Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar


In its 115 years, Carnegie Mellon has soared to national and international leadership in higher education and research. A birthplace of innovation since its founding, it continues to be known for innovation, for solving real-world problems and for interdisciplinary collaboration. Its alumni can be found across the globe, among them are Nobel Prize and Turing Award winners, CEOs, entrepreneurs, professors and artists.

In the 2000s, in response to demand for expanded international educational opportunities, Carnegie Mellon began offering degree programs outside of Pittsburgh. In 2003, Qatar Foundation invited Carnegie Mellon to join Education City, a groundbreaking center for scholarship and research. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar opened its doors in 2004 with 41 students. Today, students from 40 different countries enroll at CMU’s world-class facilities in Doha.

At convocation, the incoming class is presented with a tile engraved with the graduation year. When the class graduates, the tile is returned to the dean and then installed in the front walkway of the CMU-Q building. Convocation is a university tradition that welcomes new students and their families to Carnegie Mellon. For the ceremony, first-year students wear the robe and graduation stole that they will wear again at their graduation.

At the graduation ceremony, students wear a tartan stole with the traditional cap and gown. Graduates who have earned academic awards wear additional regalia. The Qatar Campus Scholars wear a silver stole, and the Andrew Carnegie Scholar wears a red stole. The students, faculty, staff and alumni of CMU-Q celebrate the Tartan carnival each fall to play games, have fun and enjoy the cooler weather.

Each year, the Qatari Students Association hosts a celebration of the history and culture of Qatar. The evening includes a sword dance, samples of Qatari food, a falcon demonstration and traditional Qatari games and activities. There are more than three dozen nationalities represented in the CMU-Q student body, and International Day is a student-run event that celebrates this cultural diversity. Students wear traditional dress, participate in cultural dancing and singing and share cuisine from all over the world.

The main campus of Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, USA, and has a tradition of creating work that matters. A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions. With cutting-edge science, innovative start-ups, big data, big ambitions and hands-on learning, CMU doesn’t imagine the future, we create it.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar was established in 2004 at the invitation of Qatar Foundation. Students who attend CMU-Q have identical graduation requirements as those on the main campus. CMU-Q graduates have CMU degrees, conferred from the Pittsburgh campus. Carnegie Mellon is rated among the best in the world. Learn more about our top-ranked programs.

The CMU-Q student body is exceptionally diverse, representing 40 nations and five continents. Students form a busy and active community, participating in clubs, organizing large-scale events, traveling for service and academics, and competing in local and international contests. The low student-to-professor ratio means students receive unparalleled individual attention.

Doha is a unique blend of traditional Arabic community and booming modern city. This exciting expansion provides many opportunities for those looking to stay and work in Doha when they complete their studies. Students at Carnegie Mellon Qatar learn beyond the classroom through a slate of unique enrichment opportunities. Most students choose to study abroad during their four-year education, and many travel on academic trips that enhance classroom work. Students who intern receive on-the-job experience, which adds an important dimension to their undergraduate education.

Carnegie Mellon University will have a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, creativity, and entrepreneurship. To create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge, problem solving, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills and personal health and well-being.

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to

  • Attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent
  • Creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish
  • Ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential

To impact society in a transformative way—regionally, nationally, and globally—by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.

Dedication: reflected in our distinctive work ethic and in our commitment to excellence.

Impact: reflected in our commitment to address critical issues facing society regionally, nationally, and globally.

Collaboration: reflected in our interdisciplinary approach, our focus on internal and external partnerships, and our capacity to create new fields of inquiry.

Creativity: reflected in our openness to new ideas and forms of expression, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Empathy and Compassion: reflected in our focus on improving the human condition and on the personal development of the members of our community.

Inclusion: reflected in a culture and climate that seeks, welcomes, and advances talented minds from diverse backgrounds.

Integrity: reflected in our adherence to the highest ethical standards in personal and professional behavior, and in our commitment to transparency and accountability in governance and everything we do

Sustainability: reflected in our shared commitment to lead by example in preserving and protecting our natural resources, and in our approach to responsible financial planning.

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Courses & Programs


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration