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Graduate Financial Aid


The School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University offers competitive fellowships and assistantships based on merit and institutional need. The average award covers 70% of tuition.

A Graduate Assistantship, available only for Master's candidates, reduces tuition by $10,000 per year and requires the student to work 10 hours per week for their assigned supervisor.

Graduate applicants will apply for assistantships through the School of Music online aplication.

Fellowship and Assistantships are typically not available for Certificate candidates.

The School of Music awards each enrolling Artist Diploma candidate a full-tuition fellowship with no requirement of assistantship responsibilities.

Tuition 2018-2019

  • Master of Music (Per year): $38,750.00
  • Certificate in Advanced Music Studies (Two semesters of study): $ 9,900.00
  • Music Education Certification: $539.00 per unit

All admitted domestic graduate students at Carnegie Mellon are eligible for federal loans through The Hub. Please visit Graduate Financial Aid for further information on funding options and note that your FAFSA is processed after you choose to enroll at Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon makes comprehensive student consumer information available to all students and interested parties. 

Admitted student appeals for fellowship or assistantship should be sent directly to:

W. Colby Carson
Director of Recruitment and Enrollment
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890