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Carnegie Mellon University - Australia



Located in the heart of Adelaide's bustling city centre, Carnegie Mellon University, Australia, is a specialist educational institution which focuses on delivering high-quality degree programs within the fields of public policy and information technology. The Adelaide school was founded as the first international campus of its American counterpart college, the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, which is a world-leading public research college, considered to offer the top Information and Technology Management course in the United States.

Carnegie Mellon university provides a unique and powerful platform from which to understand and influence the global issues of the 21st Century, and remains the only university worldwide to approach these challenges through the research of a unified faculty consisting of information technology, social science and management science. The university is a world leader in robotics, with projects involving autonomous vehicles, flying car technologies and even a combined art and technology project in collaboration with Google, called the Lunar X Mission.

Carnegie Mellon is currently ranked as the number one university for the number of successful start-ups created per dollar of research money spent since 2007. It has a consistent dialogue with domestic and global research networks, and a prosperous connection to future-focused industries. The university has three key degree program pathways Public Policy and Management, Information Technology Management, and Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, with specialisations at later stages within each course.

Successful candidates will study and live in the coastal city of Adelaide, the state capital of Southern Australia. The state has a warm and dry climate, and miles of beaches and scenic landscapes to explore. Adelaide is an inclusive and diverse cosmopolitan city, surrounded by a wine-producing region which ranks highly in quality of life assessments.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The Carnegie Mellon University degree is recognised in Australia and the United States.

Students will be taught by qualified faculty, who draw their expertise from across the CMU global network. CMU faculty gain and share knowledge through its faculty from different CMU campuses.

CMU uses a variety of teaching methods to teach its students its programs through lectures, seminars, and case study discussions. All of its students are provided a course outline at the commencement of each course that shows the course structure and requirements, the learning outcomes, and the assessment.

Face-to-face teaching at CMU is delivered by faculty in Adelaide and Pittsburgh, while some are taught by faculty in video mode.

The university is home to award winning faculty and alumni in the fields of art, science and technology.

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Why study here?

Why study here?

A few more reasons to study at CMU Australia...

  • Carnegie Mellon University consistently ranks among the world's top 50 universities and is known for its unique interdisciplinary environment.
  • Students graduate with a Carnegie Mellon University US degree. Carnegie Mellon University was ranked No.1 among US universities for start-up companies created per research dollar spent.
  • It is a world leader in robotics. Its researchers are working on developing a flying car and a robot that can be operated on the moon through Google's Lunar X Mission.
  • CMU is among the best in the globe for many of its subject offerings, according to various international rankings. It ranks No.1 in Information and Technology Management, No.6 in Public Policy Analysis and No.20 University of the World (2020 U.S. News and World Report).
  • Employers seeking new hires ranked Carnegie Mellon No.1 for computer science, No.7 in business, and No.4 in finance, and No.10 overall (2010 Wall Street Journal poll).

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Study options

Study options

Public Policy and Management

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) helps students who are aspiring to be future leaders and managers of a private, public, or non-profit organizations to achieve their career goal.

The study options on offer include:

  • MSPPM 12-Month Track
  • MSPPM 21-Month Track
  • MSPPM (Digital Transformation and Analytics Specialisation)
  • MSPPM Global 21-Month Track
  • MSPPM (Managing Public Private Partnerships)

Information Technology Management

The university's master's in information technology/ information systems management programs are ranked consistently among the world's most elite in the field.

Study options students can choose from include...

  • MSIT-ITM 12-Month Track
  • MSIT-ITM 21-Month Track
  • MSIT-ITM (Information Security Specialisation)
  • MISM Global 21-Month Track

Business intelligence and data analytics

CMU's business intelligence and data analytics (BIDA) programs produce graduates who are skilled in business process analysis, technology management, and data science.

Study options on offer in the subject area include...

  • MSIT-BIDA 21-Month Track
  • Graduate Certificate in BIDA
  • Advanced Certificate in BIDA

Visit the website for more details on study options and admissions details.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Industry projects

Students have the opportunity to be involved in a range of industry projects with both private and government organisations during study. These will help students gain necessary skills for structuring, carrying out, and managing projects in organisations.


Some 21-month programs require students to take up internships- in which case they will be supported by the university in finding suitable internship opportunities. These allow students to gain a good understanding of practical work challenges, adding greater depth to the theoretical knowledge gained from their degrees.

CMU graduates are highly sought after by employers. CMU ranked No.10 in a Wall Street Journal survey of the Top 25 U.S. universities which was favoured by employers in the year 2010. The university also ranked No.1 in information technology and management and No.8 in public policy analysis as per the 2016 US News & World 2016 Graduate Rankings.

CMU Australia graduates work for top employers in Australia, the US and all across the globe on graduation such as Google, Amazon, eBay, Boeing, Facebook, Microsoft, KPMG, IBM, PwC, LinkedIn, Fujitsu, South Australian Government, Deloitte, and General Motors to name a few.

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CMU-A scholarships

CMU Australia Scholarships are awarded to international students from South America, Africa, and Asia- who are applying to master programs in CMU Australia for August 2021. These offer AUD 30,000 for 21-month master's degrees, and AUD 20,000 for 12-month master's degrees. Students who are considered excellent applicants may be awarded up to 60 per cent off their total tuition fee.

CMU-A Strategic Partner scholarship

CMU-A Strategic Partner scholarships are awarded for all programs other than global programs and the value of the scholarships vary. CMU Australia, in partnership with university and industry, provides financial support. Admitted students who are affiliated with the university's partners are awarded these scholarships.

Transition support package

This package awards up to AUD 4,500 (AUD 2,500 for global programs) to its international students on their arrival in Adelaide. This is inclusive of a one-way flight from their home country, complimentary airport pick-up, accommodation for four weeks, a laptop, and phone allowance for one year. Students studying remotely may reimburse for their laptop cost for up to AUD 1,500.

Visit the CMU website for more details.

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