School Overview

Carnegie Mellon University is a major private research institution based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon ranks among the world's most prestigious universities, boasting some of the best STEM programs available. The university is named after its founder, famed businessman Andrew Carnegie. Its prime location in a historic, business-oriented city serves students interested in business and entrepreneurship. CMU offers degrees at every level, but its graduate-level programs boast the most renown.

Quick Facts

  • Location Pittsburgh, PA
  • Recieving Financial Aid 39%
  • School Type Private
  • Student-To-Faculty Ratio 13:1



(412) 268-2000


Popular Programs

  • MBA
  • Business Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Cybersecurity

Notable Alumni

CMU alumni have won 10 Academy Awards, 20 Nobel prizes, 131 Emmy Awards, and 13 Turing Awards, among other distinctions. Notable alumni include painter and pop-art icon Andy Warhol; John Forbes Nash, recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics; and billionaire investor Romesh Wadhwani.

About Pittsburgh, PA

Andrew Carnegie's influence on Pittsburgh remains apparent. Nicknamed the Steel City due to Carnegie's successful steel company, Pittsburgh grew into an industrious city known for its various businesses, startups, colleges, and universities. Pittsburgh also boasts a reputation as a center for arts and culture.


CMU offers two online MBA options: a part-time MBA and a part-time flex MBA. Both programs use online courses, but the flex program also allows learners to study on campus in Pittsburgh. Flex students must attend weekend on-campus courses 6 times per year. CMU expects students to continue working while earning their MBAs, estimating both programs to take 32 months to complete.

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Retention Rate



100% online or hybrid

Instruction Style

Synchronous and asynchronous

Online MBA Facts

  • Online MBA Programmatic Accreditation AACSB
  • Online MBA Credit Requirements 48
  • Online MBA Program Length 32 months

Online MBA Concentrations

Student Life

CMU students enjoy plenty of options for extracurricular activities. Learners may get involved with student government or choose from 280 club and organization options. Community service also plays a large role in student life. Additionally, CMU connects students with internships, research programs, and professional development opportunities.

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Athletic Association

NCAA Division III

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Online Clubs and Organizations

  • Scotch'n'Soda Theatre
  • Actuarial Club
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity


CMU offers a flexible online MBA and uses rolling admission for some parts of the year, though students should apply one month before they plan to enroll. The university waives application fees for learners who apply during rolling admission. Each applicant should submit a current resume, a personal essay, a professional recommendation, and unofficial academic transcripts.

Online MBA Admission

  • GMAT Required for Online MBA GMAT preferred; GRE accepted
  • Online MBA Application Deadline Rolling

Transfer Student Admission

  • Maximum Transferable Credits 45 CMU units, equivalent to five courses

International Student Admission

  • TOEFL Required for Online MBA Yes
  • Minimum TOEFL Test Score 102
  • Application Fee None with rolling admission

Cost & Financial Aid

Just 39% of CMU students receive financial aid, but the university provides larger amounts of aid to students demonstrating financial need. For example, for learners whose families earn less than $50,000 per year, CMU might cover all expenses. CMU offers scholarships, internships, and fellowships, including some specifically for MBA students.

Online MBA Cost

$17,500 per semester

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Carnegie Mellon University?

Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

How many students attend Carnegie Mellon University?

14,625 students attend Carnegie Mellon University, nearly half of whom are graduate students.

What is the tuition for Carnegie Mellon University?

Carnegie Mellon University charges $17,500 per semester for its part-time flex MBA program and part-time online MBA program.

What is Carnegie Mellon University known for?

Carnegie Mellon University boasts a reputation for top-ranked graduate and research degrees, particularly in science, the fine arts, and business.

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