Carnegie Mellon University

Master’s in EPP Program FAQs

Financial Support

All applicants are automatically considered for a limited number of partial, merit-based departmental scholarships available for top MS EPP applicants. MS EPP scholarships are awarded for 2 semesters with an option for a third semester if needed and if the student’s GPA is above 3.0.

We encourage interested applicants to apply to external fellowships. Please find a list of financial support opportunities frequently used by EPP students here. The College of Engineering also provides a list of financial support opportunities.

We encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented communities to apply for the GEM fellowship. Carnegie Mellon participates in GEM and is among the universities with the largest number of GEM fellows.

Master’s students may also find opportunities to work on campus during their time in the program. Usually, both academic and non-academic positions are available. If you are accepted and enrolled, you will have access to these positions through CMU’s Handshake website.

The Curriculum

Once you are admitted and begin your program, we expect you to do well. Most graduate students receive A's or B's in most of their courses. EPP graduate students are expected to maintain a B average and are allowed to count at most two courses with a grade of C towards graduation. Students meet with their advisors each semester to discuss and choose courses consistent with program requirements and their individual objectives. A curriculum progress sheet is maintained to ensure appropriate coverage, planning and progress towards meeting course requirements. 

Research projects are managed by individual faculty and are generally not directed or coordinated by the department. If you are interested in research, we encourage you to reach out to faculty in the program in your area of interest

New M.S. students are initially assigned one or more academic advisors – they can be faculty or academic staff. These advisors help students choose courses and keep track of academic progress.

The Master’s program can be completed in three semesters with a regular course load. It can be completed in two semesters for students who elect a heavier workload.