Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.48 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and ABET
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 12,367 (5,917 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 14% part-time, 86% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $39,516
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3.57 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

One of the greatest pros of my graduate program at Carnegie Mellon is the vast amount of knowledge we as students have access to each day. Countless world renowned professors are all around us, and although their primary focus is often see as educating in the classroom, they go above and beyond by spending extra time to answer all students’ questions and finding ways to help us succeed not only as students, but as young professionals as well. I believe the professors are by far the biggest strength of my graduate program. One of the only cons I have encountered in my program is that the general required courses tend to have a larger class size than those courses that are more specified and optional. I personally find that the smaller the class size, the more beneficial the learning environment is.
4.32 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Carnegie Mellon is well-respected in the region and worldwide so the reputation goes a long way; strong emphasis on quantitative skills and technology that makes graduates much more employable; Pittsburgh is a very affordable and enjoyable city to live in; access to world-class faculty and research Cons: Intense work-load; competition between students is unbearable sometimes; ability to seek help from professors is hit or miss
4.57 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Heinz College offers a great program in Public Policy. Although it is known for being one of the most quantitative policy programs, it is not as rigorous as I thought it might be. Having come to Heinz with a quantitative background, I was expecting the program to be more quantitative than it is. However, the program is set up to take students with a liberal arts background and bring them up to speed with respect to quantitative skills. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, and most of them are still active in their fields. The school offers a considerable amount of financial aid, and they have an incredible alumni network.
4.68 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros - outstanding education, environment, and culture. Job opportunities are plentiful. Cons - transportation within Pittsburgh is mediocre.
4.46 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The Heinz College overall is a great school to attend. The breadth of materials covered is far more diverse and quantitatively focused than at other similar policy graduate programs. Highly recommended.
4.96 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The best part about my graduate program is that there is a heavy emphasis on networking within our career field. CMU sets you up for success every step of the way by sending you to film festivals and the second year the courses are in LA while you are interning.
4.14 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: You will meet a lot of diverse students and you work with faculty who have worked in the fields they are teaching. There are tons of opportunities for networking with employers and entrepreneurs, and there are lots of resources to use to find employment. Cons: I think the program is too career-oriented, which makes classes less challenging than they could be.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Carnegie is a great school, small campus, few programs compared to large schools like Stanford but their programs are very rich in quality. Pittsburgh is a very nice and affordable and safe city to live in as well.
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