60% Scholarship Award for Australian Students. Valued at $28,000 towards your tuition.

Carnegie Mellon University Australia is offering scholarships valued at $28,000. The scholarships are being made available only to Australian citizens and permanent residents enrolling for its Masters programs.

Downer Rann Scholarships

Carnegie Mellon University is ranked 20 in the world by the Times World University rankings. In Australia, the university offers Masters programs in public policy and IT. For both programs, the scholarships and the terms under which they are offered have been designed specifically for members of the South Australian public service looking to enhance their professional skills.

Programs covered by the scholarship

Public Policy and Management

This program combines disciplines of policy analysis, economics and financial analysis with practical skills in management, IT and empirical methods. The skills acquired in these areas are in demand across the South Australian public service.

Information Technology Management

Includes courses in Java programming, programming in R, Python, data mining and analytics, and telecommunication as well as management courses.

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

Customised for students seeking to develop cutting edge skills in IT Management and data analytics, the program provides you with knowledge of how technology interacts with business processes, strategy, and policy.

There is an unlimited number of scholarships being made available to permanent Australian residents.

The courses offered in Adelaide are the same in all respects as those offered in the US. The final degree is awarded from the US and is accredited in both Australia and the US.

The courses may be taken for 12 months full-time or up to 5 years part-time. The scholarships represent a discount of 60% on the normal course fees. Members of the South Australian Public Service may also be able to access salary sacrifice subject to advice from the Government’s approved advisor.

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 Units

Cost Per Unit

Total Cost

Information Technology
144AUD $330
AUD $47,520
Public Policy
198AUD $288
AUD $57,024

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.