Head, CMU Australia

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia is part of CMU’s growing global presence, which now has more than a dozen degree-granting locations. The Adelaide campus, is a replica of our main American campus and t degrees granted here are conferred by our main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The criteria for admissions, the curriculum of programs, the calibre of the faculty, and the comprehensive support services match what Pittsburgh offers.

At CMU Australia we understand that prospective post-graduate students are looking to study at an institution that offers a top degree which will set you apart from your peers.

My colleagues and I understand the highest importance you place on education and believe what we have to offer will match or exceed your expectations in terms of quality and value.

Three factors underpin our confidence that CMU Australia offers compelling value and quality for those seeking to undertake post graduate study in


The first factor is our commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the fact that CMU is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. Our Master’s programs are ranked among the Top 10 US universities. We strive for excellence because we want to attract students who strive to be the best information technologists, information systems managers, and public sector professionals that they can be.

The second is our record of performance. The university values good results and the impact that our faculty and graduates make in the world. Our faculty members in Pittsburgh, Adelaide and other campuses have distinguished themselves in their respective areas. The various awards they have received testify to their professional competencies and help explain why our graduates go on to achieve their own successes in different fields.

The third is our pursuit of innovation. CMU is a world-leader in research and development. Our faculty and students have an abiding passion for basic and applied research. With more than 90 centres and institutes, CMU invests substantial resources in research. As the first university to officially form a computer science department, CMU continues to be at the cutting-edge of technology developments. CMU also pioneered the field of decision sciences that has contributed to finding creative solutions to complex problems.

These three factors – commitment to excellence, record of performance, and pursuit of innovation – combine to ensure that we produce graduates who can add tremendous value wherever they apply themselves.

Adding to this, our programs are designed to harness the individual strengths of our students. We work with students to customize their degrees through a variety of course electives that can be taken in Adelaide or from other campuses through video conference classes.

Our curricula for the information technology, information systems, and public policy and management programs provide solid theoretical foundations. Through synthesis projects and internships, students sharpen their skills working with real clients to produce practical deliverables.

With more than 90% of CMU Australia’s students coming from over 20 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, the Adelaide campus is among the most international of CMU’s campuses. The faculty and staff reflect a similar cultural diversity.

I take great pride in the work we do at CMU Australia. This is largely because, to borrow the words of President Farnam Jahanian, “our work is from the heart”. We are passionate about what we can do better for our students. We do not settle for anything less than excellence, performance, and innovation. Because, as CMU founder Andrew Carnegie once said, our goal is to produce graduates who will “do real and permanent good in this world”.

"Do real and permanent good in this world." - Andrew Carnegie

If you are a prospective student reading this page, on behalf of the faculty and staff of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia, we hope to be able to one day welcome you to our campus in Adelaide, South Australia.

Best wishes,

Emil P. Bolongaita

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