Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(4.07 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 170 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 12,963 (6,049 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 14% part-time, 86% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $41,371
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

A huge pro is networking, hands down. There are so many opportunities for students in many different programs to secure jobs before they even graduate. The only con is that sometimes school takes up so much time, that it's hard to hold a job which is absolutely necessary when loans run out.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent education. Extremely challenging, but you have your pick of jobs afterwards. The social life is lacking, but it's what you make of it.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The program was a good investment of time and money. CMU is a great school.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Too much load at times, and we pay a lot. The salary as Teaching or Research Assistant is way too low. The quality of teaching is very high.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017

CMU probably does not have a good student work-life balance. But otherwise it's a great place to learn and perform top notch research. There are plenty of opportunities and it's upto the students to make the best use of it. Everything on campus is too expensive, be it food or stationary, etc. Student transportation facility is very good.
1.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2015

Not relatable to real world careers. Faculty uninterested in masters students. Great for international students with little or no work experience!
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019

It's a difficult program, but the quality of education is high. You are working with the best people in your field.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2017

Pittsburgh is fantastic. It's a great city to live in, there's lots of cultural stuff to do: lots of concerts, both in gritty neighborhood bars as well as gilded concert halls downtown. It has opera, ballet, a symphony orchestra, half a dozen (that I know of) museums—Pittsburgh weighs in as a big city, in terms of entertainment and culture available, while still being only moderately sized. Plus, the cost of living is quite small, and given Mellon College of Science's graduate student stipend/salary (which, I've heard, is one of the highest in the country), I've lived very comfortably and enjoyably during grad school. No ramen noodles for me. The physics department's main weakness is a small number of pen-and-paper theorists, though those we do have (Xiao, Rothstein, Swendsen, Widom, Deserno) are quite good. And we have a lot of top notch computational theorists, especially in cosmology. That's probably, currently, the highlight of our department. With that said, the experimental side is quite big. Being in condensed matter, I don't know much about how our other experimental groups are doing. I know they're involved with the big collaborations; people are constantly traveling to and from Jefferson Lab, CERN, that beamline at Cornell, I don't know... lots of places. As for condensed matter, we have experts in magnetic materials and in applied devices (Feenstra is a pioneer of certain microscopy techniques and did a lot of important work on MOSFETs; now they work on more generic FETs and 2D materials like graphene and h-BN). And we have a new experimentalist who sounds quite interesting, working on fractional quantum hall, graphene-like materials, and Hofstatder's butterfly, to name a few things. We also have bi-weekly socials with pretty high end craft beer and pizza (with a vegan option!). The department is quite friendly, and worth checking out.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

I went to another school for my M.S. and I can say that CMU has an amazing program and network of caring professors. I continue to learn a lot and be challenged. The professors were always willing to help and truly care about their students. It was not like this at my other graduate school.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program includes several courses of advanced technology, which makes a great different.
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