Carnegie Mellon University - [CMU Australia], Adelaide, South Australia

    Adelaide, South AustraliaLocation
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    Estd 2006established year

    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-A) Adelaide, Courses, Rankings, Admission Criteria, Fees & Scholarships

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    Content writer | Updated on - Jun 17, 2021

    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-A) is home to students from over 20 countries, creating a wide-reaching network of global experts and alumni. The University is part of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, the first international university to establish a campus in Australia. Located in Adelaide, the world’s tenth most liveable city by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Carnegie Mellon's Australian campus offers a range of courses, fully accredited by TEQSA

    Degrees offered at the university include Masters, Executive Education, Specializations, Joint, and Professional certificates programs. Tuition fees at Carnegie Mellon University ranges around AUD 20,000 - AUD 32,000. The university offers a range of scholarships including CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students to support international students. CMU-A offers various job opportunities in Australia for its graduates with an average starting salary of AUD 70,000.


    University Type Private
    Establishment Year 2006
    Location Adelaide, South Australia
    Campus Setting Urban
    Mode of Program Full time/ Part-time
    Program Duration 12-21 months
    On-Campus Accommodation Not available
    Test Scores Required TOEFL/ IELTS/ GMAT/ GRE
    Work Experience Required for 12-month programs

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Courses

    Carnegie Mellon University, Australia offers masters courses in Public Policy and Management, Information Technology Management and Business Intelligence and Data Analytics along with Executive Education.

    • Students can enroll full-time (12 months) or part-time (21 months) for CMU Australia courses.
    • Programs delivered meet the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework and CRICOS Register of providers of Educational Services for Overseas students.
    • Carnegie Mellon’s Executive Education Programs focus on regulation, anti-corruption and management offering expertise for senior and mid-level managers.

    Top Programs at Carnegie Mellon University Australia

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Campus

    CMU Australia campus is home to students coming from over 20 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Adelaide campus is among the most international of CMU’s campuses.

    • CMU Australia prefers small class sizes that promote the active participation of students within each program.
    • Carnegie Mellon University houses a variety of lecture rooms equipped with microphones, to record lectures for future reference.
    • Faculty members at CMU-A offer personal guidance and ensure that each student gets an opportunity to succeed.

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Residence 

    • Carnegie Mellon University does not offer university-based residence to students.
    • Reports have shown that living in Adelaide is 19% cheaper than living in Melbourne and Sydney and 7% cheaper than living in Perth and Brisbane.
    • There are more than 26 non-university owned student accommodations in Australia for CMU students.
    • Accommodations cost within 8,840 AUD to 39,000 AUD per annum.

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Admission Process 

    Students applying for Carnegie Mellon University Australia admissions must choose a program, then make sure they meet the minimum entry requirements. Students need to submit the application at least two months before commencement of studies.

    Application portal: CMU Australia Online Portal or through Education Agents

    Basic Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
    • Personal Statement (at least 1000 words)
    • Resume/CV
    • Passport copies
    • Financial Statement
    • Professional work experience (Minimum 3 years of experience required for 12-month programs)
    • Two letters of recommendation

    English Language Requirements for International Students

    International applicants must fulfill the requirement of minimum English language test scores for an unconditional offer. Tests accepted and their minimum scores are:

    Test Minimum scores required
    TOEFL 22 on each section
    IELTS 6.5

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Cost of Attendance

    The cost of attendance for international students comprises the annual tuition fee, accommodation rent, and other essential expenses. The cost of living in Australia for an international student is around 20,040 AUD per year. Breakdown of cost of attendance at Carnegie Mellon University Australia:

    Items Amount (AUD)
    Accommodation Rent 90-440
    Food 80-280
    Gas & Electricity 35-140
    Phone & Internet 20-55
    Transport costs 15-55
    Entertainment 80-150

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Scholarships

    At Carnegie Mellon University Australia, most full-time non-sponsored international students receive some form of scholarship support. Financial aids available for international students include scholarships, grants, student jobs, and external aids. CMU Australia scholarships available to international students include:

    Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria Amount Awarded
    CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students Awarded to international masters students from Africa, Asia, and South America. Value of 30,000 AUD for a 21-month master's degree and 20,000 for a 12-month master's degree.
    Policy Frontiers Scholarship Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) students. 60% of the tuition fee
    CMU-A Strategic Partner Scholarship Program All programs except Global programs Varies
    Colombia - COLFUTURO Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and Master of Science in Information Technology Students who receive a loan from COLFUTURO will receive a partial scholarship from CMU-A.
    Guatemala - GuateFuturo Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and Master of Science in Information Technology Students who receive a loan from GUATEFUTURO will receive a partial scholarship from CMU-A.

    Note: Students can also apply for government-funded scholarships and loans to study in Australia.

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Alumni Network

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia has an alumni network of over 95,000 members worldwide. It offers various benefits for its alumni, these include:

    • Connection to job vacancies and postings from the Heinz College and Career and Professional Development Center through Handshake
    • Unique access to being part of a growing LinkedIn community
    • Exclusive access to CMU Australia alumni events and resources to enrich the professional and personal lives of alumni

    Notable alumni include:

    • Kristin Carson - Associate Research Professor, University of South Australia
    • James Tan – Software Developer, TCPinPoint
    • Yulin Zhou – Consultant at Velrada
    • Himanshu Parashar –Senior consultant, PwC Australia
    • Alvaro Cedeno – Executive in Residence at Geneva Centre for Security Policy

    Carnegie Mellon University Australia Placements

    Carnegie Mellon University in Australia provides its students with careers counselling and professional coaching services to assist students and alumni to progress their careers. Top employers including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, KPMG, EY and Deloitte offer full-time or part-time employment for students at CMU Australia. Some of the services for students, include:

    • Individual Counselling
    • Workshops - Resume writing, interview skills, negotiating job offers, business etiquette and case interviews
    • Employer Networking
    • Career Services Team - support students in finding internships

    At Carnegie Mellon University, Australia, MSIT graduates reported a salary between 53,000 AUD to 110,000 AUD and MSPPM graduates between 64,000 AUD to 110,000 AUD annually. Carnegie Mellon University Australia ranks among the top Australian universities, for providing highest starting salaries for its graduates along with professional skills.


    Ques. When is the next intake and deadline for applications at CMU Australia?

    Ans. Deadline for August Intake at CMU Australia is 30 June, 2021.

    Ques. What are the required scores for IELTS or TOEFL?

    Ans. Stuents need to have minimum IELTS (academic) overall of 6.5 with 6.0 in all sub-bands or TOEFL 22 in all bands.

    Ques. Do I need GMAT or GRE to apply to CMU-A?

    Ans. Students need to submit valid test results from either the GRE (General Test) or the GMAT from within the last five years. Applicants sponsored by one of the university’s partners may opt to sit for the CMU Australia Institutional Maths Online Test (IMOT).

    Ques. What are the required scores for GMAT, GRE or CMU Institutional Maths Online Test?

    Ans. GRE - 300, GMAT - 600 and CMU Institutional Maths Online Test - 80%

    Ques. Can I still complete internships?

    Ans. Yes. The university encourages and supports students to look for virtual internships.

    Ques. Does Carnegie Mellon University in Australia offer a PhD program?

    There are no PhD programs available at Carnegie Mellon University in Australia. However, graduates go on to PhD programs at leading universities around the world.

    Ques. Does CMU-A offer scholarships?

    Yes, the university offers a range of competitive scholarships for international students including Academic merit-based scholarships valued up to 50% of total tuition (all programs except Global).

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    Carnegie Mellon University Overview

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    $32,600 / Year

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    College Rating

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    9.3 /10

    I was surfing the net for colleges and when I looked at this college website I was inspired by their vision of providing great knowledge to everyone and improving personal lives, organizations and societies. I applied to the college through a common online portal with no application fees

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    The course provides us with solid information and analytics technologies with best practices and applied business methods. they are preparing us for our future and provides us with knowledge about various topics and gives hands-on experience. They are helping us in tackling real-life situations

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    I randomly opened the college website while surfing the net and I was astonished by looking at what they were offering to their students. I decided to apply for this college and I was also surprised with no application fees. I applied to a common online portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course is providing us with a piece of next-level information about things. It is helping us in building a solid foundation. The college provides us with internships so that we can understand our theoretical subjects more easily. My college abides 3’cs (connect, collaborate, connect)and so did my course.

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    One of my cousin who is pass-out form this college had advised to take admission here plus I had heard a very nice reviews as well. An online application form was submitted by me for which no application fee was required. My bachelors score of 9.2 GPA helped me a lot in the process.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course me taught how to aggregate, analyse, and most importantly monetise the growing surge of available data. Curriculum included predictive modelling, analytical reporting, GIS mapping, segmentation analysis, and data visualisation. Students acquired the skills to integrate cutting edge information and analytics technologies with best practices and applied business methods.

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    Most of my friends were applying in this University so I also applied along with them. In order to get admission I had to submit an online application form for which I was charged no application fee. They even considered my bachelors score of 9.6 GPA.

    Course Curriculum :

    Through the course I gained the technical and analytical skills necessary for change, the communication skills to create clear and persuasive content and presentations, and the leadership skills. The curriculum gave me better understanding of current trends in information technology that can help me tackle complex policy issues.

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    8.3 /10

    The college is best for my field of education. I wanted to go to college which would give me confidence, and a new personality that will help me in my future. So I decided to go to this college. I entered the college and registered through the college portal with an application fee of $75.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum helps me to understand and facilitate the strategic and operational benefits of the business model and technology. It also is preparing me with opportunities and skills so that I would be able to work with the private and public sectors.

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    Torrens Buidling, 220 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

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    Bus Station

    Stop G1 Wakefield St - North side0.02 km
    Stop U1 Wakefield St - South side0.08 km
    Stop F2 King William St - North East side0.11 km
    Stop VS3 Victoria Sq - East side0.15 km
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    Adelaide Airport6.70 km
    Kingscote Airport131.25 km
    Whyalla Airport231.11 km
    Port Lincoln Airport251.11 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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