Cost of Attendance

The MSAII program is a component of the CMU School of Computer Science. Tuition rates are listed as a fall/spring per-semester tuition, plus additional summer semester tuition.  These figures increase every academic year, and the 2019 figures are estimates only.  New students should factor in an approximately 5 percent increase per year into any budget computation. Admited students must take, and pay for, the distance education course 15-513, Introduction to Computer Systems.  You must take at least 36-units per semester to be considered a full-time student, including for VISA purposes. The per unit fee changes each year, and courses are typically 12 units each. You must also provide your own laptop.

Here's an example breakdown of ESTIMATED costs for the MSAII program.

CostSummer Distance Ed CourseFall 2020Spring 2021Fall 2021Spring 2022
Tuition2,79626,50026,500TBATBA
Activity Fee0111111
Books and Supplies (estimate)01,1061,106
Health Insurance03,0210
PAT (public transportation) fee0122122
Technology Fee0220220

Financial Assistance

The MSAII program does not offer financial assistance, but our students find various ways to finance their education, including external scholarships, loans, university employment or payment in full. Teaching assistantships are sometimes available, only in the second and third semester. The assistantship covers only a small part of the cost of tuition. Many organizations award external scholarships for Carnegie Mellon students, and U.S. citizens may also finance the cost of education through government-secured Stafford Loans. For more information on graduate student financial aid please visit the financial aid website.