60% Scholarship Award for Australian Students

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia is offering limited scholarships for Adelaide-based full- and part-time students for the January and May 2020 intake. CMU-A offers a comprehensive public policy, technology and management curriculum to give students the skills to navigate the increasingly complex, fast-paced, data-overloaded and uncertain business environment.

What We Offer

Our 12-Month Track Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) degree focusses on the science of policy, technology and management offering a unique syllabus including policy analysis; macro- and micro-economics; statistical methods; cost-benefit analysis; relevant IT applications; strategic planning and leadership development.

The degree is by coursework and is accredited in both Australia and the US where CMU’s public policy program is ranked #6 in the world. (US News & World Report, March 2019).

Our 12-Month Track Information Technology Management (MSIT-ITM) degree is designed for practitioners wishing to update their skills to deal with the changing intruder landscape and to gain a deeper understanding of risk management, data analytics, information security, business intelligence, database management, blockchain and internet of things.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Technology programs are consistently ranked among the world's elite with Information and Technology Management (US News & World Report, March 2019) and Analytics Education (INFORMS-UPS George D. Smith Prize) currently ranked #1 in the world.

Why Study at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University consistently ranks among the top 25 universities in the world and is recognised for its unique Master of Science degree offerings of Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) and Information Technology Management (MSIT). It ranks No. 1 in Information and Technology Management (US News & World Report, March 2019) and Analytics Education (INFORMS-UPS George D. Smith Prize) and No 6 in Public Policy.

Award Value

60% of domestic tuition fee. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Please refer to the fee table below. The per unit costs are inclusive of the financial package from CMU and the Downer-Rann Scholarship.

12-Month Track ProgramsNo. of UnitsAY 2018/2019

Cost Per Unit

AY 2018/2019

Cost Per Unit with

Early Bird Offer for Jan 2020
intake (apply by 15 Dec 2019)
Information Technology
144AUD $318
(AUD $45,792)
AUD $131
(AUD $18,864)
AUD $96
(AUD $13,864)
Public Policy
168AUD $279
(AUD $46, 7872)
AUD $115
(AUD $19,320)
AUD $85
(AUD $14,320)

Programs at Carnegie Mellon

Public Policy (Digital Transformation and Analytics)

Become a leader and manager of a public, private or non-profit organization. Graduate with a better understanding of current trends in technology and analytics can help you tackle complex policy issues.

IT Management (Information Security)

Gain value from technology by understanding how it interacts with business processes, strategy, and policy. With a specialisation on the need to adapt to the changing intruder landscape, you'll gain a deeper understanding of risk management, information security, and data privacy.

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

Aimed at developing an elite set of graduates cross-trained in business process analysis, technology management and data science including predictive modelling, analytical reporting, GIS mapping, segmentation analysis, and data visualisation.

Open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents

The scholarship was established to acknowledge former Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer AC and from South Australian Premier, Mike Rann AC, two individuals who championed the establishment of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia.

Meet our Students

Carnegie Mellon attracts some of the best and brightest students worldwide, which is why we offer competitive scholarships that aids admirable students in reaching their goals.

Jonathan Teubner, Public Policy Graduate, Manager Economic Regulatory Development, Australian Rail Track Corporation

“The CMU Australia degree was the perfect fit for me when I wanted to transition from a purely commercial role to one where I could develop and influence policy direction. I’d recommend the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management to anyone wanting to understand public policy, influence the policy making process, drive policy debate or manage the impacts of policy changes.
“Public policy affects the public and private sectors. So, if you want to constructively engage in the policy debate, I feel you need to understand how policy agendas are set and the drivers that influence policy makers.
“My studies at CMU-A opened up a world of new career opportunities. Consequently, I now work in a senior role where I’m responsible for understanding, managing and influencing the public policy debate in the multi $billion rail and road transportation sector.

Kristin Carson

Associate Research Professor, University of South Australia Public Policy and Management Graduate

“As a scientist I can prove I can save lives; I can reduce expenditure within hospitals; I can reduce the length of stay; I can get people out of hospital quicker; I can increase a patient’s quality of life”, she said.

“What I couldn’t do was to get people to listen to me about it.

Determined to take her work and translate it into evidence and practice, Kristin decided the CMU-A Master of Science in Public Policy and Management was the perfect degree for her.

“Thanks to my CMU-A education I now have the skills and confidence to make practical real-world policy changes."

“A highlight of my career was that I prepared and personally presented a policy agenda memo on the health implications of asthma to the Hon Malcolm Turnbull when he was the Prime Minister of Australia”.

Learn more about Kristin's story

Michael Guy

Senior Environmental Planner EPA, Public Policy Graduate

The courses are challenging and the small class sizes mean lecturers know you by your first name and are always available to chat after class. - Michael Guy, Public Policy Student, Senior Environmental Planner EPA

Pallave Dasari

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Australia, Public Policy Graduate

Carnegie Mellon University is an internationally recognised university and the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management has an excellent reputation. The high standard and reputation are the reasons I chose CMU for my postgraduate career training in policy and management.

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