Plan website for more information.

Part-time Enrollment

Some students choose to enroll part-time in the MA program, which allows them to work and pursue their degrees at the same time. However, because most of the core courses are offered during the day, part-timers must be able to arrange their work schedules to allow for flexibility.