Carnegie Mellon University

Become an Osher at CMU Member!

Updated February 17, 2021

During Covid we have disbanded our waiting/Prospect list and are currently accepting new members.  To join, please follow the application process by first joining the Prospect List (see red box).  One you have completed the application process you be admitted as a new member.  Going forward,  we plan to offer our courses both on Zoom and in person, so if you live out of the immediate Pittsburgh area, you will still be offered courses once we return to our classrooms.

Pathways to Membership - See Above

The quality and diversity of the courses we offer has made our program highly sought after. Unable to accept as many applicants as we’d like, we have created four paths to membership: the Prospect List, the Fast Track Program, having an affiliation to CMU or Chatham University, being an Eden Hall Neighbor, and becoming a Study Leader.

The most conventional path to membership is to join the Prospect List. Prospects are invited annually, in the spring, to membership. Time spent as a prospect is 6 to 18 months. While on the Prospect List, you are able to take classes. Prospects may register for courses on the Open Course List after members have had an opportunity to register, usually two weeks before classes begin. The current registration fee is $85 per term. 

Join the Prospect List 

Fast Track Program

Once you are on the Prospect List, this program is designed to "fast track" a prospect’s path to membership by volunteering in our office. After volunteering for 30 hours within six months, prospects will receive an invitation to membership. Volunteers must have basic office skills, including computer navigation. If you are interested in volunteering, please check the appropriate box in the Prospect List application.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CMU is pleased to announce that the organization is now accepting immediate membership from the CMU community. Previously, all applicants would have to wait from 2 to 3 years on the organization’s prospect list before being invited to join. Affiliates are restricted to: 

  • Active Employees (current and up to 1 year after retirement) are defined as current faculty or staff who are "medical benefits eligible" and their spouse or legal domestic partner.
  • Former Employees are defined as former faculty or staff and their spouse or legal domestic partner who would be "medical benefits eligible" or former faculty or staff that has at least 10 years of cumulative service with CMU.
  • CMU Alum must have graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Parents/spouse of CMU Alum are also invited to membership.

Please allow 2 months to process an affiliate application. Note that membership dues are $100 per calendar year.

CMU Affiliate Application

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CMU is pleased to announce that the organization is now accepting immediate membership from the Chatham community. Previously, all applicants would have to wait from 2 to 3 years on the organization’s prospect list before being invited to join. Affiliates are restricted to: 

  • Active Employees (current and up to 1 year after retirement) are defined as current faculty or staff who are "medical benefits eligible" and their spouse or legal domestic partner.
  • Former Employees are defined as former faculty or staff and their spouse or legal domestic partner who would be "medical benefits eligible" or former faculty or staff that has at least 10 years of cumulative service with Chatham.
  • Chatham Alum must have graduated from Chatham University with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Parents/spouse of Chatham Alum are also invited to membership.

Please allow 2 months to process an affiliate application. Note that membership dues are $100 per calendar year.

Chatham Affiliate Application

As a benefit of our partnership with Chatham University - Eden Hall Campus, we are allowing the immediate membership to those who live in the surrounding areas of the Eden Hall Campus. Before filling out this application, please be sure you live with an address in one of the following 5-digit ZIP codes:

15007, 15015, 15024, 15044, 15051, 15076, 15084, 15086, 15090, 15101, 15116, 15237, 15238, 16002, 16033, 16046, 16053, 16055, 16056, 16059, 16066

Once your application has been filled out, you will be contacted by a member of the Osher at CMU staff to begin processing your application and payment for membership. Membership dues are $100, and they cover the benefits for one calendar year (January-December).

Eden Hall Neighbor Application

Teach for us! Propose a course and upon acceptance and completion of a 5 or 6-week course, you and your significant other will be invited to become members. Our members gain insight and knowledge in your skilled area and you become a member of our program.

Teach for us