What You Can Study at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is helping to shape the world through education, research and outreach.

The campus atmosphere offers opportunities to engage in groundbreaking research. And it's not just graduate students. Undergrads often work alongside professors who are leaders in their fields, with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.

Approximately 96 percent of faculty members have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in their field. Ninety-nine percent of all undergraduate classes are taught by faculty, who often teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. 

And it shows. Our alumni have gone on to become Nobel Prize winners, tech company founders, inventors, orchestra conductors, Oscar-winning producers, and more. (Watch Notable Alumni video »). 

Learn more about our seven distinguished schools and colleges:

While students typically enroll in one of these seven schools/colleges, they still have the opportunity to study beyond one discipline.

Carnegie Mellon is widely recognized for our unique interdisciplinary environment, encouraging work across departmental lines. As a result, our graduates enter the world with the ability to solve complex problems. The university also offers programs that are specifically designed to cross disciplines.

What are athletes saying?

"I love how at CMU I’m able to expand my interests beyond the limits of the classroom. As a psychology major with a focus in child development, I have had the opportunity to gain hands on experience through internships at The Children’s School on campus and at The Children’s Institute off campus. I have been able to get direct exposure and gain new perspectives, which has really complemented my classroom learning." - Women's Basketball athlete and psychology major, Lisa Murphy

"It is far more challenging than any academic program I have been through. It is the first time I have felt fully challenged." - Men's Golf athlete and business major, George Qian

"The flexibility in my academic program is very valuable to me. As a pre-medicine statistics and neuroscience major, I love that I am able to fit in all of my required classes, but still can partake in classes for my other interests." - Women's Swimming and Diving athlete and statistics and neuroscience major, Kim Hochstedler